Athena Latinopoulou

Latinopoulou Athena

Born and raised in Thessaloniki, she began painting at a young age. She studied Painting and decoration in Thessaloniki and ceramics and sculpture in Athens. She is a member of the Chamber of Visual Arts of Athens. So Far, her works have been presented in more than 15 solo exhibitions and 96 group exhibitions. Her works can be found in private collections and museums. She has written a book-narration titled “The ribbons of my own reality”(2010) and published the novel “Become a God” in 2019

Works

Solo Exhibitions

2015

retrospective exhibition "TECHNI" Macedonian Artistic Association Thessaloniki

2015

Like an Oasis Art Gallery Metamorfosis Thessaloniki

2014

Unfolding Light Gallery 7 Athens

2012

Cracks Art Gallery Metamorfosis Thessaloniki

2010

Cracks Galerie Theorema Brussels

2010

Cracks Gallery 7 Athens

2009

Balls & Knit Art Gallery Metamorfosis Thessaloniki

2007

Balls & Knit Gallery 7 Athens

2002

Conversion with Time Anemos Art Gallery Kifissia

1994

Remains Astrolavos Art Galleries Athens

1989

Traces Zygos Art Gallery Athens

1984

Blue and White Zygos Art Gallery Athens

1982

Pebbles Zygos Art Gallery Athens

Press

Unfolding Light

 

The works of Athena Latinopoulou have a strong and clear presence, they introduce us to their theme directly: coils of rope in magnification, lit up as if by a catalytic floodlight. Pressing his face against the painting, the viewer is lost in their microcosm, as if entering the tangle, and thus the message is no longer limited to the visual dimension, but gradually extends to symbolisms as well.

The painter builds her work methodically upon a solid design, by which she captures the structure, the weave, the constitution of the themes’ substance.

Do Latinopoulou’s works refer us to Reality or to Myth? To the texture of the materials that the artist puts forward as the foreground, highlighting the substance, the geometricity, the constructivist existence?

Curves and squares, sensuality and bonds, side by side in a suggestive confrontation that is subtly conveyed to the viewer.

Looking back on her earlier works, the foreground isn’t always the same, but the ingredients persist and create a timeless coherence and evolution. The ropes are an earlier theme from her boat series, a theme that also conveyed the notion of a woven structure with the sides of the vessel.

Personally, I am glad that an artist gifted with attention to detail, draughtsmanship and maturity in expression, such as Athena Latinopoulou, is putting forward these works, not only well-structured, but also full of tenderness and a powerful optimism.

This is a lyrical realism, based on light and the transduction of the real into the dreamlike, the notional.

 

Haris Kambouridis
Art critic – Semiologist
Member of Academia Europaea