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ALKISTIS MICHAELIDOU (Greece, Crete, Heraklio b. 1959 / act: Athens)

Alkistis Michaelidou Alkistis Michaelidou was born on 1 January 1959 in Heraklio of Crete, Greece. She graduated from the High School of Neo Heraklion, Athens, in 1976 and continued Advanced Level Studies in Mathematics at North Trafford College (1977-1978) and Archaeology, Roman History and Painting at Saint John's College, Manchester, England (1978-1980). She studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA (1981-1989), painting with Yannis Moralis and Dimitris Mytaras, and aesthetics with Pavlos Christodoulides. She furthered her studies with an attendance of all lectures on Theory of Art at the ASFA Master Degree Course (lectures by Petros Martinides, Giorgos Harvalias, Nikos Daskalothanasis) and private studies in Digital Arts (1996-1998) under Nikolaos M. Doukas. She received the following distinctions: Highest Quality Award at the IV Biennial of Drawing, Pilsen, Czech Republic (2004); The Best Collection Award at the VI International Biennial of Drawing, Pilsen, Czech Republic (2008). She has worked at the following institutions: Academic Drawing, Materials and Digital Image Processing - private tuition to candidates for entrance to the School of Fine Arts (1989-2009); Art Lessons at High Schools (1999-2002); Artists Exchange Program, International Association of Arts IAA, Sweden (2005); Pictor: Exploring the Familiar, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2008); ARTweek, Aaberna, Denmark (2009). She also illustrated the following books of poetry and novel: Of Unknown... poems by Theodoros Zafiriou, Erifyli, Athens (1987); At the Moon's Edge poems by Ioannis Touratsoglou, Hermes, Athens (1997); Short Suite for Cats by Dimitra Simou, Kaleidoskopio, Athens (1997); Copies of No Original poems by Theodoros Zafiriou, Erifyli, Athens (2002); Gratia by Eleni Ladia, Omonia, Athens (2003); Meetings of Gods and Humans by Eleni Ladia, Hestia, Athens (2003); Half-Measures by Theodoros Zafiriou, Erifyli, Athens (2003); Black Hermes by Eleni Ladia, Hestia, Athens (2005); Tarantula by Eleni Ladia, Hestia, Athens (2008); Grace by Eleni Ladia, Hestia, Athens (2009); Essays on the Poetry of Dimitris P. Papaditsas, Logeion, Athens (2009).

Alkistis Michaelidou presented the following personal exhibitions: Reading of a wave, Museum of Contemporary Greek Art, Rhodes Island, Greece (2002); Museum of Water, X Colono Gallery, Athens (2003); Counterpoint of Symbols X Colono Gallery, Athens (2004); Counterpoint of Symbols, Anemopyles Cultural Center, Burgi Castle, Karystos Island (2004); Counterpoint of Symbols, Museum of Contemporary Greek Art, Rhodes Island (2005). She also took part in the following group exhibitions: ASFA Graduates, National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens (1990); Tin Cans, Lithografeio of Piraeus Street, Athens (2000); MoTeR II, Museum of Contemporary Greek Art, Rhodes Island (2002); 205 Artists Paint for Ioli, Epistrofi Gallery Athens (2003); IV Biennial of Drawing, Museum of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic (2004); The Best Drawings of IV Biennial of Plzen, Czech Center, Warsaw, Poland (2005) / Gallery of Kormendi-Csak in Sopron, Hungary (2005) / Sala Manzu, Bergamo, Italy (2006) / Czech Center in Brussels, Belgium (2006); V Biennial of Drawing, Museum of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic (2006); 3rd International Drawing Competition, Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw (2006); Time-Based Arts: 23 Video Artists in Athens, Municipal Cultural Center of Agia Paraskevi (2006); 3rd International Drawing Competition, Miejska Galeria Sztuki w Lodzi / Studio Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland (2007) / Neapoli Gallery, Tsessaloniki (2008); VI International Biennial of Drawing: The Best Collection, Museum of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic (2008); International Architecture Research Events- Unbuilt, School of Archiitecture for All - SARCHA, Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens (2008); VI International Biennial of Drawing / The Best Collection, Centrum Bavaria Bohemia, Schönsee, Germany (2009); VI Euro-American Visual Arts Exhbition, Campeche, Mexico (2009); ARTweek, Aaberna, Dennmark (2009); The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn, The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens, Greece (2009); The Human Figure in Art, Technopolis, Athens (2010); Pictor 3 - Exploring the Familiar, Action Field Kodra #10, Thessaloniki (2010); VII International Biennial of Drawing, Museum of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic (2010); Visual Initiative, Moralis Municipal Gallery, Arta, Arta, Greece (2010); Best Works of VI International Biennial of Drawing, Centrum Bavaria Bohemia, Schönsee, Germany / Galéria Slovenskej Výtvarnej Únie, Bratislava, Slovak Republic (2011); Encounters: Eclectic Affinities with the Art of Phaedon Anastasiadis, Melina Mercouri Cultural Center, Athens (2011) / Teloglion Foundation of Art, Thessaloniki (2012); and sExplosion: Penis & Vagina Relationships in the Contemporary Visual Arts, Booze Cooperativa, Athens (2011). She also participated in the following international film festivals: IV International Film Contest Eco Cinema: An Elegy of Water, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Rhodes Island (2004); Also The 10th International Environmental Film Festival: Green Vision, Saint Petersburg, Russia (2005).

Artworks by Alkistis Michaelidou are kept at the following institutions: The American College of Greece - ACG Art; Gallery of the Athens School of Fine Arts; Museum of Contemporary Greek Art, Island Rhodes; Cultural Center, Karystos Island, and private collections of Panagiotis Nikas, Gerasimos Vassilopoulos and Nikolaos M. Doukas.

Alkistis Michaelidou currently lives and works in Athens.

[Megakles Rogakos 01/2009]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
EUGENIA ALEXAKI & MEGAKLES ROGAKOS Encounters: Eclectic Affinities with the art of Phaedon Anastasiadis 2011-2012 Melina Mercouri Cultural Center, Athens / Teloglion Foundation of Art, Thessaloniki
KOTIDIS, ANTONIS Modernism and Tradition 2012 University Studio Press, Thessaloniki, v.II

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