• Ioanna Paraskeva

    Sculpted Figures

“For me, creating is a “seductive” urge. It is a trip and challenge of mind to convey the feminine essence and mystery throughout different eras to today, while a problem-solving engagement to form this spirit to a sculpted figure using opposing materials”
Ioanna Paraskeva is a professional in the business administration field, active and at the same time a restless personality, with an inherent call to Art.
She is a Quality Auditor and she has over 26 years experience in business management. Her profession offered her the opportunity to travel around the world and acquire many diverse experiences, images and influences, something that reflects in her creations.
Her relation with art is innate. At younger age she dealt with painting with acrylics and oil, copper engraving and painting on glass.
Sculpting was an area that always attracted her interest. In her research and her need to express new possibilities she dares combining techniques and materials, sometimes even quite opposite to each other.
At her works we meet strong building mediums like stainless steel, concrete and aggregates combined with delicate ones like clay, paper and silk. We meet contemporary metallic paints, gold leaf and wax combined with primitive techniques of earth pigments and egg-tempera coming from Medieval era.
Her sculptures are easily recognizable as they are characterized by the intense movement, plasticity and sensational, while gentle, approach of the feminine figure, wandering the mind into something ethereal and mysterious.
Each creation is original and unique, as she first creates the main body and then uses carving technique to sculpt the details. She never uses molds, nor produces molds out of them. Sculptures are signed (carved) and are accompanied by a certificate which guarantees their uniqueness.
Her feminine figures were first launched to the wider audience at Evripides Art Gallery in Athens during December 2018 with the installation of “Guilty Secret”, while her previous works have been published to the United States and presented to Russia, where she has given also master classes, followed by excellent reviews.

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