Friday, June 27, 2008
#34 Minas Konsolas: Bohemian on the Run
Minas Konsolas was born in 1953 in a tiny, isolated, mountain village way up in the clouds called Olympos (the second “o” makes it different). In 1973, he was conscripted into the Greek army. In 1976, he got out of the Greek army and left Greece too. He went west to visit his sisters in Baltimore and stayed because it was cool. His perception of the world had changed and he preferred being an immigrant in the US rather than a foreigner in his own country. He is a bohemian on the run and believes that we are always searching for our home within ourselves. One of the ways that Minas search for himself is through painting, which he has done since he was 21 years old; it is a way to be with himself, to create something, and to record the tensions in his life. He never played the lyra when he was growing up on Olympos, but he does now, as a way to stay connected to Greece. Coming from a family of merchants, it is fitting that Minas now runs a boutique with his wonderful wife, Peggy Hoffman. In fact, it is because of this seemingly inherited trait that they met. One day, Minas had stepped out of his shop for a bit of fresh air, saw Peggy walking down the street, and thought that she was the freshest thing that he had ever seen. The fact that Peggy and Minas are from two different cultures means that they are still discovering new things about each other, which has kept their marriage fresh as well.