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Greek artist Fotini Hamidieli loves The Festival

By Konstanze Agatz • Jan 20th, 2010 • Category: Art Theme, Home Zone Greece, The Festival Embassy, Top News

“Having recently visited Berlin I was mesmerized by the liveliness and energy of the city. The idea of bringing together many different forms of expression springing from various corners of Europe is intriguing. I am an artist, a painter, living in Greece and very much interested in supporting this event and would be happy to be part of it.”

This is what Greek artist Fotini Hamidieli explained to us in her email. Needless to say that we were absolutely thrilled by receiving such an encouraging message. For sure, we will not jeopardize Fotini’s European enthusiasm, but promote it. We are very glad to welcome Fotini as an active part of this movement and new member of The Festival Family!

Biographical Note

Fotini Hamideli was born in Greece in 1957. She studied art in the U.S and returned to Greece where she lives today. She teaches art lessons and collaborates with the Central Public Library of the city of Veria, organizing various events, lectures and art programs directed to children. She does graphic work designing posters, brochures and magazines and has written articles on art.  Her work has been published in two books written by Dimitra Mitta, ”Jocasta’’ and “Masks” and in several art publications. In Greece she first exhibited in “Diagonios”, a gallery in Thessalonici, directed by Dinos Christianopoulos, a famous Greek Poet. Fotini Hamideli has been showing her work since 1978, participating in over 75 group shows and has had twelve one woman shows.

A few words about the subject

“For many years I’ve been painting figures of women. These women have been changing and growing at the same time I did, expressing things I felt. There are different series of works presented here but their subject is relative as the main theme deals with mirrors. A mirror may not actually be depicted in every work but what is pictured can be seen as a mirror image, even as an image of the spectator.

In all of my current work I basically use the same technique with a few variations of the materials. I approach works on paper in the same way as works on canvas using different kinds of paper mostly transparent and creating layers by juxtaposing various qualities of paper and colour. During this process I start working on the composition which sometimes can be covered up and later again be revealed somewhat changed. This way the work is kept fluent, continually changing. Inks, acrylic paint, oil crayons, watercolour pencils, charcoal are used to achieve desired effects.”

Selected Exhibitions

  • 1985 “Diagonios” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1989 “The River Aliakmon”, “Diagonios” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1997 “Anny Balta” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2000 “Anny Balta” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2003 “Dining”, The Ianos Art Gallery, Thessaloniki Greece
  • 2006 “Awakenings”, Ianos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2007 “Mirrors”, 3rd Story Telling Festival of mount Olympus, Kallipefki, Greece
  • 2009 Ianos Art Gallery, Thessaloniki

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 1979 Art Show, Pallazo Cenci, Rome, Italy
  • 1980-1989 Group Shows in “Diagonios” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1999 “Myth, A Line Hanging In Time”, Exostis Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2001 Minature Art, Vafopoulio Art Center, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2002-2004 “Healthy Mind In A Healthy Body”, International Peripheral Exhibition of Plastic Arts
  • 2003 “Woman, a subject of inspiration and as creator”, Casa Bianca, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2006 “Memories of Dining’’ Byzantine Museum of Veria
  • 2006 “The Collection”, Viannou Pinacotech, Crete
  • 2006 “66 Women Create in Thessaloniki”, Casa Bianca, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2006 “Myrofores”, Ianos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2007 “Heterotopias” 1st Biennale of Contemporary Art organized by the Contemporary Museum of Thessaloniki
  • 2007 “Light”, 42nd Dimitria in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2009 Personally Political,Art house Tacheles, Berlin
  • 2009 Chasing Flames,Turn-Berlin, Berlin
  • 2009 La casa degli Specchi,Pisa, Italy

Publications

  • The artists of “Diagonios”- A presentation by Pericles Sfiridis, published “Diagonios” Thessaloniki 1985.
  • “The Tram” a vehicle, Literary magazine, Thessaloniki June 1990.
  • “Close Up” magazine, book 2, Thessaloniki 1997
  • A Dictionary of Greek Artists, published by “Melissa”- 2000.
  • In Thessaloniki- Artists and Exhibitions 1980- 2000 by Pericles Sfiridis, published by “Ianos-art”.
  • “Panselinos”, book 79, March 2001, an article about indolence, published by the newspaper Macedonia.
  • “Visual Arts Education”, published by the Teachers’ Union 2003, Athens
  • “Faces of the Mask” by Dimitra Mitta, 2004, University Studio Press.
  • The “Vigla” Pinacothech The first works, published in Crete 2005.
  • “Jocasta” by Dimitra Mitta, 2006, University Studio Press.
  • “Bang”, Free Press magazine 2006- Athens an interview.
  • “Akti” a literary magazine, autumn 2007, Nicosia- Cyprus.
  • “Cultural events”, books 25, 26, 35, 37, 44, published by the Municipal Organization of Veria.

Catalogues

  • Painting- Printmaking from the collection of Dinos Christianopoulos.
  • 1st exhibition of Minature Art, 2001, Thessaloniki.
  • 1st Balkan exhibition of Contemporary Minature art, 2002, Thessaloniki.
  • 20 years of Artistic Creation, Visual Artists Association of Northern Greece, art gallery of the society for Macedonian Studies, Thessaloniki.
  • 22 Years of artistic creation, Art Gallery of the Society of Macedonian Studies 2005
  • Art Center- Parko Eleftherias, Cultural Municipality of Athens, 2005.
  • Women visual artists of Thessaloniki, Municipal Picture Galley.
  • 42nd Dimitria, Light+, Sketve 2007
  • Woman as a subject of inspiration and as a creator, Thessaloniki 2003, Municipality of Thessaloniki “Idipolis”.

Contact

Contact: fhamidieli [at] gmail.com
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