Anna Maria Tsakali

Tsakali Anna-Maria
© Claire Dorn

Born in Piraeus in 1959, she was an École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts student under Leonardo Cremonini (1983-1987). Works by her can be found in the National Gallery of Greece, the Frissiras Museum, the Kouvoutsakis Art Institute, the Tellogleion Art Foundation, the National Bank of Greece, the Florina Museum of Contemporary Art, the French Ministry of Finance as well as in private collections both in Greece and abroad. She has illustrated the following books: “I Moni Klironomia” by Giorgos Ioannou (the only legacy, 1995) and “Athina, Diadromes kai Staseis” (Athens, itineraries and stops, collective work, 1999). She lives and works in Athens and Paris.


Solo Exhibitions


Body of Time Municipal Gallery of Corfu Corfu Rozalia Adamopoulou


4 Seasons Kalfayan Galleries Athens


Secret Gardens Teloglion Foundation for Art A.TH.U. Thessaloniki


Galerie Minsky Paris


Transfigurations Galerie Lefor Openo Paris


Infini Végétal Musée Lambinet Versailles


Labyrinthes Végétaux Galerie Lefor Openo Paris


As an Antidote Kalfayan Galleries Athens


Portraits of Plants Kalfayan Galleries Thessaloniki


Galerie Visconti Paris


Athens Art Gallery Athens


15 Years of Painting Cultural Centre Lefkada


Galerie Étienne de Causans Paris


Athens Art Gallery Athens


Titanium Gallery (Titanium Yiayiannos Gallery) Athens


Galerie Jean-Louis Tapiau Paris


Terracotta Art Gallery (TinT Gallery) Thessaloniki


Ekfrasi – Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery Athens


Galerie Eonnet-Dupuy Paris


Municipal Art Gallery of Heraklion Heraklion


Ora Art and Cultural Centre Athens


The Desideratum Is Painting

The Desideratum Is Poetry

In a world which fragments our sensitivity, the language of painting remains a possibility for getting to know ourselves and seeing the world afresh.

The work is “in the image and likeness” and not a mechanical construct and imitation. Just as the divine was breathed into man through “in the image and likeness”, so in the work of painting the expression of the uniqueness and complexity of the person who has produced it is made possible, but not in the ready-made.

I do not paint the human face, I paint the human look. The lost face must be recovered. I speak of the human adventure in a world which deforms our face.

In painting, what interests me is the metaphor. I need the distance which it creates. That interval which makes possible the transformation of reality. It allows me to develop my imagination freely, it provides space for a choice of features of reality and for a new composition of them, over and beyond stereotypes. In tracing and revealing a covert course followed by the soul, in making the impress of time, with all the doubts, surprises, certainties. This is a poetic process which is rendered possible through the language of painting.

The effort of organising the work, up to its final form, is what makes it possible, over and beyond my original intentions or ideas, for more profound, unseen and organic features to make their appearance. This is for me the magic of painting; the revelation of myself and of the world.

Painting is for me a form of love experienced, as I give expression to all my complexity and individuality: the greatest field of my freedom.

In flowers what attracts me is the fragility and vitality which they possess, the transient and the energising; as well as the tragic element, beauty in a dialogue with death. These are the two boundaries within which the life of man rolls on, where the power of the love for life springs up.

Many of my works show my love for the void. I believe that in every presence there is a void which corresponds to it. I attempt every time to comprehend the quality of this absence. It helps me to gain a better sense of the presence within the stretcher. Presence-absence, the two poles of my imagination, the basis of my sensibility.


Anna Maria Tsakali
* From the catalogue of the group exhibition “Ploes XI: In Arte Veritas”, Petros and Marika Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros, 2005.