The beginning of 2016 found me opening my new studio in Kreuzlingen, CH. My work, by inner necessity, is inevitably about man; but my inspiration has always been alimented by input from nature. A common question I was asked by people who are familiar with my work so far, was how I could go and paint in a light so different from the Greek one. Light, however, is only one, small element of the natural input that drives my thought and intuition towards image making.
I can’t help seeing in nature, allegorical presentations of all aspects of human condition. I find them in central Europe or the Middle East, as I find them in my native Aegean. Landscapes, waterscapes, the colour of the earth, the hardness of the soil, the scent of the air, the height of the trees, the way man prunes them, how things die, how life recycles itself. Wondering at the shore of Bodensee and the nearby forests, presented a new wonderland of visual experience to me. Of course, light plays an important role on what one sees when one looks. The Aegean sun washes everything with the dramatic violence of the local winds; it exposes all things and dances a frantic dance of impressions in an ever-changing symphony of light and shadows. Light around my studio by the lake is a soft breeze. An enhancer of the inner colour of things. What I perceive here is the substance of mater. Live mater in immense density.
As I wrote a friend and fellow artist, my awareness here is directed towards “the decomposing mater under my feet as I walk through the forest, the layers of undergrowth, the strata of mist and fog, the secrets of the lake bed”. Mental images, or rather visual insights, are generated because of and through this richness and depth of physicality. The notion of unceasable recycling of all natural things, as opposed to the notion of the defined beginning and end of them, appears to be of comforting value and this feeling of comfort and ease is trying to materialise in my paintings. In the process of it all, a new element has found use in my work: ash. In its lightness, its absorbing properties and its plasticity, I found an ally to pictorial practice and a powerful symbol. Its symbolic value may not be directly visual, as it is not evident those surfaces are made with ash. It has enough of an effect for me though, to manage this material in the process of creating images today.
Detail of work in progress “Riverbed”.
96 x 67 cm, pencil, graphite, ash, pigments on paper.
Detail of work. Pencil and ash on paper.
2015 has been a year of personal awakening. Life and history seem to weigh differently.
Perception of the world has undergone some alteration.
Uebergang, 95 x 125 cm, oil and mixed media on canvas
στην Τεχνόπολη του Δήμου Αθηναίων στο Γκάζι,
Κτίριο Δ7 “Νέοι Φούρνοι”.
Η έκθεση, με αυθεντικά έργα και μεταξοτυπίες γνωστών, Ελλήνων καλλιτεχνών,
πραγματοποιείται με την ευκαιρία των 20 χρόνων λειτουργίας της Ευωνύμου Βιβλιοθήκης για την οικολογία και το περιβάλλον.
26 – 29 Ιουνίου 2014
10:00 – 22:00
Την έκθεση θα εγκαινιάσουν ο νέος Πρύτανης της Ανώτατης Σχολής Καλών Τεχνών, Μάριος Σπηλιόπουλος
και ο σκηνοθέτης Λάκης Παπαστάθης
στις 26/07 και ώρα 12:00
at Technopolis, Gazi, Athens.
A show on the occasion of Evonimos Libary’s 20th year.
Duration of show
26th – 29th June 2014
10:00 – 22:00
The show will be inaugurated by the new Dean of Athens School of Fine Arts, Marios Spiliopoulos
and the film director Lakis Papastathis
on 26/07 at 12:00
From 12th to 27th April, Maria Xagorari participates in the group show
RED / KOKKINO
at Yannis & Eleni Vati gallery, at Miaouli sq. in Ermoupolis.
It is my pleasure to announce my new collaboration with Gallery tou Notou
at 21-23 Lazaraki st. Glyfada, Attika.
Visit the site and contact the gallery for information on my works in their collection.
Με ευχαρίστηση ανακοινώνω τη νέα μου συνεργασία με τη Γκαλερί του Νότου,
Λαζαράκη 21-23, Γλυφάδα.
Επισκευθείτε τον ιστότοπο της Γκαλλερί και επικοινωνήστε για πληροφορίες για έργα μου που βρίσκονται στη συλλογή της.
