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London-based Visual Artist

Alexandros Kapraras 

Biography:

1993-1995 MA at Royal College of Art UK

1988-1991 Fresco and Byzantine Art

1987-1988 Sculpture

1986-1989 History of Art

1986-1991 Athens School of Fine Art 

Contact details: kapraras@hotmail.co.uk 

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    Birmingham-based Visual Artist

    Constantinos Sophocleous

    Constantinos Sophocleous is an award-winning animator in Cyprus. He has more than 10 years of experience as an Animator in VFX Films and Games. Graduated with a Bachelors of Arts with Honours from the University of Westminster in 2016 and with Master of Science in Computer Animation from the University of Kent in 2017. His graduation film "Enslaved" won the International Motion Festival (IMF) and selected by several international film festivals. Also, he won with the talented team of One Of Us the Best Visual Effects VFX award for the film Pinocchio at  David di Donatello awards (2020) in Italy and also the Best Film Award for the film Dragon Recipes directed by Maria Pavlou at AnimaFest Cyprus 2019. 

    He also has full professional proficiency in using Autodesk Maya,Autodesk Motion Builder, 3Ds Max, Unreal Engine, Unity, Adobe After Effects and a variety of programs such as Python, Houdini, Autodesk Mudbox, Adobe Photoshop,, Adobe Flash, Adobe Premier Pro, and Foundry Nuke. He had taught his knowledge in Universities and from online courses. 

    He is currently working at Electronic Arts in Birmingham on high End AAA game. 

    Contact details: c.sophocleouss@gmail.com 

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    Exeter-based Visual Artist 

    Dimitrios Tsouris 

    Born Nicosia, Cyprus, is a full time visual artist working in the style of abstract expressionism both in the UK and Cyprus. 


    Exhibitions:
    Mixed Exhibition, Exeter Community Centre, 2019
    Elements Gallery, Larnaka, Cyprus 2018       
    North Street Gallery, Ashburton, 2018
    Studio Exhibition, Devon, 2018    
    Devon Open Studios, 2018
    Cornaro Art Institute, Larnaka, Cyprus, 2017
    Gloria Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2017
    Elements Gallery, Larnaka, Cyprus 2017
    The Studio, Exeter. 2012 (3)  
    iStorm Gallery, Exeter. 2010
    The Gallery, Tavistock, 2008    
    St. Nicolas Church, Dorset. 2007
    St. Martins, Birmingham, 2007
    St. Martins, Birmingham, 2006
    London Institute CC, London, 2006
    Exeter Open Studios. 2010       
    The Gallery, Tavistock. 2008

    English Cathedrals:
    Touring Programme, ‘Contemporary Iconography’.

    Truro cathedral (2 times)
    Exeter cathedral (3)
    Gloucester cathedral (1)
    Worcester cathedral (2)
    Wells cathedral (3)
    Hereford cathedral (1)
    Bristol cathedral (1)
    Tewksbury Abbey (2)
    Southwell Minster (1)
    Winbourne Minster (1)

    Artist in Residence:       
    Tewksbury Abbey, UK     
    St. Nicholas, Dorset, UK

    Also exhibited abroad:
    Cyprus – Italy – Holland - Greece 

    Contact details: dimitrios.tsouris@gmail.com

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    Oxfordshire-based Visual Artist, Filmmaker and Photographer 

    Thomas Nicolaou 

    Thomas Nicolaou is a British, Oxford based visual artist, graphic designer and tutor. Thomas studied printing, publishing and graphic design and worked for a number of years in publishing as a designer. The first book he made was the artists’ book Pensées with British artist Jeremy Deller. In 2008, his ‘Camden Chip Shop’ photograph was selected and screened as part of Street and Studio exhibition at Tate Modern. In 2016, he graduated from the MA Photographic Studies (now MA Photography Arts) course at the University of Westminster. His first London solo exhibition was at the Hellenic Centre, London, 2017. 

    Contact details: tom_nicuk@yahoo.co.uk

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    London-based Film maker, Photographer, Zine Illustration 

    Boxed (aka Yeliz Zaifoglu) 

    Yeliz Zaifoglu is a freelance analogue photographer and filmmaker. Using 24,35 & 120mm she captures a variety of subjects usually surrounding the themes of identity, heritage and femininity. Alongside practicing editorial work and passion projects around youth culture. 
     
