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EVI SARANTEA (Greece, Florina b. 1947 / act: Chalkis)

Evi Sarantea Evi Sarantea was born on 15 May 1947 in Florina and raised in Athens. She studied painting at the Art Workshop of Chalkis from 1987 with the following teachers: Angelos Antonopoulos, Ioanna Vetsopoulou, Yannis Ziogas, Hariklia Mytaras Eleni Moraitis, Dionysis Papadopoulos, Lakis Patraskidis and Manos Stefanidis. She has a degree in Pharmaceutics from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (1971).

Evi Sarantea painted the representations of humans and hominids for the Paleolithic Fossils Museum of Mytilene and the Paleolithic Museum of Nea Artaki. She is an associate of Aeikiniton Theater of Chalkis and has often provided stage sets and costumes for its performances. She taught art history at the Rachoutis-Ghika School of Chalkis. As researcher of prehistoric stone tools, she collected and designed approximately 5,000 such artefacts from Central Euboea, part of which are exhibited in the War Museum in Athens. She discovered p aleolithic tools workshops in Nea Artaki and Makrikapa of Euboea. In conjunction with the City and Ephorate of Chalkis, she create d a Museum in New Artaki for the findings. She compiled a herbarium with 320 species of dried herbs from the mountain complex of Dirfi/Ksirovouni (1998). She founded a cultural department in the Mountaineering Association of Chalkis (1998). As a member of the Lyceum of Greek Women of Chalkis she conducted research in Euboea, encouraging school children to collect the surviving legends, myths and other folklore (1996). Sarantea is awarded medals by the Archeophile Society of Euboea (1992) and the Euboean Studies Association (2004).

Evi Sarantea presented the following personal exhibitions: Zachos Mansion, Mytikas, Euboea (1990) ; Central Library, Chalkis (1996); Cultural Center of the City of Athens, Athens (1997, 2003), Strofi Gallery, Chalkis (1997, 2003); Archaeological Museum, Chalkis (1998); Roman Palaestra, Chalkis (2004); Aeikiniton Theatre, Chalkis (2004); Central Building, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens; Panepistimioupoli, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Zografos (2009); and Retrospective, Red House, Chalkis (2010). She also took part in the following exhibitions: Painting of Greek Pharmacists, Caravel Hotel, Athens (1998); Votives, Forum Farm, Olvos, Athens (2000); Greek and Italian Painters, Town Hall, Chalkis (2000); Woman in 2004, Mary Alexiou - Athens Art Space, Athens (2004); Tarkovsky in Chalkis, Castle Art Workshop, Chalkis (2004); The Beautiful and the Wonderful, Red House, Chalkis (2008); Olive Festival, Elia Gallery, Chora, Skyros Island (2008); Kite, Cultural Center of the City of Athens, Athens (2009); and Harokopion University, Athens (2009).

Currently, Evi Saranteas lives and works in Chalkis, the capital town of the island of Euboea, Greece.

[Megakles Rogakos 05/2009]

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