Dimitri Likissas, pointillist painter from Sint Maarten. Photo © Courtesy of the artist

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

I am a full time painter obsessed with painting colored dots. I started as a graphic designer in the newspaper world about 25 years ago. I have been painting all my life as a hobby but have been doing it professionally since 2016. With my dot paintings I am after creating optical effects whereby you can only see the image at a distance.

2.What does your work aim to say?

I consider each colored dot to be like a person. You and me and everyone. Together we all make up that image shown. You will notice that in my work all the dots are spread out evenly in a grid. The grid stands for me as for rigour and rules of society. I could have easily made squares instead of dots, but squares are not free, squares can not roll, but dots are free and can roll. Personally I don’t want needless rules, I want freedom.