Athena Anastasiou

Athena Anastasiou

Brooklyn, NY, United States

About Athena Anastasiou

For enquiries please get in touch through Unix Gallery, NYC.

I am exploring my own personal mythology that speaks about identity and the core concerns of human existence. It's a constellation of my beliefs, feelings and images that construct my own explanation of the world.

Some of the questions I ask through the work are, where do we come from, why is our planet and wellbeing so out of balance? Defaulting to fear and frustration rather than love and creation and how it is our responsibility individually to shift that.

My research includes painting daily thoughts and stories. These stories are from personal experiences, observations, conversations and videos and books on the quantum field and the power of thought and intention. I am also looking at mythological paintings from the renaissance period and overlaying my reaction to them on top of the image. And continuing my research on western and eastern story telling through mythology and seeing where that leads me.

The aesthetic framework that I am using is one of mythology; which portrays a sense of magic, morality, a life lesson and even mystical creatures. I have added a sense of lightheartedness to the work, almost childlike imagery or a larger scale sketch which provokes a freedom from the left brain thinking which is typical of the society we live in who struggle to obtain their connection to nature and intuition. My work ideally encourages one to see a point of view from an open mind, with fresh child like eyes.

Education

EDUCATION

NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART
CONTINUING STUDIES (2020)
NYC CRIT CLUB (SPRING 2020)
PAINTING COURSE - CHARLES CECIL STUDIOS (2018)
BA FINE ART CENTRAL ST MARTINS (2006 – 2009)
ART FOUNDATION CENTRAL ST MARTINS (2005 – 2006)
(Un-conditional offer)

Events

Shortlisted for RA Summer Show (2020)
Selected for The Wall Of Women, Affordable Art Fair, London (2020)
Featured in The Guardian Online (2019)
Featured in Eye Stylist (2019)
WhyNotArt Launch in LA (2018)
Time Out Publication (2018)
Minus37 Publication (2018)
Hoxton Radio Interview (2018)
One of the winners for "Picasso: An influence on Contemporary Artists" 508 Gallery, Chelsea, London (2018)
Asylum Artist Management / Unsigned
(2018)
Amar Gallery (Curated) Featured Artist
(2018)
WhyNotArt Featured Artist (2018)
Unframe / London Featured Artist (2018)
Fleek Gallery Featured Artist (2018)
“Wotisart” Publication, in Jan Edition (2018)
Founder of Meet The Artists - A pop up art exhibition supporting emerging artists in London (2015 - Present)

Exhibitions

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (March 20)
"The Other Art Fair" Victoria House, Holborn, London (Oct 19)
The Contemporary Indigenous in collaboration with InVogue Travellers Club & A Small World, Studio Kix, London (July 19)
"Open Studios" w/Lindsay Mapes & Rob Paul, Cell Studios Dalston, (July 19)
Solo Show, The Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall, London (May 19)
'Street Figures', 508 Gallery, Kings Road, London (April 19)
Flux Exhibition,The National Army Museum, Chelsea, London (March 19)
"WOMAN", The Book Club, London (March 19)
International Womens Day, The Circle, Soho, London (March 19)
‘Curated’, Amar Gallery, London (January 19)
"Fresh From The Studio', 508 Gallery, Chelsea, London (Oct- Nov 18)
'Essence' Solo Art Show, BSMT Space, Dalston, London (October 18)
Art Residency, Great Art UK, Shoreditch (September 18)
The Circle London, Soho, London (July-November 18)
'Summer Exhibition’ Fleek Gallery, Devon ( July - Sep 18)
'Picasso: An influence on Contemporary Artists' 508 Gallery, Chelsea, London (July - Aug 18)
‘The Official London Launch Show’ Asylum Artist Management, The Crypt, St Pancreas, London (May 18)
‘Unspoken’ Sweet Art, The Stash Gallery, London (May 18)
‘Gallery Cafe’ Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London (Month of May 18)
‘Open Studios’ Cell Studios, Ridley Road, London (April 18)
‘Living into your Portrait’, Solo Art Show, 5th Base Gallery, Brick Lane, London (July 17)
‘The London Pancakes & Booze Art Show’, Studio Spaces, London (Feb 17)
Christmas Angel Art Fair, Candid Arts Trust, Angel, London (Dec 17)
‘Meet The Artists’, Cremer street, Hoxton Arches, Black + White Building, London (March & Aug 16, April 17)
‘Arts Music Festival – NEBULA NEBULA’, The Platform, London (June 15)
'Live Art' by Thre3 Strokes, Rustic Cinema in Marrakesh during Biennial (14)
‘Live Art’ by Thre3 Strokes, ‘Imaginary Beings’, Portugal (Apr 13)
‘Arts Omega’, Omega Works, Manor house (Nov 12)
‘Live Art’ by Thre3 Strokes, Passing Clouds, London (Oct 12)
‘Live Art’ by Thre3 Strokes, Concrete, Shoreditch, the London (May 11)
‘Live Art’ by Thre3 Strokes, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, London (April 11)
‘Live Art’ by Thre3 strokes, XOYO, Old Street, London (March 11)
‘Surreal Nightmares’, Shunt, London Bridge (Nov. 10)
‘Cross my Art’ 210 Pentoville, Kings Cross, London (Sep. 10)
‘Live Art’, Winter Sessions, Chamonix, France (April 10)
‘Mixed Emotions’ Art & Escape Gallery, Hertfordshire, London (Oct 09)
Central St Martins Degree Show, Charing Cross Rd, London (June 09)
Byam Shaw Gallery, Islington, London (08)
Trinity Buoy Wharf, East London (07)