    During her studies at the University of Brighton, she was awarded the BeePurple Start-up & Booster Grant to enable the production of her zine ‘Stoxed’, showcasing a range of young UK creative. After selling out her first issue in a week, Yeliz continued to do zine illustration working with Museum of London. In terms of filmmaking, she directed a short documentary on the social environment menstruation lives in Gen Z, ‘Boring Period’ (Best Documentary 2023 nominee at SWIFF Festival) and Cypriot heritage focused short ‘This is to be Understood’. 

    Yeliz broke into exhibiting in 2023 showing work at Creative Sparks by Creative Youth Charity at Fusebox Kingston in and Take More Photos x Outernet London’s “Faces of Womanhood”. Continuing on to her first solo show ‘given & found’ powered by Converse, exhibiting her collection of Queer SWANA portraiture; featured in highly regarded media like Culted and Fizzy Mag. 

    Contact details: yelzaifoglu@hotmail.co.uk

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    London-based Photographer and fine art painter 

    Virginia Demetriou 

    I took out a Cypriot passport when I married my husband. I lived in Cyprus and had two children . I started a theatre company with the help of THOC. I was trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama . Did most of my theatre career in USA where i was offered a job teaching the art of verse speaking. I now hold a LAMDA certificate in Speech. I divorced my husband snd went back to live in Lo ndon. I attended the Chelsea School of Art and gained their Foundation Course. I entered the Ruskin School of Art in Cambridge but was struck down with cancer. But I survived. I am currently  contemplating going back to Art School as I  need guidance in putting out some important work. 

    Contact details: ginnymiff@gmail.com 

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      Birmingham-based Photographer

      Chris Neophytou 

      B. 1986 MA History of Art University of Birmingham BA (Hons) Photography University of the Arts London Visiting Lecturer in Photography NCSG, Coventry University, Birmingham City University University of Chester, De Montfort University, Bolton University Collections: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Martin Parr Foundation, The Bavarian State Library My practice, rooted in a documentary approach to photography, focuses on themes of place. Growing up in rural England as a second-generation Cypriot, navigating between two cultures, helped inform my interest in place and connected themes surrounding history and identity. I see the camera as an opportunity to explore; a tool to engage in direct dialogue with the environment and make some kind of record of that experience. I founded Out of Place books, an internationally recognised photobook publishing project. to find out more please visit https://www.outofplacebooks.com/. I also developed and co-produced Other Isles for Birmingham 2022 festival as part of The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Other Isles is a celebration of creatives, artists and culture from the Cypriot and Maltese diaspora and was twice funded. 

      Contact details: chris@outofplacebooks.com 

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      London-based Visual Artist 

      Androulla Michael 

      Androulla Michael is a British Greek Cypriot award winning and internationally exhibited visual artist, educator and curator, who currently lives and works in London, UK. Androulla has exhibited in Athens, Brussels, Italy, London, New York, and Qatar. She is the winner of the Brussels Airlines Arts Award and her work is housed in the Luciano Benetton collection. Her art work has been published in Vogue Italia, Imago Mundi and Norwich University of the Arts. Alongside pursuing her artistic practice, between 2006 and 2019, Androulla taught Art and Photography at KS3, GCSE and Post-16 Level. In September 2022, Androulla and Minnie Weisz co-curated HoME, a multimedia exhibition that brought together nine international artists working under the creative and social-cultural theme of displacement to compliment the tenth year anniversary of the Athens Democracy Forum, in association with The New York Times, held at the Zappeion, Athens, Greece.

      Contact details: androullamichaelstudio@gmail.com

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      London-based Visual Artist 

      Sotirakis Charalambou 

      Studied St Martin’s School of Art. I am an Independent artist. I show mainly in Germany. I Have also exhibited in the Netherlands, Hungary, USA and on one occasion in Cyprus. I have two daughter and two grandchildren. I have several essays published. See my C.V on my website. 

