Xrista Stavrou

Xrista Stavrou

Nicosia, Cypriot, Cyprus

About Xrista Stavrou

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art is a form of expression and an extension of my personality. My creative mind never stops, and everything around me is an inspiration to my work, even the most minor and insignificant things in life. For me, art is becoming a source for searching, processing, and ultimately making peace with varied experiences. I am an incredibly visceral person, and in many ways, I put myself wholeheartedly into each artwork. I never focus on specific art styles and themes as I do not want to frame myself within a particular kind of technique and be more loyal to my feelings and imagination. I sometimes find the beauty in ugly things and transfer them into powerful and unique artwork. For the past 20 years, my work has almost always stayed rooted in a personal mash-up of feelings, moments, and things I pump from life. Although there may not always be theme similarities, they connect by the richness of imagination and perfectionistic details, and my philosophy is consistent. Each work consists of a range of different meanings, and ‘Communication’ with my audience is what I have in mind when I design. I never have hidden messages, and I love it when viewers express different emotional reactions and perceptions for each artwork of mine. It's a blessing to be able to design and be creative. It gives a sense of accomplishment, harmony, and relaxation.


ARTIST BIO

Xrista was born in 1974 in Nicosia, Cyprus. She is married and has two lovely children. She started dabbling in art from a very young age, and at school, she has excelled in Art and was awarded a prize for the highest grade in technical design and excellence in the History of Art. For the academic year 1993-1994, she was awarded a full scholarship from an Art University in Cyprus, in HND “Graphic Art and Advertising Design.” Consequently, she followed her art passion in the UK. In 1997 she received her Bachelor of “Graphic and Media Design” from the University of the Arts London. Since then, she is continuously informed on the new trends in contemporary art, and everything around her is an inspiration to her work. She worked at several Local Design Agencies. In the late 1999’s, she started focusing on web designing, where she spends the last 18 years working as a web designer and developer at the biggest Telecommunication Authority Company in Cyprus.

Although family and work commitments prevailed, she managed to pursue her passion for art. Her art is a form of expression and an extension of her personality. Her creative mind never stops; Her designs are inspired by her imagination and passion for the most minor and insignificant things in life. She never focusses on specific art styles as she does not want to frame herself within a kind of technique and be more loyal to her feelings and imagination. Different mediums always allow her to express other ideas, and during research, new areas of interest arise and lead to her subsequent work. She sometimes uses subjects that will enable her to satisfy her obsession with colors and fantasy.

Her Art “Sweet Dreams,” a color drawing painting, was created with color markers, black ink, and acrylic paint. Within her art, somehow, She communicates that elusive sense of sheer joy. She loves illustrations, and every time she feels happy in her life, she creates art with colors and full of imaginary images and objects.

Her Art “Sweet Dreams,” a color drawing painting, was created with color markers, black ink, and acrylic paint. Within her art, somehow, She communicates that elusive sense of sheer joy. She loves illustrations, and every time she feels happy in her life, she creates art with colors and full of imaginary images and objects.


Artist Bio: https://www.xristastavrou.com/XS/CV/CV-EN/CV2021.pdf

SKILLS and EXPERTISE

Illustration and Drawing, Book Illustration, Art Painting, Digital and Textile Art, Vector Design, T-Shirt Design, Graphic Design, Brand Designs | Brand Identity & Advertising Design, Photography, Image Manipulation, and Image Editing.

Education

EDUCATION

1986-1988
She studied at the workshop of the award-winning late Cypriot painter Lefteris Economou for three years.
Nicosia, Cyprus

1992 - B’ Kykkos Lyceum
Attending Technical Drawing Classes
Receive a prize for the Highest Performance in Technical Drawing and excellent performance in History of Art and Technical Drawing.
Nicosia, Cyprus

1993 - Frederick University (H.N.D in Graphic Art and Advertising Design)
Received a full scholarship at Frederick University for the academic year 1993-1994 as first among all academic-year students
Nicosia, Cyprus

1994 - Frederick University (H.N.D in Graphic Art and Advertising Design)
Commendation Certificate for the highest average mark in the graduating class.
Nicosia, Cyprus

1994-1997
BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design
Studied at the University of the Arts London, in the area «Graphic and Media Design.»
London, UK

Events

SOLO EXHIBITION

2013 - Cloth Collection Solo Presentation
T-Shirt "Be a Hero" Collection
Nicosia - Cyprus

Xrista and Etherial' s collaboration (www.etherial.eu) ticks the boxes for fashion fabulous and social awareness supporting the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF); hence with their collaboration on the T-shirt collection "Be a Hero" takes the association to another level and pushes the T-shirt into a new realm of desirability. The skull silkscreen printed designs have a quirky mix of colors and fabrics.

