Christina Michalopoulou is a Contemporary Artist from Greece.
Her paintings are figurative, realistic or photorealistic human figures and body parts, on abstract, pop of fictional environments.
She is a contemporary realism painter living and working in Thessaloniki. She is an artist, a mother and an entrepreneur.
Her studies were in Marketing, followed by 11 years in Advertising and Media Companies as a Media & Marketing director. Meanwhile, she started running her own company, Happyrooms.gr, and a few years later she created theartspace.gr
"My focus is the emotional and the affective as emerging in human bodies and faces. I am interested in desire, love, obsession, sadness and elation, claustrophobia and liberation, hells and heavens. While I paint, with my brushes and my fingers, I touch upon the form of the body and how it shifts when dressed in different shading and light; the skin and the way it carries its wounds and traumas, the way it scars from things physical and mental; I love tracing the way the body recoils or spreads when touched, the way it flourishes or hides away when looked at; I am always attracted to the affects of sounds and looks, the way the body might be reacting to them and how they make it turn, towards them or away from them."
5 years ago, she returned to painting. After a long hiatus. It would seem that she was gathering images and shapes during that time. she was building an unconscious archive that lived somewhere underneath her breath. They are all now pouring out, unstoppable, in acrylic and oil, in abstraction and hyperreal figuration, in blossoming color and start monochrome. Her work is a constant battle between abstraction and realism. Creating figurative, photorealistic human figures, faces and body parts on one hand, bringing them in total contradiction with hard core contemporary abstraction on the other.
During the last 5 years, she has had a solo exhibition in Athens and participated in many International Exhibitions throughout Europe, receiving Awards and distinctions for her work. In these years, many of her artworks found their place in personal art collections. Also, original artworks can be seen at her atelier in Thessaloniki and digitally on Artsy.com, Saatchi Art and theartspace.gr.
"My bodies are always dipped in a space of different texture: it could be angular and harsh, or soft and nebulous, but it always carries the causes for the body’s posture, it gives clues, it explains what is happening. The dialectic between body and space is the overarching bridge of my work. The spaces I paint might not be physical or representational. They might just be the space of the canvas. But they always give form to the body folded in them. Space and body embrace each other in seriousness or fun, in cartoonism or quotidian tragedy, in concreteness and abstraction."