Lives and works: Larnaca, Cyprus
Elena's work is characterized by a delicate observation that seeks to elicit the sensations, memories, and wonder associated with our experiences and encounters. Tsigaridou has filtered her experiences into a personal and contemporary visual language. These finely rendered images provoke us to look beneath the surface into the realm of strange alliances, symbolisms, and meanings. Her work evokes the private world of personal identity and inner state.
Elena Tsigaridou earned her B.A. with Distinction (in Fine Art, Painting), from the Academia di Belle Arti, in Rome Italy. She is currently directing the Creative Art School, Ispirazione in Athienou, Cyprus that she founded and is an Art and Design Teacher at the American Academy Private School in Larnaca, Cyprus. Elena’s works have been the subject of numerous exhibitions in Cyprus, Italy, and Brussels.
In the year 2016 Elena won the 1st prize in the category of Drawing at the 4th edition of contemporary art contest organized by non-profit Art Foundation Telemachos Kanthos, and in year 2018 she was nominated with the 1st Prize in the category of Print Making.
Medium: Mixed Media
Selected Permanent Collections
Paintings are held in numerous private and corporate collections throughout Cyprus, Brussels and Italy.
BA Fine Art and Painting 2003
Academia di Belle Arti, Rome, Italy
Circles Made Up of Cubes 2015
Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca
Participated in more than 20 group exhibitions, in Greece, Italy, Brussels and Cyprus
1st Prize in Print Making at the 5th Edition of Contemporary Art - Art Foundation Telemachos Kanthos
1st Prize in Drawing at the 4th Edition of Contemporary Art - Art Foundation Telemachos Kanthos
Founded the Creative Art School, Ispirazione
World Art Dubai art fair 6th-9th April 2016
ARTWORKS AVAILABLE for SALE by ELENA TSIGARIDOU
RECENT SHOWS of ELENA TSIGARIDOU
Title: VIEW CIRCLES MADE UP OF CUBES
The journey of self-awareness is riddled with possibilities and boundaries, which stimulate an ongoing internal dialogue. For Elena Tsigaridou, in this journey, decisiveness turns into inspiration and honesty to exploration. Honesty is represented through the geometrical shapes; a circle, a cube become symbolic signs that reference the daily grind. Young, nameless heroes, possibly from the artist’s own personal circle, enjoy a reasonable co-existence with lines that either converge or diverge. Childhood acts as Tsigaridou’s vehicle for a journey to the past, which facilitates an approach towards the present and its reality.
Colour, in this circle of works, is portrayed as a need – one which entails abstraction to reach detection. The composition’s realistic elements are not the main objective. Instead, the abstract features in colour constantly cause a surprise to the artist, whether they are created with a fluid medium like paint, or a solid one, like thread. Both are perceived to what is apprehended by the viewer. The mythical element is not overlooked, since the royal crown, depicted in some of the works, marks the journey’s starting point.
By Art historian and curator, Marina Christodoulidou.
PAST SHOWS of ELENA TSIGARIDOU
2018 'New Horizons in Painting II - the unpredictability of ideas', Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece
2017 'Sender-Recipient' , Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus, New York, USA
2017 World Art Dubai art fair, The Art Cocoon gallery, Dubai, UAE
2016 Telemachos Kanthos Art Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus
2016 Gallery Apocalypse, Nicosia, Cyprus
2016 7 artists exhibition, Seven Stories-Lace and Modern Art, Kallinikeio Municipal Museum of Athienou (cataloque)
2016 Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca
2016 Silent auction for charity, Skali Aglantzias, Nicosia
2016 Opposites, Larnaca Municipal Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus ( cataloque)
2015 Golden Thread, Collection Gallery, Nicosia
2015 ‘Four Towns of Cyprus’ 120 years of Ephorate Greek Schools, E.KA.TE building, Nicosia
2014 7th annual art exhibition, Akamantis Conference & Exhibition Center, Nicosia, Cyprus (catalogue)
2014 50 years EKATE, Famagusta Gate, Nicosia, Cyprus (catalogue)
2014 50 years EKATE, Evagoras Lanitis exhibition Center, Limassol, Cyprus (catalogue)
2014 50 years EKATE, Municipal Art Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus (catalogue)
2014 Change ex change/ Αλλαγή συν αλλαγή, Omikron Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
2014 Organized by Rotaract, Aigea, Nicosia (catalogue)
2014 Old Electricity Art Centre, Nicosia
2013 Not a single day without a line, Municipal Art Gallery, Larnaca Cyprus
2013 Contemporary Artists, Apothikes Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus
2013 Celebrating 20 years, Kypriaki Gonia Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus
2012 Four person Exhibition, 4/4, Peter’s Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus
2012 Europe- Larnaca, Municipal Art Gallery, Larnaca Cyprus (catalogue)
2012 Four person exhibition, Witnesses, Kypriaki Gonia Gallery, Larnaca Cyprus
2012 Alpha C.K. Gallery, Nicosia
2011 Cyprus Olympic Committee, Nicosia, Cyprus (a work was selected to be permanently posted in the gallery)
2009 Gallery Two, Nicosia, Cyprus
2007 Iliotropio Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus
2006 Three person exhibition, European Parliament, Brussels
2006 Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca, Cyprus
2002 Arte Contemporanea, Gallery ‘La Pigna’, Palazzo del vicariato, Rome, Italy
2001 Two person exhibition, Gallery La pigna, Palazzo del vicariato, Rome, Italy (supported by the Cypriot Tourist Organization)
2001 Lettere e Caffe, Rome, Italy