Lives and works: Larnaca, Cyprus
Katerina Stavrou is an abstract expressionist painter creating powerful compositions full of movement and color, through the application of techniques such as ‘Action Painting’ and ‘Automatism’. Figurative elements, and conceptualism characterize her art, while experimentation and exploration of new practices are central to her work. Katerina uses vibrant colors and bold brushstrokes, in all directions on her canvases.
Her paintings are dynamic and bold underlined with the use of vibrant colors, bringing awareness to political, philosophical and existential issues. She aims to move the feelings of the viewers, inspiring their imagination in their everyday life.
Her latest art series ‘Fight or Flight’, brings awareness to the psychosomatic state of the human body, and the repercussions on the heart, when it feels threatened.
Katerina Stavrou's paintings are held in numerous international private and corporate collections in Cyprus, Greece, USA, United Kingdom.
Medium: Oil paint on canvas.
'Enjoying the ‘act’ of painting itself is essential to me and something that encompasses my passion and love for my work. I consider the philosophy of automatism to be an integral part of the creative process,
as I use unconscious spontaneous gestures, followed by very careful and gentle painting, at which point the decision to keep certain accidental marks becomes part of the creation. Looking at the blank canvas, my vision is to express myself, while at the same time to manage and personalize this experience for my audience. I feel like the object of creation is becoming a live performance through the transition, within the observers’ point of view.'
Diploma “Visual Arts” 2009
Salford University, UK
BA “Fine Art” 2011
Manchester Metropolitan University
Course “Art Criticism” 2013
Central Saint Martins College of Art, UK
MA “Cultural Policy and Development” 2018
Cyprus University, Cyprus
’Chromatical Intercourses’/ 2015
Myth Factory, Larnaca, Cyprus
The Font Bar, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK
Participated in exhibitions organized in Greece, USA, UAE, UK and Cyprus
E.KA.TE The Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts [member of the International Association of Art (IAA) and represents IAA in Cyprus]
Founded Artis - Art School 2014
Academia di Belle Arti, Rome, Italy
BA Fine Art and Painting 2003
American Academy Larnaca
Academia di Belle Arti di Urbino
Circles Made Up of Cubes 2015
Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca
Participated in more than twenty group exhibitions, in Greece, Italy, Brussels and Cyprus
Founded the Creative Art School, Ispirazione