Kallirroi Marouda is a painter with an important career in the field of the Greek art scene. In her latest work, the female body is the central theme, in a series of fifteen paintings that she created over the last decade. Subtle depictions of young women stand before the viewer’s gaze naked, but not defenseless. The artist has shifted the handling of her painting to a new direction: it goes from faithful representation to feelings and ideas with universal appeal, as the art historian George Mylonas mentions. The painting that Marouda loves is created from the inside out. This presupposes a painful process, where the painted matter does not have the unformed element of Lucian Freud’s relevant subject matter, or the fleshy form sought by Jenny Saville. On the contrary, the painting surface in Marouda’s work is uniform, clear of tonal gradations, emitting an inner light. Even the background is directly related to the face, or better partakes in the face, as it emerges in liquid form, while it assumes a metaphysical format, between the boundaries of realism and distant memory. The roots of this place can be found in Zakynthos, the birthplace of the creator. “The fog of the island brought me fear which I managed to overcome – and conquer – through my painting. Now, it’s in my DNA,” she explains.
K. M. was born in Koiliomeno, Zakynthos, in 1956. She studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts in the workshop of Dimitris Mytaras, and History of Art with Marina Lambraki-Plaka. She also attended the scenography workshop with Vasileios Vassiliadis. She has worked at the National Theatre of Greece with set designer Laloula Chrysikopoulou. In 1990 she graduated with honors from ASFA and came first for an internal scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation. Thematic cycles of her work have been presented in many solo exhibitions and she has participated in numerous exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In 2019, her work was presented at IANOS by Kostis Kazamiakis. Also in 2019, Greek National TV presented her work in the show “Other Dimension”. Her works can be found in the Greek Parliament, the National Gallery, the Ministry of Culture, Moschandreou Art Gallery, Teriade Museum, Frissiras Museum, AGET Iraklis’ Collection, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, and in many municipal galleries, public and private collections in Greece and abroad.
1991: Athens, Artistic Cultural Center “Hour”.” Bright Rooms”.
1995: Zakynthos, Art Gallery of Zakynthos “Landscapes”.
1996: Athens, Art Gallery “Espace Kreonidis”.” Light and Shadows”
2000: Athens, Athens Art Gallery “Rain, Mist, Silence”
2001: Athens, Technopolis, “Works for the calendar of AGET Iraklis”
2003: Karditsa, Gallery “F”
2004: Zakynthos, Art Space “Crypt”, “Landscapes”
2005: Athens, Skoufa Gallery, “Journey”
2006: Thessaloniki, Metamorphosis Gallery, “Sea and Sky”
2007: Macedonian Museum of Modern Art of Thessaloniki, “Dialogues 2007”
2011: Solo exhibition “From the aquarium to the dive” at the Art Gallery “Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou”
2021: Solo exhibition “Incarnate image” at Gallery “7”
From 1991 until today she has taken part in many group-thematic exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
Opening: Tuesday 25.01.2022
Duration: 25.01 – 12.02.2022
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