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A minute with Penelope Constantinou Visual Artist/Painter

Where do you live?
I live in Nicosia.

Best childhood memory?
One time I advised my father on how to solve a simple problem and made him see my real value and look at me as a being, not as a child. This meant the world to me.

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
I love going to fish restaurants. My favorite dish is fish with salad. I do not eat pork.

What did you have for breakfast?
I had pancakes with Rye flower and egg and almond milk with fruits and spirulina!

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
There is so much to do and study in life that one lifetime is not enough so for me I need both day and night. I wish I did not have to sleep. A perfect day out for me would be seeing the sunrise by the sea and spending the day swimming or up in the peaceful mountains breathing fresh air. At night I absolutely love having excellent dinners at good restaurants with incredible views.

Best book ever read?
Books that enhance life and focus on humanity’s future survival are my favourite. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles teaches the correct way to think about life. He made many people rich. After this came Napoleon Hill’s book Think Rich grow Rich and Rhonda Byrne The Secret and many others. Spreading poverty is a way to control people and it must stop and he tells you how to do it.

Favourite film of all time?
My favourite film would be one that tells the truth about the mysteries of life and solves the madness that governs us. It would be true entertainment. It is not out yet.

Favourite holiday destination? What’s your dream trip?
During my studies in Florence I became best friends with a student from Paxos, the aritist Kallia Kouva. One summer we went to Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos. That was my best holiday. I was with my best friend, and the beauty of these amazing islands marked and formed me and confirmed my idea that we need to always to live up to the beauty of this world.
I also just had a dream trip to Venice in July. I went there to participate in international exhibitions I had been invited to and I had fabulous time.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Maria Spivak’s “Less Mystery Please”
Katerina Kyprianou “The 3 Prayers” One of best voices on the planet

What is always in your fridge?
Berries, fruits, almond milk made by me and many vegetables.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling?
When I was young, my family used to live at Platres in the summer and Nicosia in the winter. I love the sea and the mountains but also the city with its buzz and speed of life. So maybe my dream house should be just outside the city and close to nature.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
I would arrange a meeting with Nikos Kazantzakis and the leader of the nearest life-supporting planet. Nikos would represent Earth and would ask the leader for space on his planet in case we need it as refugees. Nikos would say those famous words: “We have but a single moment at our disposal. Let us transform that moment into eternity. No other form of immortality exists.”

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Try to help other people not to freak out by telling them they are spirits and not just bodies.

What is your greatest fear?
Failing to save Earth which means losing the game of life. People who do not understand how it is necessary to save the planet. People who destroyed all past civilisations and now are doing the same to this one. And the rest of the people who do nothing about it is what scares me.

Tell me a joke…
“What a strange machine Man is! You fill him with bread, wine, fish and radishes and out comes sighs, laughter and dreams.”
Nikos Kazantzakis
Follow Penelope Constantinou’s work at or Facebook/PenelopeConstantinouArt or visit Penelope Art Gallery: 23C Armenias Street, Nicosia.

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