I am Christina Michalopoulou, a Greek artist, a contemporary painter living and working in Thessaloniki, Greece.
My mediums are acrylic paint or oil colors on large canvas surfaces. My paintings, as my soul lately, are in a constant battle between abstraction and photorealism. Creating figurative, photorealistic human figures and body parts on one hand, bringing them in total contradiction with contemporary abstraction on the other. Most of the times, I choose to bring the realism of my figures in contrast with an abstract, pop or minimalistic background as a play of surrealism resemblance to a collage.
I have a Buchelor degree in Marketing (Kingston University London, 1999), have studied Architectural Drawing at Ergastiri School of Arts (worked under mr G.I.Christopoulos, Thessaloniki, 1993) and Drawing & Color Techniques at Psarakis School of Arts (Thessaloniki, 1990).
During the last years, I have had a solo exhibition in Athens and participated in many International Art Fairs & Gallery Exhibitions in Europe, receiving honorable mentions and finalist distinctions for my work. Meanwhile, many of my artworks found their place in personal art collections throughout Europe.
Original artworks can be seen at my studio, DEKA5/ENDEKA in Thessaloniki and digitally on Saatchi Art, theartspace.gr and Kunstmatrix.
I returned to painting after a long hiatus. It would seem that I was gathering images and shapes during that time. I was building an unconscious archive that lived somewhere underneath my breath. They are all now pouring out, unstoppable, in acrylic and oil, in abstraction and hyperreal figuration, in blossoming color and start monochrome.
My focus is the emotional and the affective as emerging in human bodies and faces. I am interested in desire, love, obsession, sadness and elation, claustrophobia and liberation, hells and heavens. While I paint, with my brushes and my fingers, I touch upon the form of the body and how it shifts when dressed in different shading and light; the skin and the way it carries its wounds and traumas, the way it scars from things physical and mental; I love tracing the way the body recoils or spreads when touched, the way it flourishes or hides away when looked at; I am always attracted to the affects of sounds and looks, the way the body might be reacting to them and how they make it turn, towards them or away from them.
My bodies are always dipped in a space of different texture: it could be angular and harsh, or soft and nebulous, but it always carries the causes for the body’s posture, it gives clues, it explains what is happening. The dialectic between body and space is the overarching bridge of my work. The spaces I paint might not be physical or representational. They might just be the space of the canvas. But they always give form to the body folded in them. Space and body embrace each other in seriousness or fun, in cartoonism or quotidian tragedy, in concreteness and abstraction.
2019 “Selfie”, Chili Art Gallery, Athens (5-21/12)
2020 “The Observer”, Arte Visione Gallery, Athens (20-30/10)
2020 “Element Environment Energy – 3E”, Santorini Arts Factory, Santorini (9/8-30/9)
2020 Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London, Shortlisted for the Royal Arts Prize (20-29/2)
2020 “Anthropologio”, Art.Number23 Gallery, Athens, Thissio (18/1 – 12/3)
2019 Art Thessaloniki, participation with Chalkos Gallery, Helexpo International Fair Center (21-24/11)
2019 “Roy’s People Art Fair”, International Exhibition at Truman Brewery, London (3-6/10)
2019 “En Plo”, Time of Art Gallery, Athens
2019 “La Vie En Rose”, Peiraios Bank Establishment, Thessaloniki
2019 “The Body Language”, ITSLIQUID International Art Exhibition, Venice Italy
2018 “Art in 3 Bids”, Μyro Gallery, Thessaloniki
2018 “Nude”, Μyro Gallery, Thessaloniki
2018 International Art Exhibition, Macedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki
2018 “Give back”, G.H.Papageorgiou, Visual Arts Sector, Thessaloniki
2017 Group Exhibition, Govedarou Gallery, Thessaloniki
2017 International Art Exhibition, Porto Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki
2017 «Lost Motherlands II», Helexpo – “Ioannis Vellidis” Congress Center, Thessaloniki
2017 «Lost Motherlands I», G.H.Papageorgiou, Visual Arts Sector, Thessaloniki
2016 «Forms in Grey», G.H.Papageorgiou, Visual Arts Sector, Thessaloniki
2014 La Mamart, Group Exhibitions, Peiraios Bank Establishment, Thessaloniki
2020 Barcelona International Big Awards 2020 Finalist (Exhibition will take place on 2021 due to covid-19, in Spain)
2020 Nominated for the Royal Arts Prize, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London
2020 Artist of the Year 2019 Contest Finalist, Circle Foundation for the Arts, February 2020
2019 Honourable Distinction in the Circle Foundation for the Arts, Art Competition, May 2019
2019 Honourable Mention at ITSLIQUID International Contest – 6th Edition 2018:
2019 Artsy Shark Featured Artist February ’19: https://www.artsyshark.com/2019/02/14/featured-artist-christina-michalopoulou/
2016 1st price for the participation in “Forms in Grey” International Art Fair, G.H.Papageorgiou, Visual Arts Sector Thessaloniki