Chrys Roboras was born in Sydney, Australia. Coming to Athens she studied at Middlesex University, achieving a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Technology with First Class Honors.
She has had 11 solo exhibitions; in Athens, Paros, New York, Toronto, London, Lugano and Los Angeles.
Chrys has participated in Art Athina, Revolution Art Fair, Parallax Art Fair, Biennale of Chianciano, Biennale of Beijing, Biennale of Santorini, Scope Art Fair, Emerging Artist Award-Dubai, Art Takes Paris, The Artist Project and The Other Art Fair by Saatchi.
Chrys’s work has achieved awards in various exhibitions.
Her work has been featured on music book covers, in the book «International Contemporary Masters Volume 5», Hidden Treasures Art 2014, ArtTakes Miami 2012, 2014, 2015, Serendipity Magazine “stories from the fringe” 2013 and made the shortlist for the Emerging Artist Award Dubai 2016.
Chrys has also won the feature in the Artist Portfolio magazine.
She has participated in over 50 group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
Her work is found at the Museum of Fine Arts in Las Vegas and in many private collections in Greece and abroad.
Chrys was also an invited Guest Speaker for UnfodingArt North Carolina, USA.
From the very first time I touched paint, I knew that I wanted to do something in my life with it. It was an uphill battle, to be able to conquer it! Experimented, cried, laughed and eventually got to the point where I was able to paint on canvas images that moved me; penetrated deep into onlooker’s souls and touch them.
Images that many expressed “I can’t get your paintings out of my head.” This is what I wanted to achieve and even though at times I feel I do, other times I feel the battle is still uphill.
For the last 11years I have painted the following concepts:
“No Man’s Land” to “In Man’s Land”.
My first series ‘No Man’s Land’ is about being in between two countries; Australia and Greece. In Australia, I am Greek, in Greece I am Australian. For most of my life, I have known two countries. However, I spent the majority of it in Australia. Born and raised in Australia by immigrant parents, I could not help to have the feeling of not belonging embedded in my subconscious. It may have been my father’s words that “one day we would return to Greece”, to his country, his fatherland that evoked feelings of displacement; something that I will never seem to get over.
This emotion is something that I carried and carry with me for a very long time and represented in the body of paintings; ‘No Man’s Land’. I feel that it is also important to be able to recognize the natural need of a human being to find a place to belong to, a place where there is no emotion of “No Man’s Land”.
Three years later and evolved, ‘In Man’s Land’ took over. This series does not have nomadic people. My figures are yes, at times wandering but have adapted to their surrounding environment and have a less turmoil reaction to their environment. This journey of paintings has settled within me the upsets of identity, belonging and acceptance. The figures are larger and dominant. They no longer hide, or chose not to be seen front on. The figures are proud standing tall. The environment and its landscapes can be dominating but now they seem less intimidating. You can still carry with you the thought of displacement and the emotion of ‘No Man’s Land,’ but ‘In Man’s Land’ has no insecurities of contemplation and doubt, they have softened into having destination and a path to follow. ‘In Man’s Land’ stands stronger and determined to belong no matter where you may be in your life. Taking time, looking down at all I see, open your eyes to a place where we all can belong to no matter…
Parallel followed, my two worlds have met, and insist to co-exist, 2 countries, 2 homes together. The paintings softened in color, a little brighter and the figures were large and small. This was a series that lead to the concentration of portraits, a series called ‘Nothing remains the same’ a combination of landscapes, figures and the study of the head. I wanted to know what goes in someone’s mind. It was a new challenge that gave me a sense of relief and tested my technical capabilities.
Lastly my new work has brought me to; doing everything I have ever done but adding new materials such as oil sticks, oil pastel and pencil. I cannot express enough how these materials have brightened my paintings and works on paper. It’s been a self awakening experience, in a really good way.