«Pop icons in a media drenched age»
OPENING JUNE 6 2019, 19:30
Duration: June 6 until July 20, 2019
Dr Thalia Vrachopoulos
Excerpt from the catalogue:
…The work of the three artists in this show Ifigeneia Avramopoulou, Yorgos Giotsas and Eleni Parmakeli visually relates to the pop culture aesthetic revived today around the world. But their goals and language differ. Avramopoulou is interested in the kind of imprint that culture and context stamp upon the individual human psyche while searching for essences. Through her iconic work, Parmakeli examines the extremes, or changes taking place between the real and virtual worlds. And, Giotsas combines word and image to convey his outrage over political events and their repercussions upon the poor sector of the populace…
Ifigeneia Avramopoulou was born in Patra, Greece. She has been granted the State Foundation Scholarship Award by IKY for her studies in Fine Arts at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia, in Florina, Greece (2007-2012). Her Professors were Mr. Yiannis Kastritsis (painting), Mr. Manolis Polymeris (painting) and Mrs. Dimitra Siaterli (etching-engraving). Holder of an Integrated Master’s Degree in Painting. She has presented her work in the solo exhibition «Crucifixion, Homage to Matthias Grünewald» at the PeriTechnon Karteris art gallery in 2017 (curator: Lida Kazantzaki). She has participated in many group exhibitions and art fairs. In Greece she is represented by PeriTechnon Karteris art Gallery. She has designed and illustrated the book cover of «Orlando, A biography», by Virginia Woolf (Gutenberg Editions, ALDINA – 11, Orbis Literae). She is a member of the Berlin bbk e.V., the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and the Association of Visual Artists of Patras. She lives and works in Patras, Athens and Berlin.
Yorgos Giotsas attended classes of painting at the School of Fine Arts in Greece and Graphic Design at Hertfordshire University in the UK. He lived in London, Istanbul and Athens. Today he leaves and works in Italy and Greece. Several works of him belong to private and public collections in Greece and outside, we can see some of them in particular in the Museum for Contemporary Art and 20th Century in Monsummano, in the Hungarian Open Air Museum at Szentendre – Budapest, in the Museum Kresow of Lubaczow, and at New York, in Queens College, in Consulate General of Greece at New York and in the Italian American Museum.
Up to the present, he held 10 solo exhibitions and has taken part in numerous International group exhibitions and art fairs. In Greece he is represented by PeriTechnon Karteris art Gallery.
Eleni Parmakeli was born in Athens where she lives and works. In 1997, she started her studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts, from which she graduated with first-class honours in 2003. She studied Painting at the studios of Prof. T.Patraskidis and Prof. Y. Valavanidis. In addition, she studied Engraving and Mosaic at the School s studios. Up to the present, she held three solo exhibitions and has taken part in four International Contemporary Art Fairs and twenty group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In Greece she is represented by PeriTechnon Karteris art Gallery. Works by Eleni Parmakeli are to be found in the collection of Goulandri Museum and in private collections in Greece and abroad.
Critics and art historians who wrote on her oeuvre: Giuliano Serafini, Chrisanthos Christou, Yiannis Kolokotronis, Takis Mavrotas, Bia Papadopoulou, Athena Schina, Dora Iliopoulou Rogan.