Thomas Kalyvas

Thomas Kalyvas

Location: Sweden

I paint mainly oil and acrylic, some watercolour as well. Most of my paintings are basically pictures I've had in my mind that I need to paint.


My paintings with religious motives

Mainly christian motives.

I Am Crucified Yet I Live “I Am Crucified Yet I Live”

It depicts the last moments of our Lord and Saviour upon the cross. He is obviously tormented yet also glorified, which is signified by His fiery halo. Perhaps the greatest mystery of the crucifixion is how suffering leads to glorification. His beautiful face discloses torment by His paleness, wrinkles, blood and somewhat dark contours. His slightly asymmetrical eyes tell of the disfigurement that he feels inside from constant pain. Such asymmetry recalls the most ancient orthodox icons that show His human and divine nature in one face. His gaze at the viewer is that of the Lamb of God carrying the sins of the world. His overall expression, together with the mouth, reveals a slight bewilderment from such pain, yet He stands firm and strong in willpower, commanding your attention.

Ophis Christos “Ophis Christos”

From what I saw in India, many homeless people lying right on the street. In this symbolical painting, they bear the wounds and sufferings of Christ, the Saviour of the poor. He is depicted in the sense of the christian gnostic Ophis-Christos. In the picture, the concrete-world is slowly swallowing up and devouring the homeless people who can not bear anymore of the evil in the world.

The Lamb of God/The Ram of God “The Lamb of God/The Ram of God”

This is a depiction of Christ as both the Lamb of God and the Ram of God. For when a lamb is fully grown, it becomes a ram.

Old woman begging in India “Old woman begging in India”

Inspired by an old woman I saw begging under a bridge in Chennai, India. She seemed to have a bad case of cataract in one eye. Smell of faeces was everywhere. She asked for money with a look of despair. Her hand is symbolically caught by the egoistic materal-concrete-world that rushes on in its monstrous insanity. She bears the wounds of Christ, for He said that whatever has been done to the poor and needy - whether good or bad - has been done to Him.


Imaginative figures, mainly females.

Méav “Méav”

Irish singer Méav, displaying Integrity. Watercolour sketch. She is either singing or saying "sscchh", for being quiet within is having integrity.

The Old Ways (The Seasons Have Their Way) “The Old Ways (The Seasons Have Their Way)”

Depicting the wonderful artist Loreena McKennitt, calling up the Old Ways with her magical harp.