From 1952 until today, Valentinos Charalambous has been a creative ceramist and a teacher in ceramic art. His work is divided into three themes, (a) murals, (b) three-dimensional sculptures, and (c) large wheel-thrown bowls. He comes from a family of traditional potters from Famagusta, Cyprus, and studied ceramic art in England [1948-1952]. In 1957 he was invited to organize the Ceramics Department at Baghdad’s Academy of Fine Arts, Iraq, where he lived and worked for the following 30 years. During his studies, he was inducted by the masters of ceramics the spirit, the demands and the pursuit of the new movement in hand-crafted ceramics.
Through his long career as an artist and teacher, his work sits within the framework of the characteristics and general parameters of the international ceramic art world. At the same time, his work doesn’t shy away from its Greek-Cypriot identity with clear influences from the many middle eastern cultures.