Maria Filopoulou was born in Athens in 1964. She studied painting at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She is one of the leading contemporary figurative painters in Greece and has had over 20 one-man shows in Athens, Paris, London, New York et al. Ask a Greek what they love the most about their country, and they will say “the sea and the sun”. But no matter how clichéd this may sound, water and light are indeed the two main components of what makes the Greek landscape so unique and irresistible. Greek painter Maria Filopoulou takes up these two clichés unashamedly, in fact transforming their touristic banality into visual embraces that are intended to purify and transport the viewer to imaginary places of paradisiacal calm. From sprawling bays that seem to engulf the viewer to frieze-like, 4-meter-long compositions of underwater swimmers, Filopoulou takes the imagery of the Greek summer and transforms it into stunning painterly gestures that, as she says, are all about freedom.
17 JANUARY 2020