Sofia Fotiadou

#2
Oil on Canvas
38x38inches
2014
#24
Oil on Canvas
94.5x63 inches
2017
#31
Oil on Canvas
20x24inches
2017
#32
Oil on Canvas
20x24inches
2017
#23
Oil on Canvas
79x54inches
2017

Sophia Fotiadou was born in Volos. She graduated from the Higher Industrial School of Thessaloniki and from the University of Prehistoric Studies in Thessaloniki.Several people have written about her work such as: Dimitris Deligiannis (Professor of History at the University of Thessaly), Fay Tzanetoulakou (Historian of Art), Athina Schina (Critic and Historic Art at the Philosophical School of the University of Athens) Kleri Papapavlou (Dr.of Berkley University and an Art Historian) Gianluigi Guarneri Art Critic (PHD Architecture Engineering Environment Presso Polytechnico di Milano ). Fotiadou is a member of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts.

For me, painting is a symbolic language, a distillation of experiences, emotions and spiritual processes transferred to the canvas; paintings often becomes the inner need of of my soul, implemented in an image, without words, expressing my thoughts, desires, and dreams.

I am greatly influenced by fashion, which I use to portray situations and experiences, thoughts that have to do with today. The garment is a mantle of armor that surrounds the body which implies a role as well, as a character. Contradictions often arise, as in the case of the animals, where they meet the fashionable figure that initially magnetizes the look with elegance and romance, but it expresses ferocity. It can also be a witness to strength, role and attitude. The absence of a face is a kind of mask: a mask that hides the real person, weaknesses or lack of emotions.

The often white canvas, in the background, tells of social isolation and lack of communication as a lifestyle. One universal link I find is  fashion, as I believe it is the art we wear. Fashion is also linked to a country’s culture, economy and psychology – making a magical world of aesthetics, and the ability to momentarily escape.