Phoenix and Branch, oil on canvas, 48 x 100 cm
Phoenix and Branch, oil on canvas, 48 x 100 cm
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Η Μ Α Ρ Ι Α Ξ Α Γ Ο Ρ Α Ρ Η Σ Τ Η Γ Κ Α Λ Ε Ρ Ι Α Ρ Γ Ω
Η Γκαλερί Αργώ της οδού Νεοφύτου Δούκα 5, στο Κολωνάκι, θα υποδεχτεί την Μαρία Ξαγοράρη, για να παρουσιάσει την ατομική της έκθεση με έργα ζωγραφικής, με τον γενικό τίτλο: «Το δίδαγμα των χωραφιών».
Τα εγκαίνια της έκθεσης θα πραγματοποιηθούν την Τρίτη 25 Φεβρουαρίου,
στις 7 το βράδυ και η διάρκειά της θα είναι ως τις 29 Μαρτίου 2014.
Σε αυτή την έκθεση, η ζωγράφος μας παρουσιάζει την καινούργια της δουλειά από ελαιογραφίες, στην οποία συνθέτει μια παραβολή για τη φυσική ανθεκτικότητα της ζωής, χρησιμοποιώντας ως σύμβολα εικόνες της φύσης. Στην απόδοση των έργων διακρίνουμε ευαισθησία και στη χρωματική της παλέτα ζεστασιά.
Η ίδια η καλλιτέχνης μιλώντας μας για το θέμα της καινούργιας της δουλειά, μας αναφέρει μεταξύ άλλων:
«…Στα έργα αυτά, οι μορφές που η φύση μου δάνεισε είναι τα κλαδεμένα αμπέλια και τα ηλιοτρόπια. Το αμπέλι, με το φορτίο της μνήμης του κάθε κλαδέματος χαραγμένο στις στροφές των μελών του, έγινε για ‘μένα το σύμβολο της αναγέννησης μετά από κάθε καθοριστική, και συχνά βίαιη, τομή της ζωής. Το ηλιοτρόπιο, ορθώνει το ανάστημά του στον ήλιο, σε πείσμα του μελτεμιού που σχίζει τα φύλλα του, κοιτάζοντας πάντα τη φωτεινή πλευρά του ουρανού. Το μικρό κορίτσι, δανείζεται το όνομά του από το μυθικό Φοίνικα, και φέρει μέσα του την αναπόφευκτη επανεκκίνηση της ζωής. Ο κύκλος των αέναων ακρωτηριασμών και αναγεννήσεων, η φωτιά που μεταμορφώνει το νεκρό σε τροφή του νεόβλαστου, η αντίσταση στον άνεμο, είναι το δίδαγμα των χωραφιών.»
Γ Κ Α Λ Ε Ρ Ι Α Ρ Γ Ω
ΝΕΟΦ.ΔΟΥΚΑ 5, 106 74 ΚΟΛΩΝΑΚΙ
ΤΗΛ.: +30 210 7249 333 ,
FAX: +30 210 7249 777
e-mail: serezis @argo-gallery.gr * website: http://www.argo-gallery.gr
( Έπισκέψεις : Τρίτη – Παρασκευή: 10:00-14:00 & 18:00-21:00, Σάββατο: 10:00-14:00 )
MARIA XAGORARI IN ARGO GALLERY, ATHENS
Argo Gallery, in 5 Neofitou Douka st. in Kolonaki, Athens, welcomes Maria Xagorari who will be presenting her new painting work, in a solo show, under the title “The Precept of the Fields”.
The vernissage will be held on Tuesday, 25th February at 19:00 and the show will be on until 29th March, 2014.
In this show she presents her latest oil paintings, which compose a parable about the natural resilience of life, using images from nature as symbols. We discern sensitivity in the execution of her work and warmth in her palette.
Talking about her work, the artist said: “… In this series of paintings, the forms I borrowed from nature are those of the grape vine and the sunflower. Grape vine, with the token of each and every pruning carved on its twisting members, became for me the symbol of rebirth after every crucial, and often violent, section of life. The sunflower holds its stature erect against the sun, defying the wind which tears its leaves to shreds, always facing the bright side of the sky. The little girl borrows her name from mythological Phoenix and bears inside the inevitable regeneration of life. The cycle of eternal mutilations and renascence, the fire which transforms the withered into nurture for the freshly sprouted, the endurance against the wind; all this is the precept of the fields.”
