IN ISOLATION WITH…
Art Director, Cyprus in Style Magazine
Anatolios is the Art Director and Designer for Cyprus in Style Magazine. He is also a Modern Calligraphy Artist and works on both local and international projects which include fashion, street art and corporate collaborations. Anatolios has a passion for creating sharp, professional and unique designs. He is skilled in developing high-impact marketing materials, brand identities, social media, typography, GFX animation, and print/editorial designs. He travels extensively to hold workshops and partake in different projects across Europe. Anatolios lives in Paphos with his wife and young daughter.
Where are you spending isolation?
Currently, I am at my home in Paphos. I visit my Mum to take her supplies, but apart from that, I am in isolation alone. My wife and daughter are in Russia with the travel restrictions and due to safety reasons. At the beginning of Lockdown, I was supposed to be lecturing in Germany but thankfully made the decision not to travel.
How are you coping with isolation? How are you staying busy?
As a designer and artist, it is wonderful for me to have the time to experiment with new ideas. I have been painting and writing on canvases and large format papers. Never in my life have I had so much time to pursue my artistic passions. My projects are all home-based, and I can keep in touch with my clients online.
What is the current status of your business?
Definitely in quarantine mode. I am working with clients online who are taking the opportunity to rebrand their websites and upgrade their marketing materials.
Do you have anything you would like to promote?
I am delighted to work with any companies that are looking to rebrand during these strange times. It will all come to an end, and companies need to be ready with their branding and web design to stand out from the crowd. My portfolio can be found at AnatolioSpyrlidis.com or to view my artworks, you can visit my Instagram profile at @RoyalVenom. Clients are very welcome to contact me to discuss different ways that we can work together on improving their business brand.
Do you have a message/advice for other business owners?
As mentioned before, they need to be prepared for the aftermath and have their marketing tools ready to go. Keep focused on your business as this Lockdown will end.
What is positive about being in isolation?
It is a chance for all of us to stop and rethink certain aspects of our lives. To realise the importance of our loved ones and what is vital in our lives. Another positive for me has been meeting new people online. We all have more time to be online.
What is negative about being in isolation?
The lack of freedom which we all took for granted before.
Are you cooking and if so, share your favourite dish?
I do enjoy cooking. My favourite dish at the moment is quinoa with vegetables and home-made burgers.
What have you been watching to pass the time? Can you recommend any films/series?
I don’t watch TV as I prefer to use my time to paint instead.
What have you been listening to in terms of music? Can you recommend an album?
Apashe is an upcoming artist from Belgium with very unique sounds which are a mix of classic orchestra, electronic music, and rap – pure majesty!
When things get back to normal, what are you looking forward to the most?
I cannot wait to be reunited with my wife and daughter. I have not seen them since January and I am missing them very much. It is a long time to be apart.