According to the art historian and substitute professor in the University of Ioannina, Dora Markatou: “The frontal position in self portraits can translate the intention of the painter into a feeling, to refer to the viewer and pass on the message of her agony, not as an authority, as usually this stance is interpreted in portraits, but as the crush of the person who has realized the danger, and wants to cooperate with his fellow man, so that he can react before the threat of loss, not of paradise, but life. The mute shape of the artist in all the variations of her depiction in the genre of “speaking” self portrait, “speaks” eloquently with the expression of the eyes, the hand stance, and the contraction of her face, so her scream is painted, as taught by expressionism and symbolism, to pierce even through the complacent consciousness, and rejoice as a symbol of a suffering subject”.
Ismini Bonatsou graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts (1986-1991). She did post-graduate studies in painting, with a scholarship from the Spanish government, at the Facultad de Bellas Artes of the University of Barcelona (1993-1994), and holds a Master’s degree from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (2010-2012). From 1995 to 2007 she was cooperating on a permanent basis with “SFERRA” Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam as an illustrator and art editor for the Foundation’s printed materials. She has also cooperated as an illustrator with the radio-TV production company Teleac/NOT, Hilversum, the Netherlands. She has worked in stage design projects, illustrated books for children and made CD covers in Greece and abroad. (Nikos Papazoglou: Magissa selini, Andreas Karakotas: Ichnographies, Pleiade: Een muzikale rondreis door Griekenland, Chanson 2000, De wereld van het Franse chanson). She was a founding member of the street art group ’Cookless’. She is a member of the art group ‘Tehnopaignion’. She has presented 13 solo exhibitions in Greece, Belgium and Spain and has participated in group exhibitions in Greece, Belgium, Austria, Holland, France, Spain, England, Cyprus, Turkey, Ecuador, China and Russia.
Opening: Friday, 5 October 2018, 20.00
Cube Gallery, 39, Miaouli str., Patras Greece
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