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Christina Papaioannou

Christina’s works are called “Aphrodite’s Dream”, “The Fable of the Orange” or “The Tale of the Unbreakable Jar”. They tell stories that reach from the past, through the present, and into the future. Nourished from their cultural and artistic roots, from Greek dramas, comedies, mythologies. Viewers are immersed in colorful collages that tell micro-stories with the most diverse formatting. To be discovered are a multitude of different origins for the compositions that demand to delve into the images to perceive contexts, the whole. She uses pixels, shows botanical motifs, animals, ancient Greek architecture, Renaissance engravings, children’s drawings, and references to her own other work. Digital manipulation of the images creates new structures that are manually applied to the canvas. A reuse of pre-existing data takes place, returning them to material reality.

“I thus explore the role of painting in the digital age. By creating dynamic paintings with luminous colors built through fragmentation, individual micro-stories as well as moments of pure abstraction.”

From abstract landscapes to scenes reminiscent of video games, Christina’s paintings play with the boundaries between the familiar and the unexpected, while an underlying sense of whimsical moods lurks behind the brushstrokes. These playful scenarios are formulated in an uncoded language that invites the viewer to interpret them from scratch, it is much like a psychological exploration. The human body in an aesthetic reformulation of its figure also finds a contemporary interpretation in Christina’s works. It tells of departure, deconstruction, and freedom. Just as new media in connection with, familiar to us, old Greek elements speak to us in a new formal language and lead these elements into the contemporary understanding of art of a new generation.

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