GROUP EXHIBITION

2013 - Group Fashion Show
Cloth Collection Spring/Summer 2014
Elite Fashion Shows in Nicosia, Cyprus

Xrista successfully designed her new Etherial Collection Men/ Woman S/S14 and was selected to participate in the Elite Fashion Show at Famagusta Gate in Nicosia. She presented her whole Collection and supported the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF).

2014 - Group Fashion Show
T-Shirt Collection Spring/Summer 2015
Presidential House, Nicosia - Cyprus

Xrista successfully designed and presented her new Men/ Women S/S15
As one of the most talented Designers on the island, Collection has been selected to participate in the biggest Fashion Show in Nicosia.

2015 - Group Exhibition
The Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts (E.KA.T.E.)
Famagusta Gate, Nicosia Cyprus.

Honorary Event By House of Representatives for E.KA.TE. Members/Honorary. Members Exhibition and Reception of E.KA.TE.

Exhibitions

PUBLICATIONS

Day of the Dead 2016 Wall Calendar: Sugar Skulls Calendar – Wall Calendar
Published: July 22, 2015
Publisher: Amber Lotus Publishing Ltd.
ISBN: 978-1-63136-009-1
Amber Lotus Publishing Ltd selected Xrista's Skull Art Queen to be featured on the fantastic Day of the Dead World Calendar 2016, among the top accomplished artists such as Brandon Maldonado, Jennifer Kuhns, The Little Friends of Printmaking, and Craig Watkins.

Skull Sourcebook - Over 500 Skulls in Art & Culture
Published: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-63106-158-5

Christmas Book Illustration "The Santa Claus' Hat"
Published: December 2016
Publisher: Elias Epiphaniou Publications
ISBN: 978-9963-271-21-4
Has been selected and successfully illustrated a children’s book:
www.xristastavrou.com/XS/Work/Drawings/

Sugar Skulls 2018 Mini Wall Calendar: Day of the Dead Calendar – Mini Calendar, Wall Calendar
Published: May 2017
Publisher: Amber Lotus Publishing Ltd.
ISBN: 978-1-63136-251-4


HONORS & AWARDS

1990
The Cyprus National Committee on the occasion of the European day of schools
Commendation for participation in the Art Competition held in 1990.

1992 - B’ Kykkos Lyceum
Attending Technical Drawing Classes
Receive a prize for the Highest Performance in Technical Drawing and excellent performance in History of Art and Technical Drawing.
Nicosia, Cyprus

1993 - Frederick University (H.N.D in Graphic Art and Advertising Design)
Received a full scholarship at Frederick University for the academic year 1993-1994 as first among all academic-year students
Nicosia, Cyprus

1994 - Frederick University (H.N.D in Graphic Art and Advertising Design)
Commendation Certificate for the highest average mark in the graduating class.
Nicosia, Cyprus

2013
CWOF Cyprus Walk of Fame LTD (Cyprus), CBSW and Sons LTD
Xrista participated in the design contest for «Visual symbol of the Cyprus Walk of Fame» and received the first prize of 150 participants worldwide.

2015
Toyota Cyprus - Aygo Contest Wrap & Drive
She participated in the Design contest for Toyota Cyprus, the "Aygo Contest Wrap & Drive," and received the first prize as the first out of all participants.

2018
Art Recognition/Certifications
THE ARTBOX.GALLERY Switzerland
ARTBOX.The Jury has accepted PROJECT NEW YORK 1.0 Xrista for the ARTBOX. PROJECT NEW YORK 1.0 with her ARTS "Grandma" and "Colors" will be shown at the ARMORY ART WEEKS NEW YORK, 5th-16th March. Certifications received for the Art: "GRANDMA" and "COLORS."

2018
Art Recognition/Certifications
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - USA
Art Competition “Open Art Exhibition 2018”
Xrista received an Award Certificate from John R. Math from Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for her outstanding Painting “Grandma.” Her Art was selected among 702 entries from around the world.

2018
Art Recognition/Certifications
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - USA
Art Competition “Patterns Art Exhibition 2018”
Xrista received a Special Recognition Award from John R. Math from Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for her outstanding Pattern “Perplexity.”

2019
Art Recognition/Certifications
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - USA
Art Competition “Patterns Art Exhibition 2019”
Xrista received a Special Merit Award from John R. Math from Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery for her outstanding Pattern “Perplexity V2”.
The Art is available to view online at Saatchi Art and Yessy Online Gallery.

2019
Art Recognition/Certifications
ARTBOX.PROJECT Miami 2.0

The Jury has accepted Xrista for the ARTBOX.PROJECT Miami 2.0 with her ART "Perplexity V2" will be shown at the Miami Art Weeks, 02. - 08. December 2019.
Certification received for the Art: "Perplexity V2."