About Demetra Tassiou
Born and raised in Greece, Demetra received a Bachelor Arts Degree at University of Athens. During her studies in Greece, she learned creative expression and artistic exploration from a professor who focused his curriculum on the principles that encompass Greek culture and art history. During her Masters in print making at University of Pennsylvania, Demetra's Japanese professor trained her on the minimalistic and acute techniques used in Japanese art. Both professors, with drastically different disciplines and cultures, have impacted her development as an artist and influenced the content of her work. The themes of Demetra's artwork are her own imaginative reconnections with nature, sea, and the colorful environments that she has yearned for after moving to large urban American cities from the Mediterranean landscapes.
During Demetra's studies, she received several awards and scholarships from UPENN and University of Athens as recognition of the creativity of her artwork. Throughout her professional career, she has actively exhibited at group and solo shows at a variety of locations including academic institutions, private collections, galleries, and museums: UPENN’s Meyerson Hall, Rosemont College, Rowan College, Temple University, “Philagrafika” Selective Group Show, Crane Arts Building, Municipal Art Museum of Thessaloniki (Greece), and the Consulate General of Cyprus in New York. In addition to Demetra's professional activity, she has contributed her artwork to charity and fundraising organizations such as the American Heart Association, where she designed the program collateral for the Annual Heart Ball. Demetra's artwork has been featured in CityPaper of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
As a painter and printmaker, I start my pieces by collecting my thoughts and inspirations. I experiment on canvas by assembling etched-papers and collagraphs as collages. During this process, a dialogue develops between two different methods (acrylic / oil painting and print-making) which will eventually show complex multi-level artwork as an artist’s single brush stroke. My wood panel canvases and installations are usually large and layered. Pieces can be viewed as exploding or imploding, erupting or collapsing.
I feel accomplished as an artist when my art has enabled the viewers to visually immerse themselves within the graphical worlds and objects of my work. I would like viewers to create their own imaginative escape to enter a “journey into the landscapes of one artist’s mind”, as Philadelphia Inquirer’s art critic has described.