Severin’s Choice: Katerina Tsitsela

”Absorbed in thought, the figures of K. Tsitsela with earthy colors and
and strong lines, churning world of displaying a subject that with
broad and impressive touches incorporated into the surrounding area.
Either inside the room or space abstract inspire both contemplation”.

(Art Critic Kyriakos Mortarakos, Professor of Fine Arts)

Katerina Tsitsela creates landscapes that express certain mental
states and psychoanalytically interpreted as “inner landscapes”,
landscapes of the human soul. The paintings reveals dark interior
landscapes in which light bundles invade, revealing to the viewer’s
eyes the forms that are plagued by the existential situation of.
The interest of the artist focuses on the pursuit of excessive and
eternal truth which lies at the end of our trip to matter. The search
is expressed in paintings through the light output, the source of
which is not revealed and is outside of the painted canvas, implying
the transcendent origin. For light by the same artist says “. Light is
one of the names given to God.”
In contrast of light, the darkness in her works does not indicate the
mere absence of light, but the autonomous and self-reactive force that
keeps the protagonists of her works in an eternal standby, immobility
and at the same time ready for the revelation that follows. The
emotional situation of the forms attested thanks to the expressionist
mood with which she uses color and commotion caused by tactile touch
and pasted mat on the canvas surface.

(The museologist Georgia Kourkounaki)

Artist Statement


I am an artist whose artistic research ranges from painting to
engraving. My work delves into human perception of landscapes
expressing specific mental situations. They are interpreted
psychoanalytically as ‘internal landscapes ‘or landscapes of the human
soul. My paintings manifest internal dark landscapes in which beams of
light invade via them. Thus, they reveal the figures besetting with
the present situation of existence through the beholder’s eyes. My
interest focuses on search of excessive truth which lies beyond our
journey to material. The colour along with the turmoil caused by the
tactile touch of the cement on the surface of the canvas witness the
emotional state in which both the figures and landscapes are. The
earthen colours and bold writing display my world showing a theme with
rough and imposing touches integrating the surroundings either as
internal or as abstract ones. My recent research regarding canvas
comes from the sustained interest in the process of natural materials
on a large scale especially for the specific position as executive act
in which the work is a relic of working, gesture and movement. I am
amazed by the ability of the cement when it is mixed with colour dust
and oil. As regards the artistic body, an abstract time measurement is
made. All in all, the body of work is a meditation close to the
brevity of human existence.



2000 – 2003
Academia di Belli Arti , Pietro Vanucci , Perugia , Italy
2006 – 2012
Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ,Greece
2012 – 2014
Master of Fine and Applied Arts Department of the School of Fine Arts
of Aristotle University
of Thessaloniki

– Women in the Arts Inc
Celebrating the Genius of Women
Art competition- Winner Artist Regognition (International)
– Saatchi Gallery
Selected artworks on screen at the 2nd floor of the Saatchi Gallery
-Chianciano International Art Award 2012 , Siena – Italy , ” The Art
of the Mind ” Special Mention Painting
– 5th Beijing International Art Biennale ( China ) 2012 , ” Future and Reality
Solo exhibitions
”Landscape – Inscape ” Vlassis Art Gallery , Thessaloniki , April 2013
” Inscape ” Kreuzberg , Berlin 2014
“Kunstsalon VillaArtista” Hanover, Germany
“ Alatza Imaret” Thessaloniki, Greece
Group exhibitions (selected)

– Pinakothek Vogiatzoglou Collection
– State Museum of Contemporary Art
– Vlassis contemporary art gallery
– Tellogleion Foundation, Thessaloniki, Greece
– Gallery Zero, Barcelona
-Byzantioum Museum, Thessaloniki ,Greece
Permanent collection, Byzantioum Myseum

-Center of Architecture , Thessaloniki
-Alatza Imaret , Thessaloniki
-Casa Bianca , Thessaloniki
-International Mail Art Exhibition
Richmond Art Gallery , New York
-XII Engraving International Biennial
” Josep De Ribera ” – XATIVA 2013
-“The Story of the Creative”
Exhibition Space, Long Island City, New York
-Aggelon Vima
Athens , Greece
-Gallery Gagliardi , London
-Lessedra Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects International Painting &
Mixes Media – Sofia , Bulgaria
-5th Beijing International Art Biennale ( China ) 2012 , ” Future and
Reality ”
-Chianciano International Art Award 2012 , Siena – Italy , ” The Art
of the Mind ”
-Museum Gounaropoulou , Athens , Greece
-11th International Biennale Of Miniature Art , Gornji Milanovac , Serbia
-National Bank Cultural Foundation , Invisible Cities , Book
illustration “ Italo Calvino”, Engraving
-Telogleio Museum , participation with engravings of Goya ,
Thessaloniki , Greece
-House of Arts , Piestany , Slovakia
-Art Institute , Siena , Italy
-Biennale 2011’ , Thessaloniki , Greece
-Museum Gounaropoulou , Athens , Greece
-Gallery Vlassis , Thessaloniki , Greece
-Gallery Greek-French Cultural Association Calendar Κolonaki , Αthens , Greece
-Printmaking Group Exhibition , Museum of Contemborary Arts Florina , Greece
-Vafopouleio Cultural Center , Family Cases ΙΙ , Thessaloniki , Greece
-House of Arts , Piestany , Slovakia
-Printmaking Group Exhibition , Museum Vaso Katraki Aitoliko , Greece


– 48th Dimitreia Workshop Thessaloniki
Laboratory of Visual – Lectures with Delfim Sardo , Howard Caygill and
Evantheia Tsantila 2014
-Venti Per Venti-IV Edition , Mostra Internazionale , Creative
Workshop Linea Darte Piazza Dante, Naples , Italy
-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art , Inspire
Discussion on the round table
Discussion on the round table of “Artaud and Contemporary Art ”,
Howard Caygill Macedonian Museum of
Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Greece, (07/10)
Discussion on the round table of “Curating and ambience”, Delfim Sardo
Macedonian Museum of
Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Greece, (14/10)

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin ( is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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