      Contact details: soti47@yahoo.co.uk 

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      London-based Jewellery Artist 

      Liana Pattihis

      I am an independent award-winning jewellery artist based in London, with a background in interior design. I have invented my own unique technique of fusing vitreous enamel on a movable base like chain. My work is instantly recognisable and has been published in various books and magazines. I have taken part in numerous worldwide group and solo contemporary jewellery exhibitions. I am also part of the Homo Faber guide, recommended by the Benaki Museum. My initial pieces were mostly inspired and deeply rooted in my Greek and Cypriot background and culture. In my latest work, I upcycle broken and unwanted porcelain objects, to which I give a new identity as wearable pieces. All my creations are unique and collectable and I have many pieces in private collections, as well as permanent collections in renowned museums in Europe and USA. In 2021, taking advantage of the free time afforded to me during the various COVID lockdowns, I set up my own company called Linea Liana, (www.linealiana.com), creating homeware objects and fashion accessories inspired by my Jewellery creations. 

      Contact details: lianapattihis@aol.com 

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      Surrey-based Visual Artist and Pianist 

      Ronis Varlaam 

      RONIS VARLAAM has studied filmmaking at the London Film School and has produced and directed several documentaries, mainly for Channel 4 (Including ‘The Green Line – Cyprus' as Co-Director. It can be found on YouTube). Gradually his interests moved to art in general and now his practice includes painting, photography, videos and conceptual art. But he is primarily a painter. His series THE NATURE OF THINGS is an experimental series that started figuratively moved to abstraction and back to figuration. He now uses a new way of applying paint to figurative paintings. It is probably only the 5th way of doing so in the 50,000 history of painting. He has taken part in more than 30 exhibitions including the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibitions, Creekside Open, Discerning Eye, National Open Art and at the Royal Watercolour Society, The Melina Mercouri Hall, Nicosia, Florean Museum in Romania, Scope Art in Miami and at events at the Venice Biennale and the Louvre. He is the Editor of a new online art magazine ART_LOVE. The link is https://bit.ly/ART_LOVE and is on Instagram as art_lovemagazine. 

      Contact details: ronisvarlaam@hotmail.com 

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      London-based Visual Artist 

      Christa Mav 

      My name is Christa Mavroudis and I’m a London based artist. I am of Cypriot heritage and a lot of my artwork is inspired by Greek Mythology. As a woman I feel it’s important to find the special qualities that make us all unique. In a world that's obsessed with social media, norms of beauty and projecting that perfect image, it's important to celebrate our differences and embrace our individuality. For some women, the journey to embracing their true selves may be more difficult than others. Infertility for example, which I experienced first-hand, is emotionally overwhelming. But in my own journey I found we're all capable of nurturing and showing love in our own way. My own journey has had a huge impact on my art and very much moulded my creative output. Using vibrant colours and powerful faces I aim to evoke positive emotions in women and inspire them to connect with their own inner beauty. I believe the faces I create can help to convey our stories and this is what I aim to capture in my art. Ultimately, I believe in supporting and empowering women. I hope my art serves as a reminder to embrace ourselves, our stories, and our journeys, and to be proud of the women we are. 

      Contact details: iamchrista.m@gmail.com

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      London-based Visual Artist 

      Mary Thrasivoulou Spence

      Mary gained her Bachelor’s degree at Chelsea School of Art (1986) and Foundation at Byam Shaw School of Art. Central to my work is the use of colour, geometry and texture. I am inspired by music, the idea of music and the world which surrounds us. Starting points range from daily observations such as light bouncing off a building at dusk, and/or elements of chance, existing works often inspire the next piece so a dialogue starts to develop between paintings. It is a continuously evolving journey of exploration and experimentation; paintings grow one from the other often leading to a series or body of works where elements in each piece may be slightly transformed/transposed/rotated, added or removed yet still related. The paintings are built up in layers over time with subtle shifts of colour, tone or opacity. My work is created intuitively: elements of chance and random order are happily incorporated into seemingly very controlled works. I think of it along the lines of a composer creating a piece of music, an improvisation that over time evolves into a composed piece. I tend to work on more than one painting at a time and can have a painting on the go for very long periods. 

