Artist spotlight

As you may know from previous posts that featured local art exhibitions, Skiathos has a thriving artist’s community with several artists, Greek and expat, working here on the island. I thought you may like to know a little more about them and see their work so, over the coming weeks, one by one, I’ll be introducing them.

Today the spotlight falls on Maria Kalatzi.

Not only is Maria a fine artist, she is also is our Cultural Representative of Club UNESCO of Art Literature & Science of Greece, here in Skiathos. She works in a variety of media; acrylics and oils and she specialises in collage using metal, glass, wood and stone. She regularly exhibits her work both here and in Athens.

Here she stands in front of one of her paintings shown at one of the UNESCO Art Exhibitions, last year which was held in the Concert Hall of Parnassus, the home of the 1st Association for Philosophy, Politics and Literature, in Greece,   founded in 1865

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I visited Maria her in her fabulous, light-filled studio with its sweeping panoramic view of the sea.

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Here is some of her work:

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This 3 dimensional painting represents the Greek ‘Spirit’ of the ancient Olympic Games

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and this represents the Protector of Delos, the island of the god Apollo,

who, legend has it, kept evil at bay with the music of his lyre

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two more examples of Maria’s paintings, this time in acrylics, of a seductress ‘siren’ – Kouros &Paleria

The three works of art below, depicting fish, are large collages made from pressed aluminium, shattered crystal and glass

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“The Risk” shows a school of fish leaping out of the water

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“Silence’

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“Escape!”

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“Cry” – A collage using more treasures from the sea

If you would  like to see more of Maria’s art, discuss her work with her or perhaps even commission a piece for yourself, her website is presently undergoing construction so instead, please drop me a line in the ‘comment’ box and I will be happy to pass your message on to her,

2 thoughts on “Artist spotlight

  1. Maria’ studio looks wonderful, I do love seeing other peoples’ work areas, I think I must just be nosy! 😉
    Amazing diversity of work there and lovely to see the Greek influences……..and if I could choose one for my wall it would have to be “Cry”. As you may have gathered, I love mythical and mystical creatures and she just fits with that scene 🙂

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    • Thanks Chrissy! Yes it is a fabulous studio – unfortunately my photo doesn’t do it justice; the light was SO dazzling and the view absolutely amazing! I too love ‘Cry’ (though I’m not exactly sure that’s the title…and I can’t check right now as Maria’s busy with a UNESCO exhibition in Athens) But lots of local artists paint on old shutters and doors using the finds from their beach-combing – and this time of year with the stormy seas (and before the beaches get ‘cleaned-up’ for the tourists) there’s lots of lovely shells and driftwood lying about…..must have a go myself!

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