"My creative drive is incessant –and I let it take me where it will each time. Some themes have become obsessions throughout the years and they keep inspiring me over and over again, even though the outcome is different each and every time. Being born and raised in Greece, my inspiration is deeply interconnected with my natural environment, which sparks and colours my everyday life. Trees and the rhythmic interconnections between them was one of the first obsessions, which opened the way to a more abstract approach. The sea and its colourful nuances 

is one of my latest obsessions.

Even though my paintings change throughout the years, as I am changing also, there are some constant values that form the basis of my work. Always seeking harmony of the composition and 

the colours, always tending towards abstraction, pure forms that emanate clarity, simplicity, and rhythm. Conveying the essence of light is essential, even in the darker paintings.

Usually my paintings express a meditative mood and aim at evoking similar emotions."


Zenia Dimitrakopoulou, 2017




 

"The artworks of Zenia Dimitrakopoulou activate our ability to see and to interpret. Her paintings, based on a purely lyrical sense, reveal an unusual sensibility. The softness of the color schemes and the way she uses them, show us important traits of her personality and her interest in expressing her emotions."


José Roberto Moreira, gallerist and curator (Colorida Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal) 

 

Short CV

Dr. Dimitrakopoulou Eugenia (Zenia) is a visual artist and an art educator based in Athens.

She originally graduated as a Surveying Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A) and had a Masters degree in London (MSc in Transport, Imperial College, scolarship from Eugenides foundation).

She graduated as a painter from the Athens School of Fine Arts (1997-2003 with Professor D. Mytaras), where she also attended courses on Art Teaching, Photography, Mosaic Art, Engraving and Sculpture.

She has completed an MSc program in "Architecture-Space Planning" at the Athens School of Architecture (N.T.U.A), focusing on “Planning-Space-Culture” (2004-2006). Her thesis concerned a hermeneutical approach of the geometrical structure of Vermeer’s works.

Since 2015 he has completed her PhD thesis on the analysis of Vermeer’s consistent approach, concerning the geometrical structure and the symbolism in his works, in the section of History of Art at the Athens School of Architecture, with a scholarship from the University’s Research Fund.

Some of her artworks are also available, the originals or as prints, at Saatchi Art Gallery: http://www.saatchiart.com/Zenia

Artworks by her are included in private collections in Greece, England, Germany, Russia and the U.S.A.

Besides her own studio, she has an art space where she gives painting lessons to groups of students since 2008.

 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:

Bibliography

Rogakos, Megakles (2010) Zenia Dimitrakopoulou: Seasons, Art Space 24, Athens (catalogue)

 Group Exhibitions:

  • Holland Tunnel Gallery Paros: "Art & Jazz", curator Dr. Zenia Dimitrakopoulou, July-August 2017
  • Events Horizon: "The Museum of the Future" Part B "To the Unknown God", Athens, November 2012 (catalogue)
  • 1st Santorini International Biennale of Arts: The Past. History, Time, Memory and Nostalgia, July-September 2012
  • Events Horizon: "Outopia 3: The Architecture of Dreaming", Athens, May-June 2012 (catalogue)
  • Chamber of Visual Arts and Athens Municipality 'Technopolis': “Image-Space-Action 2”, Athens Technopolis, January-February 2008 (catalogue)
  • Alpha Trust: “Birthplace”, Athens Benaki Museum, November 2007 (catalogue)
  • 11th International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens: ART ATHINA, Selini gallery, May 2004 (catalogue)
  • Gallery "Περί Τεχνών": "Masks-Facades as Objects or as Symbols», Athens, February 2005 (catalogue)
  • 9th Festival of Young Artists: "thru-flows" at the Athens Metro Stations, February 2006
  • Gallery of the Athens School of Fine Arts 'The Factory', "Graduates 2002-2003", April 2004 (catalogue)
  • 5th Film and New Media Festival "e-φως": LOOKOUT, Athens, September 2003


"In my path, the combination of different elements has been desicive. The exact sciences, geometry and mathematics, form the foundation that was set by my initial studies as an engineer. It always acts subconsiously, in the constant seeking of equilibrium through the proportions and the internal structure. The freedom of personal motion within this innermost frame brings about its own outcome. The motion has been developed through years of occupation with dancing and music, and meditation contributes in the harmonization of the internal rythm with the externalization of its expression.

Since the period of my stydies at the Athens School of Fine Arts, what remains as an endless target is, no matter how wrought my artworks may be, to maintain their freshness, the energy and the purity of their original sensation, of their birth."