      Contact details: maryspencemail@gmail.com 

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      London-based Visual Artist & Set Designer 

      Maya Angeli 

      I am a Set Designer/Stylist currently living and working in London. 
       

      I started my career as a theatre and opera set&costume designer in Italy, Cyprus, Greece and London. I am highly experienced in developing projects from scratch to the very end. From the creative direction, image research and mock-up development to the supervision of the building team and collaboration with the sound and light designers at the end of the making process.
       

      I like challenging myself accepting jobs from different backgrounds. I enjoy experimenting with scale and proportions, colours and different materials, light and shadow, observing and trying to create new worlds.
      Storytelling and concept are very important in my work. 

      Contact details: mayaangeli677@hotmail.com 

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      London-based Theatre Director, Singer, Interactive Performance, Installation Artist 

      Pavlos Christodoulou

      I am an artist and theatre maker working at the intersection of live art, immersive experience and performance. I’ve worked as a director and maker in theatres and festivals across the UK and have experience working with artistic collaborators, professional actors, young people and different communities. At the heart of my work is the invitation to play, and in accepting this invitation, an audience forms a temporary community that thinks collectively about complex ideas through games and joyful encounters. I often focus on ‘small p’ politics and finding the grey in an attempt to resist binaries. My work is optimistic about the power and desire of people to imagine a better world and way of living. It can look very different every time, and I believe in creating transparent structures that openly declare how they work to make the work accessible and unintimidating. I am currently developing a series of work under the name Chatterbox, a standalone audio immersive experience tailored to a variety of topics that invites audiences into a sound world which can facilitate them slowing down and encountering ideas and each other in a new way. 

      Contact details: pavlos.c.artist@gmail.com 

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      Bath-based artist Stained Glass Artist 

      Themis Mikellides

      From an early age Themis has been inspired by his father, Byron Mikellides, an Oxford Don Professor and an international pioneer in the field of Architectural Psychology. This exposure to the world of architectural psychology, and the international colour conferences attended, has given him an intuitive and scientific background to his use of colour in his architectural stained glass practise. After attending an art foundation course in North Oxfordshire, he was accepted at the internationally renowned Architectural Glass College at Swansea. Twenty years on, a revisit to the now known Swansea Glass College, sees him enrolled on an MA in Glass, where he is currently pursuing the marriage of art and technology. 


      Commissioned works include pieces for Public Art Projects in municipality buildings, schools & hospitals, reflective windows for worship, domestic sites including conservatories, and gallery orientated wall art. Themis is frequently commissioned for public and private works both in England and abroad. Recent international commissions range from medieval windows for a private chapel in Port Harcourt, Nigeria to contemporary windows for Washington and Alaska. 

      Contact details: themisisum@icloud.com 

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      London-based Architect, Designer and Curator 

      Urban Radicals 

      URBAN RADICALS designs objects, rooms, architectures and landscapes. We are a network of friends, colleagues and expert collaborators, working together to solve design problems across contexts and scales. We grow through projects, parties, dinners, fishing trips, gardening, stories, painting, cooking, workshops, walks, gatherings and conversations.

      We were selected to curate and design the CYPRUS PAVILION National Participation at the 17th Architecture Biennale in Venice 2021, and have been named as one of the Best New Architecture Practices for 2021 by ARCHDAILY, as well as being selected to be one of the Young Architects in Residence at the ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION in London, for 2021-22. More recently, we have completed a pavilion structure A BRICK FOR VENICE, commissioned by the EUROPEAN CULTURE CENTRE which sits in Giardini della Marinaressa and runs in parallel to the 18th Architecture Biennale in Venice.

      In addition to practice, we teach architectural design at UCL on the MArch Architecture (RIBA II), as well as Westminster on the BA Architecture (RIBA I). 

       

      Contact details: studio@urbanradicals.com  

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      London-based Fashion Designer, Textile Designer and Clothing Brand 

      Folkmona (aka Andreani Panayide)

      Folkmona Brand, founded by Andreani Panayide, stands as a cultural beacon dedicated to the preservation of Cyprus's rich heritage. Born out of a passion for tradition and inspired by the fabric of Alatsia, Folkmona seamlessly intertwines the past with the present.