5 Neofytou Douka st. Kolonaki, Athens
Tel.: +30 210 7249 333 ,
FAX: +30 210 7249 777
e-mail: serezis @argo-gallery.gr * website: http://www.argo-gallery.gr
Visiting hours: TUE – FRI: 10:00-14:00 & 18:00-21:00, SAT: 10:00-14:00
Years of practice and hard work are needed to get the right hues, tones and surface that will transfigure paint on canvas into a meaningful object for contemplation.
Due to these very special properties, no reproduction can substitute the real thing when it comes to experiencing – not merely looking at – a work of art. However, proper documentation is a must.
Proper photography of works of art is not a simple task. Beyond professional equipment, professional expertise, time and patience are employed. As the opening date of my show in Argo Gallery in Athens is closing up, it was my pleasure to work with photographer Lambros Sakelariou in my studio.
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η Ομοσπονδία Ερασιτεχνικού Θεάτρου Αιγαίου με τίμησε φέτος με την ανάθεση του εικαστικού έργου που χρησιμοποιεί για το επικοινωνιακό υλικό της
25ης Συνάντησης Ερασιτεχνικών Θιάσων Αιγαίου
που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στη Σύρο 10-20 Οκτωβρίου 2013.
Στο πλαίσιο των παράλληλων εκδηλώσεων της συνάντησης, θα πραγματοποιηθεί έκθεση έργων μου, με τίτλο
Η έκθεση είναι μια μικρή αναδρομή στην εναλλαγή των ερεθισμάτων και την εξέλιξη της τεχνικής, που διαμορφώνουν το εικαστικό μου ύφος. Παρουσιάζονται έργα από τις πιο χαρακτηριστικές ενότητες της δουλειάς μου όπως εξελίσσεται τα τελευταία 5 χρόνια.
Αίθουσα Τέχνης “Γιάννη & Ελένης Βάττη”, πλατεία Μιαούλη, Ερμούπολη.
Εγκαίνια: Παρασκευή 11 Οκτωβρίου 2013, ώρα 19:30
Διάρκεια έκθεσης: 11 – 24/10/2013,
Ώρες λειτουργίας 11:00-13:00 & 18:00-22:00
Η παρουσία σας θα με τιμήσει ιδιαίτερα.
Δείτε την επισυναπτόμενη πρόσκληση και κάντε κλικ εδώ για το πρόγραμμα των εκδηλώσεων .
the Federation of Amateur Dramatics of the Aegean has honored me with the commission of the art theme for the promotional material of the
25th Amature Dramatics Companies’ Meeting
which will take place on Syros between 10th – 20th October 2013.
Among the parallel events of the Meeting, an exhibition of my work will be held under the title
The exhibition is a small retrospection of the alternation of input and the evolution of technique that form my pictorial style. On show there will be works from the most characteristic series, as they have been evolving in the past 5 years.
Art Gallery “Yannis & Eleni Vatti”, Miaouli sq. Ermoupolis.
Opening: Friday 11th October, 2013, at 19:30
Exhibition duration: 11 – 24/10/2013
Opening hours: 11:00-13:00 & 18:00-22:00
Your presence will honor me greatly.
Please find attached the invitation and click here for the events’ program.
Maria Xagorari has been selected to showcase as the Artist of the Month on theportal for visual artists and photographers. Bellow is the interview of the artist:
TAL: How and when did you start creating art?
I have difficulty answering this question because I have been painting since I remember myself. Then, at some point in my life I started recognizing a strong connection between the images I produced and the marks my experience of the world left upon me. When people started responding to this experience as such after having seen my work, I thought I might have succeeded in creating what I call Art. I can’t put a date on that.
TAL: What media and genres do you work in?
So far I have been working on traditional painting media. I work with oil on canvas. I believe that pictorial means when mastered are an inexhaustible source of meaning and expression. However, I feel the need to produce series and not single, isolated paintings. And that is because I need to create what I call “pictorial installations”. That is environments consisting of a number of paintings by which the viewer is surrounded and drawn into.
TAL: Who or what are your influences?
If I should refer to influences as influences by artists, I could sum everything up by saying that I have been influenced by every artist whose work has made me feel and think at the same time. If I should name some, I could say Paula Rego with her narrative, Anselm Kiefer with his immediate expression of meaning and feeling through matter, Ferdinand Hodler with his poetic symbolism which makes no compromise in the expense of good painting, Auguste Rodin whose work seems so realistic without being realistic at all, Panayiotis Tetsis with his use of light, Yiannis Moralis with his compositional severity which paradoxically set him free to the road for expression of feeling.
