Irene Apergis was born on 21 March 1921 in Athens, Greece. She studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA (1940-1948) under Umbertos Argyros. Married to sculptor Ahilleas Apergis, she worked for many years in obscurity before showing her work in public.
Irene Apergis showed her work in personal exhibitions in Athens from 1979 onwards, and the exhibition she was preparing when she died was held posthumously in the Medusa Gallery (1995). She also took part in group exhibitions, most notably Contemporary Greek Art, Holland (1981).
The first period of Apergis' work is characterized by geometrical abstraction, which gradually shifted towards environments. Wood forms the structure on which such applied materials as gauze, fabric, and ribbons create three-dimensional forms. Apergis' objective was to organise the entire exhibition space and to make visual use of all the available area, including the viewer's own space.
Irene Apergis passed away on 9 June 1994 in Athens.
[Megakles Rogakos 03/2009]
ALBUM Irene Apergis 1982 Contemporary Printmaking Gallery, Athens
ALBUM Irene Apergis: Sky 1985 Medusa Gallery, Athens
KOSCIELAK, ELZBIETA Irene Apergis: Cracks 1988 Medusa Art Gallery, Athens
ALBUM Irene Apergis 1995 Medusa Gallery, Athens
ADAMOPOULOU, ARETI Greek Postwar Art: Visual Interventions in Space 2000 University Studio Press, Thessaloniki, p .104-106