      Specializing in the reimagining of traditional costumes, Folkmona breathes new life into age-old designs. Andreani's vision extends beyond fashion, fostering a commitment to cultural education and preservation. As a member of the Fashion Heritage Network Cyprus, Folkmona actively contributes to exhibitions promoting Cypriot traditions, including showcases in "Gardens of the Future" in Cyprus and the "High Commission of Cyprus" in London.

      Beyond aesthetics, Folkmona serves as a cultural bridge, connecting generations and embodying the essence of Cyprus's identity. With each garment, Folkmona not only celebrates the vibrancy of tradition but also ensures its endurance in the contemporary world. Through Andreani's dedication and creative flair, Folkmona emerges as a testament to the timeless beauty of cultural heritage. 

      Contact details: folkmona@hotmail.com 

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      London-based Theatre director, Filmmaker, Visual Artist 

      Nefeli Kentoni

      Nefeli Kentoni (b.1998, Cyprus) is a London based awarded director, writer, and visual artist. The theatrical and cinematic form have been the platform in which she negotiates and experiments the gaps between language and image, the implicit exertions that sustain the performer-viewer relationship, and the performativity of space. Her characters exist in stylized, absurdist, and unstable worlds which defy the rules of logic and time. 
      She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and then went on to complete an MA at Central Saint Martins UAL, where she was nominated for the MullenLowe NOVA Award. She has presented her work in Prague Quadrennial, Tate Modern, Barbican Centre, The Place, Museu de les Ciéncies (Valencia), and specifically in Cyprus at Buffer Fringe, NiMac, eltaller, Mitos, and Images & Views of Alternative Cinema. During 2020 she was Writer in Residency at the Tate Exchange in 2020, and was also part of the Young Visual Arts Group at the Barbican for two consecutive years. Her short film “Fragility of Language” won the Screendance Short Film Competition at the 36th Leeds International Film Festival. 

      Contact details: nefeli_kentoni@hotmail.com

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      London-based Photographer

      Mary Spyrou 

      I grew up in north London, a 2nd generation Cypriot. I studied Textiles at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham and my Masters at the Royal College of Art. I work in Education, as an artist in schools and as a tutor. In 1995 I curated an exhibition of Cypriot Textiles at the Islington Museum, focusing on traditional textiles. I have exhibited my textiles both in the UK and in Munich. The latter as part of the Crafts Council of GB. I am a published co author - 'Textile Arts Multicultural Traditions', A& C Blacks. My work is held in both public and private collections. I have been featured in a number of publications - 'Stitched Textiles For Interiors' Batsford Press and The Crafts Magazine. I have compiled learning resources for the Victorian and Albert Museum and various London boroughs. Including a collection of Traditional Cypriot Crafts - London Borough of Haringay. My practice is inspired bu culturally diverse Arts and Crafts, to name but a few influences. I use a variety of techniques, including stitching, dyeing, batik, applique, deconstructing, to create my pieces. Much of my work also draws upon my Cypriot Heritage - its history, archaeology, folk arts and my mother's stories. 

      Contact details: mary_spyrou@yahoo.co.uk

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      London-based Visual Artist 

      Alev Adil

      Dr Alev Adil is also an internationally recognised writer, artist, academic and literary critic. Her poetry has been translated into Albanian, Azeri, Dutch, Greek, Finnish, Flemish, French, Lithuanian, Romanian, Russian andTurkish. Alev’s art is in the State Collection of Cyprus and her photographic work, multimedia performances andfilm-poems have been featured in magazines, used as book covers and been exhibited/performed in galleriesincluding Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Royal Maritime Museum in London and internationally fromAzerbaijan, Bangladesh and Cyprus to Manifesta in Zurich. She has a PhD in multimedia poetics from Central SaintMartin’s, the University of the Arts in the UK, and has also published widely in international academic and literary journals.

