Born in Piraeus in 1959, she was an École nationale superieure des Beux-Arts student under Leonardo Cremonini (1983-1987). As of 1989 she has had over ten solo shows both in Greece and abroad; meanwhile she has also taken part in many group exhibitions. Her works are on display in the National Gallery of Greece, the Frissiras Museum, the Kouvoutsakis Art Institute, the Tellogleion Art Foundation, the National Bank of Greece, the Gallery of the city of Florina, the French Ministry of Finance as well as in private collections both in Greece and abroad. She has illustrated the following books: I moni klironomia by Giorgos Ioannou (The only legacy, 1995) and Athina, diadromes kai staseis (Athens, itineraries and stops, Collective Work, 1999). She lives and works in Athens and Paris.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013 Infini Végétal, Μusée Lambinet, Versailles, France
  • 2012 Labyrinthes Vegetaux, Galerie Lefor Openo, Paris, France
  • 2007 As an Antidote, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 2006 Portraits of Plants, Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2005 Galerie Visconti, Paris, France
  • 2003 Athens Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2001 15 Years of Painting, Cultural Centre, Lefkada, Greece
  • 2001 Galerie Etienne de Causans, Paris, France
  • 1999 Athens Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1996 Titanium Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1995 Galerie Jean–Louis Tapiau, Paris, France
  • 1993 Gallery Terracotta, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1992 Ekfrassi Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1991 Galerie Eonnet-Dupuy, Paris, France
  • 1991 Iraklio Art Gallery, Iraklio, Crete, Greece.
  • 1989 Ora Gallery, Athens, Greece

Group Exhibitions

  • 2013 The 80's Generation - Contemporary Greek Painting from the Sotiris Felios Collection, National Gallery - Alexander Soutzos Museum - Sparta Annex, (Coumantaros Art Gallery), Sparta
  • 2012 Ellenico Plurale - Dipinti dalla Collezione Sotiris Felios, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome (curated by Giuliano Serafini)
  • 2012 India Art-Fair, with Kalfayan galleries, New Delhi
  • 2012 Carrement Sauvage, Galerie Michèle Hayem Ivasilièvich, Paris
  • 2012 Terre du Végétal, Carte blanche à Jean-Marie Felli, Beaufort en Anjou
  • 2012 Between Reality and Fantasy. Works from the Sotiris Felios Collection, Giorgio De Chirico Art Center, Volos (curated by Irene Orati)
  • 2011 Black & White, Frissiras Museum, Athens
  • 2011 Natura, Eugenides Foundation, Athens (curated by Athina Schina)
  • 2010 20 years Galerie Lefor Openo, Paris
  • 2009 The Artist’s Eye, Frissiras Museum, Athens
  • 2009 Art Athina, Athens
  • 2009 Art Dubai 2009, Kalfayan Galleries, Dubai
  • 2008 Art Dubai 2008, Kalfayan Galleries, Dubai
  • 2007 Visual Arts in Greece/Artistic Innovation-Semiotics of Its Condition in the New Era, State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki and Kalfayan Galleries
  • 2007 Dialogues 2007, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and Kalfayan Galleries
  • 2006 Flowers in Contemporary Art, Benaki Museum (Piraeus Street), Athens (curated by Eleni Kypreou and Stavros Tsigoglou)
  • 2006 Anatomy of a Dream, Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki
  • 2006 Once upon a time there was Penelope Delta..., Athens College, Athens
  • 2005 In Arte Veritas, Petros and Marika Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros, Greece (curated by Athina Schina)
  • 2005 TIR Gallery, Geneva
  • 2005 Salon de Mai, Paris
  • 2005 Lauréate de la Fondation Colas, Paris
  • 2004 Agonon Polis, Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens, Athens
  • 2004 Salon de Mai, Paris (curated by Athina Schina)
  • 2004 In our image, after our likeness, Frissiras Museum, Athens (curated by Martha Chalikia)
  • 2003 Art-The City’s Patron, Ioannina Municipal Gallery,  Ioannina, Greece (curated by Haris Kambouridis)
  • 2001 Salon de Mai, Paris
  • 2001 Greek Light, Psycharis Gallery,  Athens (curated by Dora Rogan)
  • 2001 O Figures, Galerie Lefor-Openo, Paris
  • 2000 Metaichmio, Selene Gallery, Athens (curated by Dora Rogan)
  • 2000 Salon de Mai, Paris
  • 2000 Salon de l’A.C.A.M. à Brecey, Painting Prize, Paris
  • 2000 24 Sunsets, Galerie 3, Athens (curated by Eurydice Trichon)
  • 2000 2000 tins, Lithographer of Piraeus, Athens Street (curated by Alexis Veroucas, Niki Nikonanou, NikosStefanou)
  • 2000 4 Painters, Maison de la Grèce, Paris (curated by Eurydice Trichon)
  • 2000 Human Figure, Athens Gallery, Athens
  • 2000 Athens-Paris - Paris-Athens, Ersi’s Gallery, Athens (curated by Irini Savani)
  • 1999 Athens, Itineraries of the City, Gallery 24, Athens
  • 1998 Focalisations du Regard, Presidency of Greece, Brussels (curated by Athina Schina)
  • 1997 Oiko+Asty, Hellenic American Union, Athens (curated by Manos Stefanides)
  • 1997 The Sources of Gaze, Centre of Contemporary Art, Larissa, Greece (curated by Athina Schina )
  • 1996 Hommage à Paul Verlaine, Institut Français - Galerie 24, Piraeus
  • 1995 For El Greco, National Gallery, Athens
  • 1995 Greek Painters, Cyprus
  • 1994 The Frissiras Collection, Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki and Vellides Foundation (curated by Takis Mavrotas)
  • 1993 Young Greek Painters, Municipal Gallery, Hydra
  • 1993 The Frissiras Collection, Municipal Gallery, Neoria, Chania, Crete
  • 1992 The Frissiras Collection, The Byzantine Museum, island of Zakinthos, Greece (curated by Takis Mavrotas),
  • 1991 In the Realm of Dreams, House of Cyprus, Athens (Kastaniotis Publications)
  • 1990 Vers un Nouvel Humanism, Centre Culturel de Villejuif, Paris
  • 1990 Realisms, Municipal Gallery, Kalamata (curated by Martha Christofoglou)
  • 1989 For Armenia, Pierides Museum, Athens
  • 1989 The Mask of Painting, Patras (curated by Manos Stefanides)
  • 1988 Young Greek Photographers, Titanium Gallery, Athens
  • 1988 Atelier Cremonini, Musée des Beaux Arts de Mons, Brussels
  • 1987 Weller Prize, Académie des Beaux Arts, Paris
  • 1987 Atelier Cremonini, Galerie de la Maison des Beaux Arts, Paris
  • 1986 Salon Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Monaco
  • 1985 Salon “Novembre à Vitry”, Paris

