Fotini HamidieliFotini Hamidieli
Fotini Hamideli was born in Greece. She studied art in the U.S. She returned to Greece where she lives today. She teaches art lessons and collaborates with the Central Public Library of the city of Veria, organizing various events, lectures and art programs directed to children. She does graphic work designing posters, brochures and magazines and has written articles on art. Her work has been published in two books written by Dimitra Mitta, ”Jocasta’’ and “Masks” and in several art publications. In Greece she first exhibited in “Diagonios”, a gallery in Thessalonici, directed by Dinos Christianopoulos, a famous Greek Poet. Fotini Hamideli has been showing her work since 1978, participating in over 75 group shows and has had twelve one woman shows.
Studies: 1973-1975 Studies in Eugene Tonoff’s studio, Providence R.I.
1978-1979 Honors Program of R..I.SD. Rome, Italy
1979 BFA Rhode Island School of Design – U.S.
1985 “Diagonios” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
1989 “The River Aliakmon”, “Diagonios” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
1997 “Anny Balta” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2000 “Anny Balta” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2003 “Dining”, The Ianos Art Gallery, Thessaloniki Greece
2006 “Awakenings”, Ianos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
2007 “Mirrors”, 3rd Story Telling Festival of mount Olympus, Kallipefki, Greece
Selected Group Exhibitions
1979 Art Show, Pallazo Cenci, Rome, Italy
1980-1989 Group Shows in “Diagonios” Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
1999 “Myth, A Line Hanging In Time”, Exostis Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2001 Minature Art, Vafopoulio Art Center, Thessaloniki, Greece
2002-2004 “Healthy Mind In A Healthy Body”, International Peripheral Exhibition of Plastic Arts
2003 “Woman, a subject of inspiration and as creator”, Casa Bianca, Thessaloniki, Greece
2006 “Memories of Dining’’ Byzantine Museum of Veria
2006 “The Collection”, Viannou Pinacotech, Crete
2006 “66 Women Create in Thessaloniki”, Casa Bianca, Thessaloniki, Greece
2006 “Myrofores”, Ianos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
2007 “Heterotopias” 1st Biennale of Contemporary Art organized by the Contemporary Museum of Thessaloniki
2007 “Light”, 42nd Dimitria in Thessaloniki, Greece
2000, Anny Balta Gallery
“…Female figures seem to participate in a silent drama played in familiar spaces. A landscape is seen through an open window, in the background giving a feeling of freedom against the dead-end of closed space circulating the women.”
2003, Ianos Art Gallery
«Ge?µata» – Dining
Interior, I came home late, duet, apple, bird, dream, longing, fish, paper, word, table, dinner, knife, cruel, I opened the door, together, fry, strangers, loneliness, family, domesticity, marriage, children, free, with my key, dark, fear, purple, follow the colors, reach the end, disillusionment, and I noticed that I was looking for my key, passion, white, brown and black, shell, circle, death, past, remember, That I needed a key, oblivion, revelation, abandonment, resignation, to get into the house, quiet, why don’t you say something?
The underlined passages are from the poem “Cronos” (Saturn), by Günter Grass
In all of my current work I basically use the same technique with a few variations of the materials. I approach works on paper in the same way as works on canvas using different kinds of paper mostly transparent and creating layers by juxtaposing various qualities of paper and colour.
During this process I start working on the composition which sometimes can be covered up and later again be revealed somewhat changed. This way the work is kept fluent, continually changing.
Inks, acrylic paint, oil crayons, watercolour pencils, charcoal are used to achieve desired effects.
A few words about the subject
For many years I’ve been painting figures of women. These women have been changing and growing at the same time I did, expressing things I felt.
There are different series of works presented here but their subject is relative as the main theme deals with mirrors.
A mirror may not actually be depicted in every work but what is pictured can be seen as a mirror image, even as an image of the spectator
The artists of “Diagonios”- A presentation by Pericles Sfiridis, published “Diagonios” Thessaloniki 1985.
“The Tram” a vehicle, Literary magazine, Thessaloniki June 1990.
“Close Up” magazine, book 2, Thessaloniki 1997
A Dictionary of Greek Artists, published by “Melissa”- 2000.
In Thessaloniki- Artists and Exhibitions 1980- 2000 by Pericles Sfiridis, published by “Ianos-art”.
“Panselinos”, book 79, March 2001, an article about indolence, published by the newspaper Macedonia.
“Visual Arts Education”, published by the Teachers’ Union 2003, Athens
“Faces of the Mask” by Dimitra Mitta, 2004, University Studio Press.
The “Vigla” Pinacothech The first works, published in Crete 2005.
“Jocasta” by Dimitra Mitta, 2006, University Studio Press.
“Bang”, Free Press magazine 2006- Athens an interview.
“Akti” a literary magazine, autumn 2007, Nicosia- Cyprus.
“Cultural events”, books 25, 26, 35, 37, 44, published by the Municipal Organization of Veria.
Painting- Printmaking from the collection of Dinos Christianopoulos.
1st exhibition of Minature Art, 2001, Thessaloniki.
1st Balkan exhibition of Contemporary Minature art, 2002, Thessaloniki.
20 years of Artistic Creation, Visual Artists Association of Northern Greece, art gallery of the society for Macedonian Studies, Thessaloniki.
22 Years of artistic creation, Art Gallery of the Society of Macedonian Studies 2005
Art Center- Parko Eleftherias, Cultural Municipality of Athens, 2005.
Women visual artists of Thessaloniki, Municipal Picture Galley.
42nd Dimitria, Light+, Sketve 2007
Woman as a subject of inspiration and as a creator, Thessaloniki 2003, Municipality of Thessaloniki “Idipolis”.