I was born in Romania and through marriage I came to Cyprus 25 years ago. I have studied mechanical engineering but I have not practiced my profession because I was always attracted to art. Until now I had four individual exhibitions, each one in a different field of art.
The first exhibition took place in 1993 at the Kourion hotel in Limassol and the opening was performed by late John Corbidge. The title was “Expressions of art through knitting” and I exhibited hand knitted jumpers being inspired by famous painters (Miró, Kandinsky, Klee, and John Corbidge). This exhibition was successful because of the originality of the work presented and was broadly commented and broadcasted on TV and published in “Selides” magazine.
As I do not like to repeat myself and being attracted to new challenges, in 1996 I tried a new domain of art in producing Christmas decorations. The name of the exhibition was “Holy night” and it took place at the Cultural exhibition center of the Bank of Cyprus. Dr Amerikos Arghyriou opened the exhibition and part of the proceeds was used to fund the Theotokos Foundation. The work shown had very original ideas expressed in sculptures, wall hangings, tapestry and table decorations. The appreciation of the visitors was felt through the amount of extra pieces ordered.
Having completed this subject I engaged myself in a new venture and started to carve and decorate ostrich and hen eggs. Again I had series inspired by my preferred painters (this time Miro and Robert Delaunay) as well as the famous Greek jeweler Elias Lalaounis. This time I exhibited my work in 2000 at my studio/house. The originality of the work attracted many visitors and buyers.
Trying to express my inner world as comprehensively as possible through art, last year I started studying silk painting. Since no help was available locally, I purchased many books that I studied thoroughly and started experimenting. The result being beyond my expectations.
I decided to show the beauty of this field of art in a new exhibition. The idea behind this exhibition was to present wearable art. My work comprises of kaftans, shawls, paintings and special evening wear all hand painted on pure silk and embroidered with Swarovsky crystals and colorful beads and sequins. The theme of the exhibition was “Metamorphosis through silk” and the symbol I used was the butterfly. It took place in Limassol at the Londa hotel on April 3rd being opened by the Mayor of Limassol Andreas Christou. The duration was three days and it was widely publicized through many fashion magazines and shown on the local channels and Sigma TV.
The visitors appreciated the professionalism with which the whole venue was presented, having included a fashions show as well.