Peter Hoffer (left) and Georgio Karyakos


It all began at a dinner party. Georgio Kyriakos suggested to friend and fellow artist, Peter Hoffer, that they trade the same work of art back and forth, each incorporating his own sense of design, composition and detail to create one unique piece. There would be no discussion, no shared plans – only a “yes and” approach of improv. The results are colorful expressions of a friendship.

Georgio C Kyriakos, a resident of Bethlehem, PA, received his MFA from the Royale Academie de Beux Arts in Liege, Belgium. He was the art director for a collective of nightclubs and coffee houses in Belgium, promoting live music, design, painting, photography, and collaborative creative expression.

Georgio has exhibited paintings in Belgium, Holland, Spain, and the United States. As his paintings can range from abstract to surrealism to geometric, he refers to his painting style as oneiric – reference to his native Greek language, oneiros – meaning to dream.

He is a member of the Lehigh Art Alliance and frequently exhibits his work at the Luckenbach Mill in Historic Bethlehem. In 2024, he will be exhibiting his work at the House Gallery in Bethlehem, and the Nazareth Center for the Arts.

[You can view more of Georgio Kyriakos’ work at his Instagram.]

Peter Hoffer, a resident of Waverly, Pa, received a BA in Art from George Washington University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He also did post graduate sabbatical study at Rochester Institute of Technology.

After more than four decades as a full-time member of the art faculty at Marywood University, Peter continues his art in his home studio that includes this recent collaboration with Georgio. His work ranges in style from an earlier representational approach to his current abstractions and non-objective forms.

[You can view more of Peter Hoffer’s work at his Instagram.]


ART@EPL is the library’s exciting partnership with the Lehigh Art Alliance and the Lehigh Valley Arts Council. The series is funded through a grant from PA Partners in the Arts, making it possible for area residents to enjoy free art lectures and workshops from local artists working in pastels, charcoal, sculpture, and watercolor among others.

Visit the ART@EPL page to see all the artists who have led workshops and exhibited work at the library as part of ART@EPL.