Anna Constantinou was born on 3 December 1947 in Alexandria, Egypt, and was raised in Nicosia, Cyprus. She studied painting and engraving at Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Italy (1965-1968), and lived and worked in Rome until 1976.
Constantinou's work, which was shaped by the progressive and speculative climate of 1960s Italy, is largely characterized by a certain austerity of style. Constantinou pursues an abstract exploration of the language of painting, achieving a simplicity of composition that is unaffected by the figurative elements that occasionally make a brief appearance in her work. The basic constituents of her idiom - square, circle, curve, color - are used analytically in the framework of her exploration of the language of painting per se, acquiring a spiritual and self-referential character.
Anna Constantinou presented over 15 personal exhibitions since 1970, and took part in numerous group exhibitions, including the following: 5th Biennale de Paris, France (1967); 7th Biennale d'Alexandrie, Egypt (1967); 1st Indian Triennale, New Delhi, India (1968); Mostra Situazioni, Rome (1971); Avanguardia e Sperimentazione, Modena / Venice, Italy (1978); 13th International Graphic Arts Biennale, Slovenia (1979); and International Mail Art Show, Indonesia (1983).
Anna Constantinou has lived and worked in Edinburgh since 1977.
[Megakles Rogakos 12/2009]
ALBUM Anna Constantinou 1976 Desmos Gallery, Athens
ALBUM Anna Constantinou 1977 The Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh
STROUSA, EFI Avanguardia e Sperimantazione 1978 Galleria Civica, Modena, p.16-17,28-29
ALBUM Anna Constantinou - Wilson 1980 Miranda Gallery, Hydra Island
ANTHOLOGY Lexikon of Greek Artists: Painters, Sculptors, Engravers: 16th-20th Century 1998 Melissa, Athens, p.356-357 [Greek]