VOULA MASSOURA (Greece, Euboea, Chalkida b. 1936 / act: Athens)

Voula Massoura Voula Massoura was born on 29 April 1936 in Chalkida, prefectural capital of Euboea island, Greece. She studied graphics arts in Krefeld Germany under Pr. Georg Muche and Immecke Mitscherlich - both founders and major representatives of the Bauhaus movement - and in Salzburg Austria under Pr. Heinz Trökes of the Berlin Academy. Between 1960-1964 she worked in Athens as a graphic artist and illustrator for advertising firms, newspapers and periodicalls. Between 1964-1979 she focused on painting and assemblages. During 1980-1990 she worked in the manner of textile art, using mainly vegetable fibres and acrylics. Between 1990-1996 she created a series of works under the general title "Banners" where the main material used is tarpaper. Since 1997 she has been working on a new series of work "Decay - Reminiscenses".

Voula Massoura presented the following personal exhibitions: Galerie Zygos, Athens (1964); Chryssothemis Gallery, Athens (1970); Astor Gallery, Athens (1975); Trito Mati Gallery, Athens (1979); Pansellinos Gallery, Athens (1980); Retrospective 1970-1980, Thessaloniki (1980); Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens (1985); Institut Français, Thessaloniki (1986); Municipal Art Gallery, George I. Katsigras Museum, Larissa Greece (1986); Medusa Art Gallery, Athens (1990, 1995, 2003, 2008); Goethe Institut, Athens (1991); Famagusta Gate, Nicossia, Cyprus (1993); Koule - Medieval Castle of Heraclion, Crete, Greece (1993); Institute of Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Studies, Venice, Italy (1996); Palazzo del Podesta, Faenza, Italy (1996); Terracotta Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece (1997); Medusa Art Gallery, Athens (2000); and Retrospective 1990-2000, Municipal Gallery Alekos Kondopoulos, Lamia, Greece (2000); Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nafplion (2002); and Retrospective 1985-2005, Municipal Art Gallery, Rhodes (2008). § She also took part in the following group exhibitions: Panhellenic Exhibitions, Athens (1963, 1975, 1987); Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria (1972); Modern Greek Art, Chicago, USA (1974); Salon d'Automne, Grand Palais, Paris, France (1975); Biennale d'Alexandrie, Alexandria, Egypt (1982); Athens Cultural Capital of Europe: Reminiscences - Transformations - Quests, National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens (1985); 7th International Mini-Textile Biennale, Savaria Museum, Szombathely, Hungary (1988); Five Greek Artists, Communauté Européenne, Brussels, Belgium (1988); Ancienne Laiterie, Strasburg, France (1989); II Salon International du Petit Format Honorary Award, Villefranche Castle, Nice, France (1992); Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy (1993); International Textile Triennial, Łódź, Poland (1995); Medusa Art Gallery in Art Athina #5, Helexpo, Athens (1995); The Focus of the Gaze, Brussels, Belgium (1998); A Trip Through Plastic Arts, Psychari 36 Gallery, Athens, Greece (1999); Banner, Flag, Sign, Psychari 36 Gallery, Athens (1999); 4th International Art Biennial, Sarjah, United Arab Emirates (1999); Greece the Mediterranean, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Nice, France (1999); Contemprarry European Fibre Art: Living Waters, Helsinki, Finland (1999); The Bests, Medusa Art Gallery, Athens (2000); Intercontinental Meeting of Women, Contemporary Art Centre, Larissa (2002); Medusa Art Gallery in Art Athina #10, Helexpo, Athens, (2003); 11th International Triennial of Textile Art, Lodj, Poland (2004); Bird Invest: The Nesting Box Project, Burgloon, Belgium (2005); Artistic Encounter of Greece & China, Beijing, China (2005); Berlaymont: Summa Artis, Brussels, Belgium (2006); The Alpha Bank Collection: Greek Art from 1920 to Nowadays, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2006); The Place is Elsewhere, Medusa Art Gallery, Athens (2007); and Medusa Art Gallery in Art Athina #14, Helexpo, Athens (2008).

Artworks by Voula Massoura are kept at the following institutions: The Alpha Bank Collection, Athens; The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.

Voula Massoura currently lives and works in Athens.

[Megakles Rogakos 04/2009]