Thalassa

Photo Gallery

The Association of Greek engravers (A.G.E.), founded in 1986, is a nonprofit organization composed of well known and famous engravers such as V.Katrakis, K.Gramatopoulos and V.Charos. The Association is composed of 82 members who are working with traditional methods, such as woodcut, etching and lithography, as well as modern printing techniques.

Thalassa under the care of A.G.E. is an album that was created in 2006. Each one of the art creations in this album, is inspired by Greek Poems about Sea. It was also  an idea of the artist printmaker Christos Santamouris and was created under his personal care.

The 14 artist engravers that participate in this album created and printed their work by hand one by one on Canson gravure paper, all in the same size 21 x 29cm.   The cover of this album-folio is  handmade.

There are only 77 copies of them and they are considered collective. The album has been exposed in many Cultural and Municipality Centers in Greece and abroad.

 

Artists biographies

 

NIKOS DESSEKOPOULOS

He was born in 1956 in Piraeus where he lives and works. From 1974 to 1980, he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (A.S.F.A.), engraving with K. Gramatopoulos and the technique of making Art Books with G. Papadakis for which he received an award in 1980. For an additional year, he took painting lessons with P. Tetsis and ceramic lessons with G .Georgiou. He also studied the art of hagiography with well-known hagiographers and in 1981 the art of restoration technique with T. Margaritof. In 1982 – 1983, he organised the 2nd Engraving workshop with Th. Exarchopoulos at the A.S.F.A.
Nikos Dessekopoulos has been teaching plastic arts in secondary education colleges since August 1983. He supervises and illustrates children's books. He is a member of the Chamber of the Arts. He is also a member of “Aesop”, an association for the illustrators of children's books. He is a founding member of the Association of the Greek Engravers for which he was elected chairman in November 2002.
From 1977 to the present time, Nikos Dessekopoulos has participated to several collective shows and he also presented his work at ten solo exhibitions. His work can be seen at private and public collections in Greece and abroad.

 

Eleni Kaprou

She was born in Athens in 1960. From 1981 to 1984 she studied Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.1985-86 at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica "il Bisonte" in Florence, Italy under a scholarship by the Bank of Tuscany where she got her diploma in Lithography.  1991-94 she completed a postgraduate course on Printmaking as a scholar of the Greek State Scholarship Foundation, in the Athens School of Fine Arts.  From 1992 to 1999 she obtained a second diploma in Printmaking from the Athens School of Fine Arts.She has presented her work in various group exhibitions.  Her art works can be found in private and public collections.

 

Giorgos Kefallinos

He was born in Corfu, in 1931.  He studied at the Art School of Corfu under Aggelos Kontis and Nikos Zervos.  He has been working on Engraving since 1975 and is self-taught.  He has presented  his painting and engraving work in his solo exhibitions in Corfu, in the years 1975 ,1977, 1980 and 1999 with engravings only.  He also took part in many various group exhibitions. Pieces of his work are owned by the Municipal Gallery of Corfu and many private collectors and votaries of Art.  He is a full member of the Greed Engravers Association.  He lives and works in Corfu

  
Aria Komianou

She was born 1938 in Athens. She is a graduate cum Laude, from the Department of Department of Engraving of the Athens School of Fine Arts (A.S.F.A.), in xylography, lithography and chalcography. There, she also graduated in art history as well.
Since 1962, she has presented her work in 18 personal exhibitions and in many collective shows in Greece and abroad. She has been honourd with many awards during her international presentations. Her works may be seen in private collections and museums in Greece and abroad. She is a mentioned in the Who's Who of Professional and Business Women, as well as in: 2.000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century. The biography of Aria Komianou has been published in the book of the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England.
Aria Komianou is a member of the Chamber of the Greek Artists. She is also a founding member of the Association of Greek Women Artists and a member of the board of the American Institute of International Biography.

