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Life and Work

Lia Kazakou © Georg Moritz

Greek artist Lia Kazakou’s (born 1980) painting focuses on details of the human body, more precisely on the necklines of clothes and their materiality. Through this Lia Kazakou wishes to express personality. In her work she demonstrates the power of fashion as a force of personal expression. The works are inspired by unconventional moments and testify to a high degree of precision.

The source of inspiration is Lia Kazakou’s mother, who worked as a tailor. The artist describes how she was fascinated by the skill with which her mother created female bodies out of fabrics. She aims to capture this magic in her painting.

Kazakou’s oil paintings focus on the materiality of precious fabrics: the finest details of the embroidery, silk, brocade, and lace of—in some cases historical—garments are reproduced with a meticulousness that give the impression you could feel with your eyes. The detail shown is selected in a fascinating way, showing only fragments of the human body, of the wearer of these elaborate clothes, never the whole body and rarely faces. They are snippets, such as the back of a head or even just a woman’s neck, which additionally add a seductive note that is underlined by the delicate textures.

The background and the fabrics’ folds are mostly captured in dark, shadowy colors so that a nostalgic impression is also conveyed, as if these were oil paintings from a historical period, but without having the character of a representative image.

Biography

1980 born in Thessaloniki, GR
1999 – 2004 studies at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR
lives and works in Thessaloniki, GR

Works (Selection)

Lia Kazakou, Leather, 2019
Lia Kazakou, Leather, 2019
Lia Kazakou, Gold Dress, 2019
Lia Kazakou, Gold Dress, 2019
Lia Kazakou, Second Skin, 2019
Lia Kazakou, Second Skin, 2019
Lia Kazakou, White Straps, 2019
Lia Kazakou, White Straps, 2019
Lia Kazakou, Pink Waist, 2019
Lia Kazakou, The Button, 2019
Lia Kazakou, Long Arm, 2018
Lia Kazakou, untitled, 2017
Lia Kazakou, untitled, 2016
Lia Kazakou, untitled, 2017
Lia Kazakou, Red Stripes, 2018
Lia Kazakou, untitled, 2016-17, © Beck & Eggeling
Lia Kazakou, untitled, 2016-17, © Lia Kazakou
Lia Kazakou, Untitled, 2016

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2016 Donopoulos Fine Arts Gallery, Thessaloniki, GR
2011 The subversion of memory, Donopoulos Fine Arts Gallery, Thessaloniki, GR

Group exhibitions (selection)

2018 Strange Beauty, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Vienna, AT
2017 Strange Beauty, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2014 Art Athina 2013, Donopoulos Fine Arts Gallery, Athens, GR
2013 Accrochage I_Figuration, Donopoulos Fine Arts Gallery, Thessaloniki, GR
The human face, Art Athina 2013 – Donopoulos Fine Arts Gallery, Athens, GR
2009 Summer Show, Donopoulos Fine Arts Gallery, Thessaloniki, GR
2008 works from the Aris Stoidis collection, Artforum Gallery Vilka, Thessaloniki, GR
ArtMart 2, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, AT
2007 Cheapart 13, Athens, GR
ArtMart, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, AT
2006 Fresco and Salty 2, Mylos Gallery, Thessaloniki, GR
2005 Graduierten Ausstellung, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, GR
Action field Kodra 2005 (AFK), Thessaloniki, GR
Young visual artists, Teloglion Foundation of Art, Thessaloniki, GR
2004 3. Young Artists’ Biennale, Iraklio, GR
Special Olympics’ Group Exhibition, War Museum of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, GR

EXHIBITIONS AT BECK & EGGELING (SELECTION)

Publications

STRANGE BEAUTY

STRANGE BEAUTY

  • Artists: Rania Akl, Gerhard Altenbourg, Nikos Aslanidis, Roger Ballen, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bertozzi & Casoni, Herbert Beck, Louise Bourgeois, Joachim Brohm, Jewgeni Chaldej, Lucien Clergue, Gehard Demetz, Lorenza Diaz, Joachim Elzmann, Katsura Funakoshi, Marianna Gartner, Wolf Hamm, Aspassio Haronitaki, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Hoehme, Leiko Ikemura, Monica Ursina Jäger, Lia Kazakou, Julia Kissina, Jürgen Klauke, Susanne Kühn, Daecheon Lee, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Robert Longo, Robert Lucander, Xavier Mascaró, Richard Mosse, Hartmut Neumann, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Chris Reinecke, Katharina Schilling, Norbert Schwontkowski, Valentina Seidel, Norbert Tadeusz, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Miriam Vlaming, Stefan à Wengen, Robert Wilson, Thomas Wrede
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Charles Baudelaire, Kirsten Nordahl
  • English, German
    Softcover, 24 x 20 cm
    128 pages, 115 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2017
    ISBN 978-3-94606312-4
  • 20,00 €
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