By Maria Gregoriou
Although the summer is upon us and we tend to venture out to places where the sun is king, openings of exhibitions are still very much popping up today and later in the week when Nicosia and Limassol unite on artistic ground.
Firstly Gloria Gallery will showcase the painting exhibition by Argentina Virginia Kakogiannis as of 7.30pm today, when it will be opened by Vice President of the Cyprus Green Party Adonis Yiangou.
Kakogiannis – from Corbu, a small village by the Black Sea in Romania – grew up next to nature, learning to live by it and obtaining some useful knowledge of how nature works.
After coming to Cyprus and creating a family, Kakogiannis started to paint and draw in an effort to transform the feeling of love and care she had for the people close to her into art. Although self-taught at first, the artist also decided to attend art classes at the Nicholas Panayi Art Studio in Nicosia, where she participated in the Studio’s group exhibition.
Her upbringing around nature and her love for it were the elements which drew her towards highlighting the theme of nature in her art. She mainly explored the theme of trees while travelling around the island and seeking out places where nature thrived. While leaving behind the noise of the city, Kakogiannis ended up creating a collection around the pine tree.
The collection, to which the artist gave the name Pitis, illustrates moments from the lives of pine trees in pastel paintings. Kakogiannis shows us the relationship that the trees have with their environment as well as the relationship they form with humans.
The artist tries to transfer the sounds and smells of the forest, the light, the creation of nature into a whole new world on canvas. The colours and the shapes transmit the power and energy of the trees, and remind us of the importance they play in our lives.
This is Kakogiannis’ first solo exhibition and it will remain open until next Saturday.
The second solo exhibition to open today is Internal Imprints by Themis Themistokleous at Apocalypse Gallery. The artist’s 16th solo exhibition is dedicated to the human form and especially to that of women.
As the Limassol-born artist has had a long career in the field of art, his creations now have a very personal feel to them. The figures in them almost seem to be putting on a visual performance and their placements in rural and traditional settings manage to place the paintings in a series of artistic movements.
Each painting shows a moment in life, either an important one or an everyday moment. It could be one during which a woman plays the flute, is hugging her cat or sipping wine. All these moments fuse together to create a world of harmony and become a part of the artist’s expression.
This is the last exhibition that the gallery will be showcasing for the season.
Moving onto a group exhibition that will begin on Thursday in Limassol and on Friday in Nicosia, the Cheapart Cyprus exhibition will be bring lots and lots to the art scene.
This is the fifth year that the exhibition featuring contemporary art will be running but for the first time it will be running in two cities simultaneously.
During these ten days, hundreds of contemporary art works will be on display, creating a cross-city platform among artists, art professionals and the public to exchange ideas and ferment future collaborations.
Solo painting exhibition by Argentina Virginia Kakogiannis. Opens June 9 at 7.30pm, until June 20. Gallery Gloria
3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10.30pm-12.45pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30pm-12.45pm. Tel: 22-762605
Solo exhibition by Themis Themistokleous. June 9-26. Apocalypse Gallery, 30 Chytron Street, Nicosia. Monday- Friday: 10.30am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30am-1pm. Tel: 22-766655
Cheapart Cyprus 2015
Group contemporary art exhibition. June 11-20. he Trade Event Venue, 18 Kitiou Kyprianou Street, Limassol. June 12-10.Visual Artists Association, 2 Nehru Street, Nicosia Municipal Garden, Nicosia. Tuesday – Friday: 4pm-8pm and Saturday: 10am-1pm. Tel: 22-681088