 

IRINI PODIMATA-STEFANAKI

Born in 1946, in Heraclion,Crete.  She has studied Engraving in the Athens School of Fine Arts with ProfessorKostas Grammatopoulos and she mainly works on colour woodprints.  In 1991 she organized the "Workshop of Fine Arts" in Heraclion, Crete where she still teaches drawing.She haw presented her work in solo as well as in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

 

Christos Santamouris

He was  born in the island of Tinos, Cyclades. He graduated from the Pyrgos School of Fine Arts (Tinos), the Athens School of Fine Arts (A.S.F.A) and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Since 1992, he has been teaching etching at the Chabille Academie des Beaux Arts near Paris. In the meantime, he participated in several personal and collective exhibitions in Greece, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy,Germany, India, South Korea and Canada.
Christos Santamouris was bestowed in 1982 the “Prix du Createur” by the Museum of Uzes, France; in 1985 the 1st prize for etching by the Academie of Chabille and the Demoulin Award of the French Artists Association; in 1989, the Drawing award by the Chaville Academie; in 1990, the Paris Saint Cloud Etching award and in 1995 the Voisins-le-Bretonneux Etching award. In the year 2000, he conceived and realized the trophy to be used for the Prix Mireille (a special award for promoting of new talents).
In 1991, he created the “Art Editions Artemis 656” and published many art books that he illustrated such as : Nikos Kazantzaki's “Ascese” containing 14 etchings; then two volumes of “Odysee” containing 24 etchings, 12 each. In 2002, with the collaboration of many artists,he created the Art Edition “Collection 7” for which he produced and illustrated the first of five volumes of “ Letter to Creco” by Nikos Kazantzakis. Moreover, he contributes to “ Voix d' Encre” editions as an illustrator for poetry books.

 

Mary Schina

She was born in Serres, Greece, in 1948. She studied Printmaking (1966-1971) and Typography-Graphic Design (1971-1973), at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Lithography (1976-1981) at the École National Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris.
As Visiting Scholar, she attended Advanced Printmaking at New York University, NY (1996-1997), and as Visiting Lecturer Advanced Printmaking and Digital Prints at the Columbia College Chicago, Chicago (2004). Mary Schina has taken part in International Seminars in Norway, Paris, Lebanon and Holland. From 1981 to 1993, she taught Plastic Art at the Psychiko College in Athens. Since 1993 she has been teaching in the Printmaking Department of the Athens School of Fine Arts, and is now Assistant Professor.
Her work has been shown in 25 solo exhibitions in Greece, Cyprus, France, Germany, New York, India and Wisconsin USA, and in more than 100 group shows and International Biennials in Greece and abroad.She was awarded the “Dr. Iwasaki Prize”, at the 4th Kyoto International Woodprint Exhibition,Japan, 2003, and “Award of the Rector of Szczecin Academy of Applied Art”, at the International Print Triennial-Krakow in Poland, 2009.
Her works can be found at: the Cabinet des Estampes of the National Library in Paris, the International Graphic Art Society in New York, the Ministry of Culture in Athens, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, the Modern Greek Art Museum in Rhodes, the Vorres Museum in Paiania, the Museum of Graphic Arts in Cairo, Egypt, the Municipal Gallery and the Hagia Paraskevi Gallery in Athens, the E. Averoff Gallery in Metsovo, the Gallery of the Friends of the People's Association in Athens, the Moschandreou Gallery in Messolonghi, the Constantine Karamanlis Foundation in Athens, the Alpha Bank Collection in Greece, the Contemporary Art Gallery in Chamalières, France, the University of Wisconsin River Falls, USA Permanent Art Collection, and in many private collections in Greece, France, Germany, England, India, and the USA

 

 AMARYLLIS  SINIOSOGLOU

Born in Athens, in 1963.  She studied Sculpture at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris,received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Printmaking at the Unibersity of Massachusetts, Angerst and completed her studieswith a Post Experience Program at the Royal College of Art in London, England. She is an Assistant Professor at Worcester State College and teaches at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  Her work is included in permanent collect-icons and she actively shows nationally and internationally.

