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ARGYRO (Greece, Patras b. 1929 / act: Argolis)

Argyro Argyro Karymbaka was born on 8 July 1929 in Patras, Greece. She studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA (1953-1957), under Michael Tombros. At the same time, in these years, she learned the art of pottery in the studio of potter Yannis Delavinias in Maroussi and architectural design in the workshop of Pavlos Patrinos. The work of Argyro is anthropocentric with faith in the communication of the artwork to man. The materials she uses in sculpture are clay, cement, plaster, stone, marble, wood, copper and bronze sheet. She created drawings for books of poet Yannis Negrepontis (1930-1991) and collaborated with him in her exhibition on the theme of Women at Nees Morphes Gallery, where she presented his poems from the Feminist series set to music. She also created designs for textiles transferred to embroidery by her sister Maria Olympiou, exibited at Maroudas School, and published in a book. She also contributed in many productions by Finos Film, Athens.

Argyro presented the following personal exhibitions: Painting, Galerie Zygos, Athens (1963); Sculpture, Foreign Correspondents Club, Athens (1970); Goethe Institute, Thessaloniki (1971); Painting &; Sculpture, Rhodes (1975); Sculpture, New Forms Gallery, Athens (1975, 1976, 1979, 1984); Painting & Sculpture, Form Gallery, Lamia (1976); Painting & Sculpture, Panselinos Gallery, Thessaloniki (1980); Painting & Sculpture, Agathi Art Gallery, Athens (1980); Painting & Sculpture, Art Gallery Workshop Larissa (1982); Sculpture, Art Gallery of Heraklion, Crete (1985); Painting & Sculpture, Anemos Gallery, Kifissia (1989); Painting Dedicated to Christos Kapralos, Ersi's Gallery, Athens (1993); Sculpture, Tower Tsikalioti, Leonidio (1994); Painting, Ersi's Gallery, Athens (1997); Drawings & Sculptures, Psychari Gallery, Athens (2001); Wandering, Glyfada (2006); Retrospective Exhibition of Sculpture, Nea Kios, Argolida (2006); and Women, Graces of the Muses, Multi-Space Apollo, Piraeus (2008). § She also took part in the following group exhibitions: Panhellenic Exhibition, Zappeion Megaron, Athens (1957, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1975); International Exhibition, Oslo, Norway (1966); International Fair, Zagreb, Croatia (1964); Biennale des Jeunes Artistes, Paris (1961, 1967), Biennale, Fédération Internationale de la Médailles d'Art - FIDEM , Athens (1966); Contemporary Ceramics, Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece - EETE , National Youth Foundation, Athens (1988); Sculpture, Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece - EETE , Olympia (1995); Mythology, Sculptors Association, Ios Town (2003) / Cultural Center, Ioannina / Agrinio (2004); Olympic Sculpture Trilogy, Sculptors Association, Laurion (2004); Holy Gathering: Tribute to Giannoulis Halepas, Sculptors Association, Pyrgos of Tinos (2005); Sculptured Libations, Sculptors Association, Archaeological Museum, Olympia (2006); Visiting a Friendly Place, Sculptors Association , Agora, Pyrgos (2006); Micro-Sculpture, Sculptors Association, Cultural Organization Municipality of Athens (2006); When the Angels took flesh..., Sculptors Association, Municipal Art Gallery, Corfu (2006); Sculpture Trilogy, Sculptors Association, Multi-Space Apollo, Piraeus (2006); Water, Sculptors Association, City Hall, Spetses (2007) / Art Center, Rethymno / Syngrou Mansion, Poros (2008).

Argyro continues to live and work in the village Kiverio in Argolida.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2008]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
KILAIDONIS, LOUKIANOS The Sculptures of Argyro 01-02/1976 Zygos Magazine #18, Athens, p.28-31 [Greek]
ALBUM Argyro Karymbaka: Women, Graces of the Muses 2008 Multi-Space Apollo, Piraeus [Greek]

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