TAL: What was your inspiration for “Phoenix and Tortoise”?
“Phoenix and Tortoise”, oil on canvas, 80x120cm
My work is deeply connected to my own life and experience. Most of the times I only decipher the origin of my images after they have been made. So, what I have concluded about why I painted “Phoenixand Tortoise” is the following :
There was time almost a year ago when sleeping infants on tortoises appeared in my work. The tortoises I could easily explain because five of them live in my garden and while watching them I found myself making thoughts about longevity, protection and the wisdom of slowness. The infants I felt like the symbols of fresh start but at the same time being the tragic figures who carry the weight of the past onto an uncertain future. As I was into this work and almost intimidated by the darkness it was flirting with, I happened to watch the 9year-old daughter of a good friend play with my tortoises. She was barefoot in my garden, glowing in her white summer dress and was moving in this natural environment with the confidence and the curiosity of youth who feels the world is there to discover, and this feeling has not yet been contaminated by the weight of history awareness. So, without my conscious understanding, she wiped away the sleeping infants and brought her optimistic light in my painting, which is more and more about rebirth and rediscovering in order to reinvent our way of being. I needed the tortoise because myPhoenixgirl (this is how I named her) might be fresh and history unawares, but she needs to step on the shoulders of long life, slow experience which will be her protection and guidance.
TAL: Describe your creative process.
I am a figurative painter. This means that my paintings, apart from expressing feelings and meaning, depict objects. The process of choosing these objects is a non-rational one. They are mostly objects of my surroundings and in the recent years I have been choosing them as I walk to the sea or as I dig my garden or while I run long distances in the country where I chose to live. Then suddenly, images start forming in my mind in which these objects are protagonists. Then I, more often than not, go directly on canvas. Sometimes I might make a sketch to put down an idea, but then I know that a sketch has a life of its own and a painting based on the idea might take quite different steps. So, I go on canvas and I keep myself flexible. Like a dancer who dances with a new partner and has to lead but also be led through unexpected moves.
TAL: What are you working on currently?
“Pruned”, oil on canvas, 210×120 cm
I am currently working on a series of paintings about the force of violent interruption of life’s course and the eternal restart. The objects I have chosen (or better, have chosen me) are pruned grape vines. I witness the radical pruning and the stubborn rebirth with new power every spring, but also the signs of every single cut, eternally present on their old bodies, to mark how many times their growth was interrupted and had to change course. Among those grape vines, a little girl appears, shining in the sun. This will be my “Phoenix” series, an installation of paintings to form an environment of interruption and rebirth, with means of pictorial light and color.
TAL: What are your near/long term goals as an artist?
I only have one goal, whether near or long term. To manage to produce universally meaningful works in which the pure artistic means (color, form, material) will be the ones to make the works’ content perceivable in an indisputable way.
TAL: Where can people view/purchase your work (gallery, website, etc)?
My works can be seen/purchased through:
“Ουρανός”, λάδι σε μουσαμά, 210×100εκ. 2013
Ο Δήμαρχος Σύρου-Ερμούπολης Γιάννης Δεκαβάλλας
σας προσκαλεί να τιμήσετε με την παρουσία σας την τελετή ονομασίας σε
“Αιθουσα Τέχνης Γιάννη και Ελένης Βάτη”
του νέου εκθεσιακού χώρου που στεγάζεται στο ισόγειο του Δημαρχειακού Μεγάρου.
Μ.Τρίτη, 30 Απριλίου 2013 και ώρα 20:00
Θα ακολουθήσουν τα εγκαίνια της έκθεσης ζωγραφικής
“Σταφύλι και Κρασί”
με έργα Συριανών και άλλων δημιουργών.
Διάρκεια έκθεσης έως 15 Μαϊου 2013.
You are cordialy invited to the group show
Vine and Wine
on the occasion of the ceremony to name the municipal gallery of Ermoupolis after the benefactor family of
Yiannis and Eleni Vatis.
Opening: Tuesday 30th of April, 20:00
Duration of the show until April 15th 2013
Maria Xagorari "Ouranos", oil on canvas, 210x100cm 2013