I am Christina Michalopoulou, a contemporary realism painter living and working in Thessaloniki, Greece. I am an artist, a mother and an entrepreneur. My studies were in Marketing, followed by 11 years in Advertising and Media Companies as a Media & Marketing director. Nowadays, I am the owner and director of happyrooms.gr, theartspace.gr and more recently, www.phos-collection.com.
Meanwhile, 6 years ago, 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 work is a constant battle between abstraction and realism. Creating figurative, photorealistic human figures, faces and body parts on one hand, bringing them in total contradiction with hard core, monochromatic contemporary abstracts on the other.
During the last few years, I had a solo exhibition in Athens and participated in many International Exhibitions throughout Europe, USA and Canada, receiving Awards and distinctions for my work, including the participation prize at the XIII Florence Biennale via Teelent.it, the “Outstanding Woman Artist Achievement Award” from Manhattan Arts International, NY, and the nomination for the “Royal Art Prize Award”, UK. I am also a member of the International Guild of Realism, USA.
At the same time, I am working on a permanent basis with Construction Companies, Hotel Groups and some of the greatest Architectural & Decorative offices of the country on small or large-scale art projects throughout Greece.
In these years, I had the honor to see many of my artworks finding their place in private art collections all over the world as well as in 5 star or Small Luxury Hotels and Villas. Also, original artworks can be seen at my atelier in Thessaloniki and digitally on Artsy.net, Saatchi Art and theartspace.gr.
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King Minos Resort: Artworks praising the Minoan Ages Beauty
King Minos Resort These last few weeks I have been working on an amazing project for the 5* King Minos Retreat Resort & Spa in Crete. Two different series of artworks, “Minoas” and “Minoan Senses”, each one of them composed by 10 different themes, were created in order to take their places at the 20 luxurious suites of the hotel. Both series were inspired by the Minoan ages and the Archeological findings of that period, and more specifically, the famous Snake Goddess statue, the beautiful wall art figures discovered at the Ancient Knossos Palace, the Minotaur figure and complexity of