Beyond her fascination with the theatre and psychodrama, the artist credits her inspiration to Carl Jung’s theory of archetypes and the avant-guarde collage work of Hannah Höch and John Stezaker.
In her work she deconstructs familiar everyday faces, to shed light into the sinews of their being. She strives to merge fantasy and reality in each composition, to blaze parallel paths to the viewer's perception and the subject's deciphered sensibility. The resulting images display new faces that come to life and lead us to the dreamland of human emotions.
The marriage of character traits with lively colours into at times surreal configurations imputes to each character its historic particularity. The portraits come to life inscribing within us commingled, abstract and transcended, yet also familiar perceptions that morph into two-dimensional signs. …Read More
Annette Luycx Papadantonaki was born in the Netherlands and has been living in Greece since 1985. She completed her undergraduate studies in sociology and a master’s degree in women’s studies at the University of Amsterdam; later on she also earned a graduate diploma in cultural management and policy studies at the University of Paris (Dauphine).
Alongside her formal studies, she worked in the theatre in France (théâtre de la rue) and the Netherlands (psychodrama). She began her apprenticeship in the visual arts with ceramics, which she studied in Utrecht, Aix-en-Provence, and Boston.
In Greece, after an initial stint in research and other professional positions at a number of public agencies and NGOs, she taught ceramics for several years at St. Catherine’s British Embassy School.
Since 1990, she has concentrated her creative work on collage. She attended lessons on collage and mixed media in Athens College and at the University of La Verne in Athens, followed by work under the Chinese artist Yi Chen at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts of Salzburg. Additionally, she has taken art lessons at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Athens, at the Edinburgh College of Art and under the Austrian painter Xenia Hausner in Salzburg.
Ms. Luycx Papadantonaki has presented her work in group exhibitions in Athens (1995, 2000, 2008) and Salzburg (2008). For the past four years she has been teaching collage to adults—currently at the Theoharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music in Athens, Greece.
Currently, Annette is attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in order to complete her Masters of Art in Art Education.…Read More