Athena Petra Tasiopoulos

Athena Petra Tasiopoulos

VT, United States

About Athena Petra Tasiopoulos

Athena Petra Tasiopoulos is a photographer and mixed media collage artist. She studied photography at the Art Institute of Philadelphia where she graduated at the top of her class in 2008. She currently resides in Vermont. Her work is collected internationally.

Athena describes herself as a collector of second hand images – primarily ‘cabinet card’ portrait photography from the late 19th - early 20th C. From these found photographs, she creates a digital composite by scanning and altering the original photograph to suit her desired composition. While the photo collage serves as the foundation of her work, her limited edition prints are then finished with the application of hand-drawn and painted embellishments in graphite, acrylic, watercolor, and wax pastel.

“My imagination is continuously lured by the mystery of found photographs –piles of 'instant relatives' discarded and forgotten in musty antique stores. It is as if the subjects I select exist in an interesting sort of limbo – simultaneously trapped yet saved within the photograph. I find myself feeling compassion for them. By re-inventing the portrait, I aim to disjoint my subjects from an antiquated identity, allowing them to transcend the constraints of time and place.”


Education

Bachelor's of Science, Photography
Art Institute of Philadelphia
2008

Exhibitions

Studio Place Arts; Round and Around; Group Exhibition; Barre, VT (February - March 2017)

BCA Metro Gallery; The Past Present: Athena Petra Tasiopoulos & Molly Bosley; Burlington, VT (January - April 2017)

Candela Gallery; Unbound5!; Juried Exhibition; Richmond, VA (July 2016)

Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery; Collage + Illustration; Solo Exhibition; Stowe, VT (April 2 - May 14, 2016)

Chandler Center for the Arts; Salvage; Group Exhibition; Randolph, VT (January - March 2016)

Studio Place Arts; Beyond; Solo Exhibition; Barre, VT (January - February 2016)

GUSH Gallery; Group Exhibition; Philadelphia, PA (October 2015)

ONE Arts Center; Found: Portraits in Collective Memory; Group Exhibition; Burlington, VT (August 29 - September 31, 2015)

New City Galerie; Never Had No One Ever; Group Exhibition; Burlington, VT (August 7 - October 27, 2015)

GUSH Gallery; Solo Exhibition; Philadelphia, PA (October 2014)

Candela Books + Gallery; Group Exhibition; Richmond, VA (July 2014)

Janus on Pine; Solo Exhibition; Philadelphia, PA (Dec 2013)

S.P.A.C.E. Gallery; Group Exhibition; Burlington, VT (March 2014)

S.P.A.C.E. Gallery; Group Exhibition; Burlington, VT (Oct 2013)

PhotoPlace Gallery; Group Exhibition; Middlebury, VT (Oct 2013)

Lightbox Photographic Gallery; Group Exhibition; Astoria, OR (Sept 2013)

Chandler Art Center; Group Exhibition; Randolph, VT (Feb 2013)

Abington Art Center; Solo Exhibition; Jenkintown, PA (Dec 2012)