VENIA DIMITRAKOPOULOU (Greece, Athens b. 1965 / act: Athens)

Venia DimitrakopoulouVenia Dimitrakopoulou was born in 1965 in Athens, Greece. She graduated from Pierce College in 1983. Before engaging with the visual arts she earned a diploma in Performing Arts from the National Drama School of Athens Conservatory.

Between 1995 and 1999 she attended the A' Sculpture Workshop of the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA under the supervision of Professor Theodore Papagiannis. Additionally, since 1997 she attended ASFA's Pottery Evening Workshops under the supervision of Professor Pavlos Paltoglou. In 1999 she attended the Drawing Workshop of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts - ENSBA in Paris, under the supervision of Professor Daniel Lacomme. In 2000 she attended ASFA's Marble Evening Workshops under the supervision of professor Nikos Paraskevas.

Venia Dimitrakopoulou has received important commissions such as the drawing and creation of three relief busts of the politician Eleftherios Venizelos for the International Airport of Athens. The busts were initially presented in 2001 at the exhibition organized by the National Research Foundation 'Eleftherios Venizelos' in cooperation with the Benaki Museum at the opening ceremony of the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, and are actually exposed in two different locations at the V.I.P. lounges. In 2001 she received a private commission for a public space of a bust of the politician Dr. Iakovos Diamantopoulos, which was inaugurated at the Archaeological Museum Square of Lavrio in 2006. In 2002 Dimitrakopoulou was commissioned to install a sculpture for the Modern Art Museum in Malakasa. In 2004, in cooperation with the architectural bureau 'PLIAS – D. Diamantopoulos', she was commissioned to create a sculptural installation at the central port of Aegina. In 2005 she began her submission of a sculptural installation for a public space in Kastella of Pireaus.

Venia Dimitrakopoulou presented the following personal exhibitions: Conquered Territories of Mneme and Cosmos, Athens Art Gallery, Athens (2009); Selection of Recent Scuptures, Hilton Hotel, Athens (2009); and Maping Oneself, Athens Art Gallery, Athens (2011). She also took part in the following group exhibitions: Heads in Art, Museum of Aegina, Aegina Island (2000); Children Portraiture, Selini Gallery, Kifissia (2001); and Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time, ACG Art Gallery, The American College of Greece, Athens (2008).

Apart from being an artist, Venia Dimitrakopoulou has worked as curator of art. In 2003 she organized seminars on drawing and painting at her atelier in Aegina Island, in cooperation with Professor Daniel Lacomme of ENSBA of Paris. In 2004 she organized the exhibition of the French sculptor Elizabeth Oulés at a private park in Aegina. In 2004 she presented the work of Iasonas Molfesis in cooperation with Mr. Manos Stefanidis, curator of the National Gallery in Athens, at a private space in Aegina.

Venia Dimitrakopoulou continues to live and work in Athens. She is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece - EETE.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2011]