Born and raised in Athens, where she graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1995 under Chronis Botsoglou, Dimitris Mytaras, Vana Xenou and Alekos Fassianos. She went to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris to study the technique of fresco.

Since her graduation she has exhibited her work at seven solo exhibitions, while also taking part in various group exhibitions. Her works can be found in private collections and museums.


I was born with art as a part of me… If I didn’t paint, nothing would change about me.

I enjoy travelling and living at different locations around the world, so as to get to know the people and be inspired by their art, traditions, and history. However, my travels have showed me that the scenery of Greece and my origins are those that inspire me the most.

I try to give life to my paintings, to make them be windows to the world. I try in my images to make leaves rustle, flowers smell and people talk. I love whatever moves; the sea, the birds, the wind through a laurel tree, the ephemeral character of a whisper or a glance…

I am only after the idea, not the form.

Iole Xifara