Born in Athens in 1961, she studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1979-1986) under Yiorgos Mavroidis, Yannis Moralis and Dimitris Mytaras (1979-1986). She had her first solo exhibition in Athens in 1987. Since then she has shown her work in a series of other solo and group exhibitions. She has been teaching art in Secondary Education. Vlachaki has been engaged in illustrating books and book-covers. Her works can be found in Kouvoutsakis Art Institute, Vorres Museum, National Gallery, the Hellenic Parliament and in private collections. She ives and works in Athens, Greece.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2007 Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2006 Tzamia-Crystala, Chania, Greece
  • 2004 Nees Morfes gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1997 Nees Morfes gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1993 Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 1992 Milies, Pilio, Greece
  • 1992 Ora Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1987 Eleni Koronaiou 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 Garden Secrets, on the occasion of Nikos Kypourgos reprinted music album Garden Secrets, in collaboration with Mikri Arktos, Ianos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2012 Art Space 24: 24 years, Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2012 10 painters read 10 writers, Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2012 Between Reality and Fantasy. Works from the Sotiris Felios Collection, Giorgio de Chirico Art Center, Volos, Greece(curated by Irene Orati)
  • 2011 Group exhibition, Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2010 For the teacher Dimitris Mytaras, Glykas Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2010 Seven Strange Little Festive Stories, Seven, Christos Boulotis book release, Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 It happened in Athens, Cultural Centre “Melina Merkouri”, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 Group exhibition, Karpenisi, Evrytania, Greece
  • 2008 Tribute to Alexandros Papadiamantis, Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2007 Group exhibition tribute to the bicycle, Chania, Crete, Greece
  • 2007 Angelidou, Vlachaki, Papanikolaou, Ianos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2006 Tribute to Yorgos Ioannou, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2006 Tribute to G. Vizyenos, Art Space 24 in collaboration with Eleftherotypia newspaper, Athens, Greece
  • 2006 Bathers, Ianos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2005 Playing with time, Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2005 Painting, Glass-Crystal Gallery, Chania, Crete, Greece
  • 2005 Tribute to Maria Polydouri, in collaboration with Eleftherotypia newspaper, Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2004 Playing with time, Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2004 Athens Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2003 Format 30x40, Athens Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2002 Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2001 Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 2000 2000 cans,  Piraeus street lithographer’s house, Athens, Greece
  • 2000 Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 1999 Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 1997 To our professor Mavroidis, Cultural Centre Spiti tis Kyprou, Athens, Greece
  • 1997 Visual Art Center, Larissa, Greece
  • 1995 Amymoni Gallery, Ioannina, Greece
  • 1995 Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 1994 Anny Balta Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1993Art Space 24, Athens, Greece
  • 1993 Municipality of Hydra, Hydra, Greece
  • 1992 Ora Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1991 Film Festival Exhibition of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1991 Para Dimon Oneiron, Cultural Centre Spiti tis Kyprou, Kastaniotis editions, Athens, Greece
  • 1990 Doukissis Plakentias Mansion, Athens, Greece
  • 1990 Exhibition of secondary education professors, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • 1989 Terracotta Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1989 Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, Catalogue edition, Portrait exhibition, Athens, Greece
  • 1988 Avgi newspaper exhibition,  K. Palamas building, Athens, Greece
  • 1987 Exhibition of the graduates of the School of Fine Arts, Mytaras workshop, K. Palamas building, Athens, Greece

Illustrations

  • Alki Zei, Konstantina and her spiders, 2008 (book cover)
  • Alki Zei, Achilleas’ fiancée (English edition), Kedros Publishers, 2003 (book cover)
  • Papanikolaou-Vlachaki, Cumin and Cinnamon, Patakis editions, 1998
  • Alki Zei, Young Voice, Kastaniotis editions, 1997
  • Thodoris Gonis, Gate of the land, 1993
  • Francis Scott Fitzgerald, The Less of Happiness, Kedros Publishers, 1994

 

Bibliography

  • Rizospastis newspaper, March2004
  • E. Mavromatis, Kerdos newspaper, March2004
  • S. Haimanta, Ta Nea tis Technis, May 1997
  • D. Rizopoulos, Kathimerini newspaper, February 1997
  • E. Mavromatis, Kerdos newspaper, March 1997
  • M. Maragou, Eleftherotipia newspaper, February 1997
  • H. Mortoglou, Rizospastis newspaper, February 1997
  • E. Mathiopoulos, Rizospastis newspaper, December 1996
  • Kanellis, Idaniko Spiti magazine, March 1992
  • Ch. Kambouridis, Ta Nea newspaper, April1992
  • E. Mathiopoulos, Rizospastis newspaper, December 1987
  • M. Maragou, Eleftherotipia newspaper, October 1987
  • M. Lambraki - Plaka, To Vima newspaper, October 1987

Nature’s hermetic essence, its circularity and uniformity along with the fact that its most hidden and uninterpreted part is probably the human being, do not allow its phenomena to rise to the heights of an aesthetic emotion. Even sweetness and tenderness emitted from the bodies’ joining, do not rise. The main reason for this motionlessness may be the creator’s permanent absence. We do not see his laborious hand.

Marilitsa Vlachaki’s hand touches and probes the same archetypical creation. The one that includes nature and the naked man. All of a sudden, though, this recreation makes us meditate and, above all, transmits a soulful and spiritual kind of shiver. This is partly due to the total lack of affection, more or less as we find it in the light and common popular ways. I don’t know if meditation truly enhances our deep knowledge – though it is true that hopeful souls reach divinity through elevation-, but probably this shiver adds to the expression of the face, to the deepness of the look, to the tone of the voice. The imprints that meditation leaves on our face make us worthy of a better communication, reconcile us and unify us- in the trunk that nourishes the countless branches of otherness.

I like to think of these paintings exhibited in public places – not necessarily in galleries and Museums-, offering themselves to the eye of the passer-by. Like roadsigns of a new conciliation between the individual and the social. I wonder what the face of the passer-by will be in the remote future.

Sotiris Dimitriou
Translation: Melina Panagiotidou

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