Wednesday 19 July 2023

Christina Makropoulou: An artist is born, not made

Christina Makropoulou was born and resides in Athens. She is a visual artist, a member of the EETE since 2003, registered in the painting department. She apprenticed at the studios of D. Fotou and K. Argyris (1992) and is currently studying at the Continuing Education Art Therapy Institute with a specialization in Art Therapy. She lived in Tinos (1999-2014) and fell in love with the Cycladic landscape, which she captured in her early works. She then returned to Athens, enriching both her themes and style. She has showcased her work in seventeen solo exhibitions and eleven group exhibitions in Greece (Tinos, Livadeia, Athens, etc.). She is also engaged in illustrating fairy tales, murals, and creative activities for children.

When did you decide that art was your path?
An artist is born, not made, because it is simply a way of life, a way of communication, and the expression of the emotions deeply hidden within your soul. I discovered this at a very young age, and it was clear to me that I wanted to become a painter.

What subjects occupy and inspire you in your artwork?
I really enjoy observing people, listening to their souls, and capturing their movements. At the same time, nature and the sea bring me great serenity. I try to convey this tranquility and harmony of the landscape in my works.

In what ways does watercolor serve your subjects better than other painting mediums?
Watercolor doesn't tolerate mistakes; you can't correct it. In fact, a mistake can become a new beginning. Additionally, it allows for the transfer of emotions in an atmospheric way. That's why I believe it is the appropriate medium for conveying what I want to express in my artworks.

Which visual and other artistic creators, in any form and expression of the Arts, would you say have influenced you?
It's very difficult for me to answer this question because my influences operate subconsciously within me without me realizing it. I would like you to judge that. Nevertheless, I would like to mention artists whom I admire, such as Dominikos Theotokopoulos, Van Gogh, Munch, and Picasso. I adore Gyzis and Moralis as well. Lastly, I would like to mention Kostas Spyrounis, whom I had the opportunity to meet in person.

What do you think is the social role of art and the visual artist today?
In today's world, which has been heavily affected by globalization, economic and social crises, and the destruction of our planet, ideals and values have been lost. This is precisely where I believe art should intervene, by raising awareness and showing people new standards, creating new patterns. It is the duty of every artist to ask their own questions and convey their own concerns.

If a teenager tells you that they want to become a visual artist, what advice would you give them to be mindful of/do?
I am a mother and I have a teenage son, so I would tell them exactly what I told my own child. First, think carefully if you truly love art because the path you have chosen is solitary, and you confront yourself every day. You will encounter many obstacles and disappointments. Are you capable? Can you endure? Are you strong enough? If so, then go for it! And if they live in Greece, I would suggest that they leave the small world behind, spread their wings, and explore other countries, civilizations, cultures, and people to further develop their own personal art.

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