In the 1970s and 1980s, Paul Melchior Borghese, alias Pierre-Marie Bordrez, painted disturbingly accurate still lifes and oddly disquieting portraits.
In 1990, he packed his paintbrushes and moved with his family to a remote Greek island at the southern fringe of Europe.
His encounter with Byzantine art quickly led him to switch from canvas to wood, and to experiment painting on gold, copper and silver leaf. Armed with these techniques, he began to hone small-scale pictures characterized by delicate strokes of pure, extraordinarily vivid colours (all of them natural and ground by hand).
Together with his sons, who had converted to the Orthodox faith, he meanwhile devoted himself to the study of traditional icon painting. Little by little, this became the family’s main activity, and the Studio was born.
The Studio accepts no compromise with the timeless rules of icon painting. Its output is therefore highly regarded by the local public. Many of its made-to-order icons now adorn churches, chapels and private houses both in Tilos and in Rhodes, the large neighbouring island.
Visitors from abroad have also shown a strong interest in the Studio’s icons and paintings, and this website aims to assist them in ordering our unique pictures.