Kes Efstathiou (eF-sta-thEE-O) is an emerging artist based in Rochester, New York. His current practice and research grapples with societal perceptions of masculinity, the gender binary, consumption of nature, and humor. Largely influenced by the history of landscape photography and commercial depictions of the outdoor industry, Kes uses a stereotypical western landscape as a backdrop to his disguised self-portraits and still life photographs. In his free time, Kes enjoys exploring both real and fake nature. He earned his MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology and his BA in Photography from Montana State University – Bozeman. Currently, he is a Visiting Lecturer at RIT.
Kes really likes buffalo checkered plaid. He hopes that when you see him wearing his favorite flannel shirt, you assume he is excellent at chopping firewood.