My recent art work consists of works on paper. I create my pieces by combining two layers of hand cut paper or by using one layer of hand cut paper combined with a second layer of acrylic painting on paper. Using pictures of my shadow as well as the idea of the web I design intricate, geometric motifs. Childhood memories of complex geometric patterns in crochets and embroideries, a common practice among the female members of my family, inform my work.
In my artwork I explore the multiple possibilities of different combinations generated by the use of a single geometric motif. Repetition, changes in shape and scale unveil abstract artworks.
Despina Zografos is a visual artist born and raised on the island of Crete, Greece. She works in a variety of mediums including video, acrylic painting and hand cut paper. Her artwork has been featured in various exhibits in Greece, The Netherlands, Scotland and most recently in New York where she currently lives and works.
One of her most recent works received 2nd place at the exhibit “Art of Layering” at NAWA Gallery in NYC. In addition Despina’s work was selected by juror Ylinka Barotto, Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, to participate at the exhibit “Wide Open 10” at BWAC Gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. Her artwork has also been selected to be featured in an "Artist Showcase" article on Artsy Shark.
Despina received a BFA in Painting from the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece, a BA in French Language and Literature from Kapodistrian University in Athens, Greece and her MSc in Art Therapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
2010 MSc in Art Therapy with distinction, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K
2005 BFA, in Fine Arts, Degree in Painting with distinction, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece.
ERASMUS student. Audio-Visual Studio, University of Fine Arts, Lisbon, Portugal.
1996 Bachelor in Greek and French Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
RENEWAL, Small works show, Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY
EARLY WINTER 2020 ARTIST SHOWCASE, Artsyshark.com,
OFF THE WALL II, The Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY
CLIO ART FAIR October 10-13, New York, NY
WIDE OPEN 10, Juror: Ylinka Barotto, Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, BWAC Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
MADE IN NY 2019, Jurors: Anne Novado and Maria Via, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY.
ART OF LAYERING, received 2nd place, NAWA gallery, NYC.
PAIRINGS, curated by Nancy Gesimondo, Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY.
SMALL WORKS Winter 2019, NAWA Gallery NYC.
TRANSFORMATION Juried exhibition, MC Gallery New York, NY (Dec 07-Dec 22)
EXHIBIT C , curated by Tessa Kennedy,Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY (Nov 16- De02
ARTBOX.PROJECT New York 1.0, Stricoff Gallery, New York, NY ( 05 March -16 March)
HOPE A Juried Exhibit, Mooney Cneter Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, NY (03 March – 21 April)
ITS ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT, juror Karen Levitov, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY (07 July – 05 August)
RELIEF, Silent Art Auction for Puerto Rico, Chinatown Soup Gallery, New York, NY ( 09 December)
PAPER WORKS Juried Art Show, Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY ( 22 June- 23 July)
ATTRACTION OF THE OPPOSITES + IFFR. Video art project with contributions of 6 international video art festivals presented in the space of Artist Initiative CUCOSA. In collaboration with the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands. (26 January- 06 February)
TRACES, An Exhibition of New Work by Graduating Art Therapists. Art’s Complex, St. Margaret’s House, Edinburgh, Scotland. (26 June-08 July).
FiIGURE-SPACE-ACTION II, Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, Technopolis- Gazi, Athens, Greece. (23 January- 20 February)
Independent Artists in Network, Mabrida Studio, Paiania, Attiki, Greece. (03 March- 30 April)
FOTOTHERAPY– Art Week, Renaissance Festival of Rethymno, Forteza, Rethymno, Crete, Greece.
Graduates of the Athens School of Fine Arts, Exhibition Hall “Nikos Kessanlis”, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece.
2nd Athens Video Art Festival, “Angelon Vima” East-West Art Centre, Athens, Greece.