 

MARIA SPYROU

Born in 1969, in Germany. She has studied Decorative Arts in Italy, where she was taught the technique of intaglio.She lives and works in Corfu, where she is engaged in Copperplate Printing and Inerior Design. She is a member of Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and of the Greek Engravers Association as well as of the Art Group "Est".  She has presented her work in two individual exhibitions and she has participated in 16 group exhibitions.

 
 

YANNIS STEFANAKIS

Born in 1951, in Iraklio, Crete.  He studied Painting, Printmaking, Typography, Book Art and Icon Painting at theAthens School of Fine Arts.  Since 1989 he has been publishing the periodical "Neo Epipedo" which is on literaryand visual art topics.  From 2002 he publishes a new collectable periodical, called "Technopegnion".  He has been publishing collectable editions ("Cherokineto" Publications).  In 2004 he took part in 2nd International Conference on Typography in Thessaloniki, at Macedonia Uninersity. His work can be found in many public and private collections and Museums in Greece and other countries.  He presented his work in about 24 exhibitions in Greece and other countries.

 

VICKY TSALAMATA

Born in Athens.  Studied Graphic Design in Athens (1966-69).  Painting and Printmaking at the Accademia di Belle Artiin Bollogna, Italy (1969-73), History of Art at the Univesita Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia (1973-74).  Postgraduate Studies: Master of Arts in Printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1982-83).  The Art of Hand Made Paper, London College of Printing (1982-1983). She is Associate Professor in the Athens School of Fine Arts.  Prizes: 1st Prize in Printmaking, Serra San Quirico, Italy (1980), 1st Prize in Printmaking by the House of Letters and Arts in Athens (1985). Prize of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade University, International Print Biennial, Belgrade(1998).  "Artitudes" Prize,New York, USA (1989).She has been given 7 Honorary Mentions in International Biennials of Graphic Arts and a Honorary Mention in the 18th Biennale of Alexandria, Egypt - National Participation of Greece through the Greek Ministry of Culture.  She has participated in 77 International Biennials and Triennials in Europe, Asia, USA and Africa, and in more than 100 group shows in Greece. She has participated and Galleries in 13 International Symposiums and Workshops in Europe.Her work can be found in Museums, as well as in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.

 

Rena Tzolaki

She  was born in Heraklion, Crete. She studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (A.S.F.A.) painting with G.Moralis and with A. Georgiadis and engraving with G. Kefallinos. Then, with a grant from the National Scholarship Institute, she specialized in lithography. She went to study in Paris, at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, lithography with P.E. Clairin and the technique of making art books at the Ecole Estienne. She lives and works in Paris.
Personal exhibitions in: Paris, Athens, London, Aix-en-Provence, Auxerre and Thessalonica. Rena Tzolaki also participated at International exhibitions such as: the Venice Biennale where she was a guest at the American pavilion; the Paris Youth Biennale, the I.CAF on London, Tongo, Saga and le Mois de l' Estampe in Paris. She illustrated with her lithographs Verlaine's 4th book edited by La Noubelle Librairie de France. She also illustrated “Lui,ici” by D.Analis, edited by Biren.
In 1975, Rena Tzolaki was honored with the Prix Florence Gould from the Academie des Beaux Arts de France for her achievement in lithography. Her works may be seen at the Paris Library, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. And in private collections in France, Greece, England, America, Germany, Brazil, Israel, Argentina and several other countries.

 

IRIS XYLA-XANALATOU

 
Born in Athens.  In 1951 she moved to England, where she finished school. Subsequently,she studied at the Froebel
Educational Institute, London University, where she specialized in Silkscreen Printing.  Her works have been included
in numerous publications worldwide and she has received medals and mentions from international organisations as well 
as President of the Hellenic branch of the International Women's Cultural Federation.
Her works are exhibited permanently in Museums, Organisations and private collections all over the world. She has 
had over twenty solo exhibitions in various European countries and has participated in over one hundred group 
exhibitions internationally.


 

 

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