Kalliopi Asargiotaki

Asargiotaki Kalliopi
© Papadakis Press

Born in Ierapetra (Crete) in 1959, she was an Athens School of Fine Arts student under Yorghos Mavroidis and Elias Dekoulakos (1979-1983) thanks to a Greek State Scholarships Foundation 1986) on a French government scholarship (C.R.O.U.S.), under Vladimir Velickovic. She is the illustrator of books such as “Sti Roi tou Potamou” by Stelios Skopelitis (in the flow of the river, 1995), “Asemnes Istories” (indecent stories, collective work, 1997) and “To Tsimpima tis Sfikas” by Maro Loizou (the sting of the wasp, 2007). Works by her can be found in important private collections. She lives and works in Athens.

Works

Solo Exhibitions

2017

Kalliopi Asargiotaki: Desert Rose Skoufa Gallery Athens

2010

Transcription Thanassis Frissiras Gallery Athens

2007

It Was Summer of ’92… Thanassis Frissiras Gallery Athens

2002

Enkoilon Galerie 3 Athens

1999

Erotopia Galerie 3 Athens

1996

Everyone’s Garden Galerie 3 Athens

1995

Portraits Terracotta Art Gallery (TinT Gallery) Thessaloniki

1995

Nude Art Space 24 Athens

1993

Face – Mask Galerie 3 Athens

1993

Portraits Municipal Art Gallery Kalamata

1989

Portraits Ora Art and Cultural Centre Athens

Press

Embracing Existence

The Painting of Kalliopi Asargiotaki

Up until a few years ago, I considered Kalliopi Asargiotaki a painter of the senses and of emotional tension. She loved lightweight materials, her lines expressionistically fluid, her colours thin, discreet. Four years ago, however, I was pleasantly surprised to see another side of her. I saw her forms evolving, as well as her narrative shifting, from the erotic union to a single person, a supra-gender Vitruvian figure, glowing as if it had been reborn.

The expressionism appeared to retreat, here and there, giving way to a meticulous representation. But the painted figure of Asargiotaki is not an imitation of reality; it is a radiant being, coming towards the light and giving out light; it is a picture of rebirth. And an existential quest, at the same time, illuminated intensity, and excavation.

In the drawings shown here, we have both languages, both approaches: the expressionism of senses and embraces, a dense erotography, and the austere, taut depiction of a lone human figure. The painter’s fine, persistent lines stand out everywhere: the ink organised into a narrative with a painstaking pixel graph, dot by dot, line by line, with self-effacing toil, with masterful detail that retreats and fades, to bring out the impression and the other-worldly aura of the human face.

This is pure painting, narrative and metaphysical all at once, a unique fusion that is hard to describe in words.

 

Nikos G. Xydakis
* From the catalogue of Kalliopi Asargiotaki’s exhibition “Enkoilon”, Gallery 3, Athens, 2002.