The desideratum is painting

The desideratum is poetry

In a world which fragments our sensitivity, the language of painting remains a possibility for getting to know ourselves and seeing the world afresh.

The work is ‘in the image and likeness’ and not a mechanical construct and imitation. Just as the divine was breathed into man through ‘in the image and likeness’, so in the work of painting the expression of the uniqueness and complexity of the person who has produced it is made possible, but not in the ready-made.

I do not paint the human face, I paint the human look. The lost face must be recovered. I speak of the human adventure in a world which deforms our face.

In painting, what interests me is the metaphor. I need the distance which creates. That interval which makes possible the transformation of reality. It allows me to develop my imagination freely, it provides space for a choice of features of reality and for a new composition of them, over and beyond stereotypes. In tracing and revealing a covert course followed by the soul, in making the impress of time, with all the doubts, surprises, certainties. This is a poetic process which is rendered possible through the language of painting.

The effort of organising the work, up to its final form, is what makes it possible, over and beyond my original intentions or ideas, for more profound, unseen and organic features to make their appearance. This is for me the magic of painting; the revelation of myself and of the world.

Painting is for me a form of love experienced, as I give expression to all my complexity and individuality: the greatest field of my freedom.

In flowers what attracts me is the fragility and vitality which they possess, the transient and the energising; as well as the tragic element, beauty in a dialogue with death. These are the two boundaries within which the life of man rolls on, where the power of the love for life springs up.

Many of my works show my love for the void. I believe that in every presence there is a void which corresponds to it. I attempt every time to comprehend the quality of this absence. It helps me to gain a better sense of the presence within the stretcher. Presence-absence, the two poles of my imagination, the basis of my sensibility.

Anna Maria Tsakali
* From the exhibition catalogue “in arte veritas”, Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros, 2005, p.85.

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