      Contact details: alev.adil@gmail.com 

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      London-based Visual Artist 

      Kika Pierides 

      My journey began at 14, captivated by Escher's ‘Libellula’ (Dragonfly), igniting a lifelong passion for art and nature. Born in London in 1979 to Greek Cypriot parents, I found inspiration in my family's resilience and my grandmother's dedication to pottery and needlepoint. Educationally, I thrived in Art and Design, delving into impressionist landscapes and printmaking. Despite the challenges, including a stint in Graphic Design and Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins, I persisted, driven by an unwavering passion for creativity. After navigating a transformative period in teaching and personal loss, I returned to my true calling as an artist. Inspired by Creative Landscape Photography, I rediscovered a love of abstraction, creating vibrant, patterned artworks that reflect my soul. Today, I invite you to join me on this journey of rediscovery, where each creation is a testament to resilience and self-expression. From humble beginnings to artistic renaissance, my story embodies the transformative power of creativity. 

      Contact details: okikao@gmail.com 

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      Surrey-based Visual Artist and Pianist 

      Elizabeth Mikellides

      Elizabeth Mikellides is a British Greek-Cypriot artist based in Surrey who creates art inspired by music. Interests in music and art have always been important to Elizabeth and at one stage, she had seriously considered becoming a professional pianist. Elizabeth studied a BA (Hons) in Drawing at Camberwell College of Art and then an MA in Fine Art Media at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London. At Camberwell, Elizabeth found a way to combine her love for both art forms whilst investigating what the practice of contemporary Drawing was. Upon completing her studies, Elizabeth moved abroad to Brussels, Belgium and took up English teaching at The Lycée Français and also taught private art and piano lessons. A return to the UK in the summer of 2019 saw Elizabeth pick up where she left off and has since collaborated with musicians abroad and in the UK, interpreting their scores both visually and acoustically. Exhibition highlights include showing at The Shard in London and being an invited artist to the ING Discerning Eye 2022 exhibition. Elizabeth also works on commissions, interpreting music scores with significant personal meaning into contemporary, vibrant artwork. 

      Contact details:elizabeth.mikellides@gmail.com 

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      London-based Visual Artist and Painter 

      Chrysa Kanari 

      My name is Chrysa Kanari, I was born in 2002 in Limassol, Cyprus. I am currently based in London, where I am undertaking an MA Painting course in the Royal College of Art. I completed a BA Hons in Fine Art at Lancaster University for the years 2020-2023. Awards 2023 Freelands Foundation Painting Prize, Freelands Foundation, London, UK Exhibitions 2019 Solo exhibition, Disturbia, Beat Bazar, Limassol, CY 2020 Group exhibition, Identity, Exhibit 8, Limassol, CY 2022 Group exhibition, Adaptation, The Storey, Lancaster, UK 2022 Group exhibition, Paramorfosis, Exhibit 8, Limassol, CY 2023 Group exhibition, Disruption, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster, UK 2023 Degree Show, Disruption, LICA, Lancaster, UK 2023 Group exhibition, Freelands Painting Prize 2023, Freelands Foundation, London, UK 2023 Group exhibition, If you are lost this is where you can be found, Safehouse 2, London, UK 2023-24 Group exhibition, , DanielBenjaminGallery, Sadness is But a Wall Between Two Gardens, London, UK 

      Contact details: chrysakanari2002@gmail.com

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      London-based Visual Artist, Filmmaker and Film director 

      Maria Tomazou 

      My name is Christa Mavroudis and I’m a London based artist. I am of Cypriot heritage and a lot of my artwork is inspired by Greek Mythology. As a woman I feel it’s important to find the special qualities that make us all unique. In a world that's obsessed with social media, norms of beauty and projecting that perfect image, it's important to celebrate our differences and embrace our individuality. For some women, the journey to embracing their true selves may be more difficult than others. Infertility for example, which I experienced first-hand, is emotionally overwhelming. But in my own journey I found we're all capable of nurturing and showing love in our own way. My own journey has had a huge impact on my art and very much moulded my creative output. Using vibrant colours and powerful faces I aim to evoke positive emotions in women and inspire them to connect with their own inner beauty. I believe the faces I create can help to convey our stories and this is what I aim to capture in my art. Ultimately, I believe in supporting and empowering women. I hope my art serves as a reminder to embrace ourselves, our stories, and our journeys, and to be proud of the women we are.  

      marytomazou@gmail.com 

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