Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

Ioanna Kythreotou was born in Larnaca in 1984. She studied in the UK and returned to Cyprus with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the University of Sunderland and a Masters degree in Painting from the University of Wolverhampton. She lives in Larnaca where she works as an art teacher at the American Academy Larnaca. She has presented her work in various exhibitions in Cyprus, New York and Dubai.

September 2005

  • Ma (Hons) Art and Design (Painting),University of Wolverhampton , Wolverhampton, UK

June 2004

  • Ba (Hons) Fine Art, University of Sunderland , Sunderland, UK

 

Solo Exhibitions:

May 2022

  • “SUITCASES”, The O Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus

 

May 2021

  • “SUPERBLOOM“ (Solo exhibition), Alpha C.K. Art Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

February 2016    

  • “Tales of dystopian grandeur“, Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

Group Exhibitions:

December 2022

  • “Winter Group Exhibition”, The O Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus

 

October 2018

  • “The Lefkosia Art Show”, Alpha CK Gallery,  Nicosia, Cyprus
  • “Larnaca Biennale”, Myth Factory – Larnaca Biennale, Larnaca, Cyprus

 

June 2017

  • “Sender – Recipient”, Consulate General of Cyprus,  NY, Manhattan, USA

 

April 2017

  • “World Art Dubai 2017″ , World Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

 

May 2016

  • “Ancient Kition and the Modern World of Larnaca”, Visitors Centre of the Archaeological Site of Kition, Larnaca, Cyprus

 

November 2014

  • “EKATE (50 Year Anniversary)”, Famagusta Gate, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

May 2014

  • “Change and Exchange”, Omicron Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

 

October 2013

  • “Not a day without a line“ Exhibition, Larnaca Municipal Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus

 

November 2012

  • “Witnesses 2“ Exhibition, Peter’s Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus

 

June 2012

  • “Project Art: Larnaca – Europe 2012 “ Exhibition, Larnaca Municipal Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus

 

February 2012

  • “Witnesses “ Exhibition, Kypriaki Gonia Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus

 

March 2008

  • Ready Images Exhibition, Heliotropion Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREFACE

As contemporary lifestyle revolves around a visually saturated environment, the viewer is usually transformed into a pawn, drawn within the ‘battle’ of visual indulgence. The intricate paintings of Ioanna Kythreotou subvert the power dynamic between audience and image, by repurposing current aspects of visual culture, to create painterly narratives that can transfer the viewer into an idealistic world. In contrast with the ephemeral nature of visual culture to- day, viewers in this context possess the space and time to reflect upon the imagery in Kythreotou’s paintings, which partly appears drawn from travel agencies’ advertisements, offering an escape to magical destinations around the world.
By combining natural and architectural elements, and excluding human presence in both instances, the artist creates distant locations, that appear as serene scenes of escape. As geometry and uniformity intertwine with abstraction, through the intricate layers of the painting, one starts to interrogate the subsistence of these sceneries. Kythreotou’s paintings tempt the viewer to- wards a visual narrative which promises an alternative reality, away from the chaotic scenery of the everyday, through a carefully constructed aesthetic quality that appears to be consuming the viewer’s attention. As the audience begins to get carried away within this indulgence, the panels of vivid and soft colours disrupting the image appear to be giving something away, leaving the audience to answer the critical question: are these places real or just a con- struct of imagination, rooted in the longing for escape?

Despina Petridou Artist/Curator

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ARTIST EXHIBITION DATES

06 27 May 22
The Gallery
Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

I Want a House by the Sea II

Mixed media on canvas

98 x 98 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

I Want a House by the Sea I

Mixed media on canvas

98 x 98 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

I Want a House with a Pool II

Mixed media on canvas

98 x 98 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

I Want a House with a Pool I

Mixed media on canvas

98 x 98 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

The Forever Lake

Mixed media on canvas

57 x 80 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

Sanding on the Edge

Mixed media on canvas

114 x 173 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

On Permanent Vacation

Mixed media on canvas

150 x 123 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

We’ve got the View I

Mixed media on canvas

59 x 59 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

We’ve got the View II

Mixed media on canvas

59 x 59 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

A Suitcase Full of Superbloom

Mixed media on canvas

113 x 187 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

The Tower II

Mixed media on canvas

59 x 59 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

The Tower I

Mixed media on canvas

59 x 59 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

Just Like Home I

Mixed media on canvas

43 x 43 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

Just Like Home II

Mixed media on canvas

43 x 43 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

Just Like Home III

Mixed media on canvas

43 x 43 cm

2022

Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

Just Like Home IV

Mixed media on canvas

43 x 43 cm

2021

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    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    I Want a House by the Sea II

    Mixed media on canvas

    98 x 98 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    I Want a House by the Sea I

    Mixed media on canvas

    98 x 98 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    I Want a House with a Pool II

    Mixed media on canvas

    98 x 98 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    I Want a House with a Pool I

    Mixed media on canvas

    98 x 98 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    The Forever Lake

    Mixed media on canvas

    57 x 80 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    Sanding on the Edge

    Mixed media on canvas

    114 x 173 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    On Permanent Vacation

    Mixed media on canvas

    150 x 123 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    We’ve got the View I

    Mixed media on canvas

    59 x 59 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    We’ve got the View II

    Mixed media on canvas

    59 x 59 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    A Suitcase Full of Superbloom

    Mixed media on canvas

    113 x 187 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    The Tower II

    Mixed media on canvas

    59 x 59 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    The Tower I

    Mixed media on canvas

    59 x 59 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    Just Like Home I

    Mixed media on canvas

    43 x 43 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    Just Like Home II

    Mixed media on canvas

    43 x 43 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    Just Like Home III

    Mixed media on canvas

    43 x 43 cm

    2022

    Ioanna Kythreotou | Suitcases

    Just Like Home IV

    Mixed media on canvas

    43 x 43 cm

    2021