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SYLVIA SARROPOULOU (Switzerland, Baden b. 1960 / act: Greece, Athens)

Sylvia Sarropoulou Sylvia Sarropoulou was born on 27 November 1960 in Baden, Switzerland. She was a student of Pierce College. She took painting courses at the Group for the Communication and Education in Art, Athens (1977-1979) with Chronis Botsoglou, Dimosthenis Kokinidis, Sotiris Sorogas, and Yannis Valavanidis. Subsequently, she studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy (1980-1984) with Professor Silvio Loffredo, and etching at the International School of Graphic Arts, Il Bisonte, in the same city (1984- 1985) with Professor Domenico Viggiano. She taught art at the Tasis Hellenic International School from 1990 to 1996.

Sarropoulou's art was initially concerned with concepts of abstraction, with an emphasis on geometric values. She created constructivist compositions with tonal analogies and colorful contrasts. Later her approach broke free from constructivism, exploring various means of expression in terms of aesthetic and technique. Currently her art aims to represent ambiguous forms that dwell on the border of reality and utopia.

Sylvia Sarropoulou presented the following personal exhibitions: Galleria AxA, Florence (1986); Evmaros Gallery, Athens (1986); Desmos Gallery, Heraklio, Island of Crete (1991); Franco-Hellenic Union, Athens (1992); Olga Georgandea Gallery, Athens (1998); Benetatos Cultural Center, Athens (2006); Sylvia Sarropoulou: Flower Portraits, Ersi's Gallery, Kolonaki, Athens (2008); and Sylvia Sarropoulou: Imaginary Mirrors, Mary Alexiou - Athens Art Space, Athens (2009). § She also took part in the following group exhibitions: Premio Lubiam, Sabionetta, Italy (1982); Perrig Gallery, Basil, Switzerland (1985); Young Graphic Artists Competition, Athens Conservatory, Athens (1985); Diaries, UCLA Art Library, Los Angeles, USA (1987); Castello dei Guidi, Poppi, Arezzo, Italy (1988); Painting, Town Hall, Amaliada, Greece (1988); Town Hall, Nafplio (1989); Brussels, Belgium (1990); Trash Art, Technopolis, Athens (1998, 1999); 1st Interbalkan Forum of Contemporary Miniature Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2002); Micrographs, Gallery of Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece - EETE, Athens (2003); 205 Artists Paint for Ioli, Athens (2003); P37 Art Gallery, Piraeus (2006); Auction by 'Doctors Without Borders', Politeia Tennis Club, Kifissia (2008); Springtime, Triangle Art Gallery, Kifissia (2008); Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time, ACG Art Gallery, The American College of Greece, Athens (2008); and Panorama of Greek Printmaking, Ano Touba, Thessaloniki (2009).

Sylvia Sarropoulou is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece - EETE. She currently lives and works in Kifissia, Greece.

[Megakles Rogakos 11/2009]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Sylvia Sarropoulou: Flower Portraits 2008 Ersi's Gallery, Athens

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