Archive of Author | George Petrou

George Petrou is a London-based artist, born in 1981 in Cyprus. He was awarded a BA in Fine Art in 2008 from Chelsea College of Art and Design and since July 2011 he holds an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London. The year he graduated he was selected to exhibit at Bloomberg New Contemporaries. He has exhibited at the ICA, Design Museum, Freud Museum, Modern Art Oxford, Sommerset House, Hospital Club, Independents Liverpool Biennial, Moscow Young Artists Biennial among others.

He has delivered lectures and spoken in symposiums across the UK, including: University of Warwick, Senate House, University of Brighton and East Kent College.

He was also commissioned to create work for the Royal Society Summer Exhibition at Southbank Centre, supported by the Wellcome Trust and was invited to create a piece to be presented at TedMed, Athens. Since 2012 he has been resident artist at Imperial College London where he develops surgical simulators with high technical and visual realism, which mimic real-life tissue behaviour and anatomical structure. Combining artistic and scientific rigour, he develops synthetic models used for training senior surgical trainees in open inguinal hernia repair, breast cancer treatment, and many other procedures. His work has been presented in conferences across UK and the United States and published in several scientific journals.


Articles with George Petrou

When we split in two

George Petrou works mainly with moving image, photography, sculpture, performance, and video installation. His practice as a visual artist explores the human body; its strengths, promises, and boundaries. Deriving from this interest and alongside his individual practice George works as a Simulation Developer in Surgery creating highly realistic surgical phantoms, which mimic real-life tissue behaviour and anatomical structure.