Archelaou Eleonora (1937)

She was born in Istanbul in 1937. She moved to Athens with her family and after briefly attending the Athens School of Fine Arts, she left for Germany (1962). She studied woodcarving and applied arts at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Her first solo exhibition was presented in 1964 at the Center for Technological Applications (KTE) in Athens.
She created her early works, the ‘sandies’ as she calls them, in Germany: They are relief plates, made of natural materials and sand, with patterns that allude to ancient civilizations. Their processing included stages of decay and corrosion, through their placement or concealment in different outdoor locations or city streets. Later, she turned to painting, creating abstract compositions with clean lines and harmonious colors, in which she incorporates precious metals (gold and/or silver). She consciously avoids figurative art in most of her paintings and sculptures. However, she has created a series of drawings with human forms – faces with grotesque features – like some sort of nightmarish mutants, reminiscent of the expressionist aesthetics of contemporary comics.
Her presence in the art world is characterized by a vein of challenge towards the current function of visual arts, the commercialization of artworks and the publicity of their creators. The painter maintains a consistent unconventional attitude, often expressed with a dosage of irony. She refrains from the exposure of public appearances and does not seek to promote her work. Her name has been connected (perhaps unfairly) with the Fluxus movement, due to the general mentality behind her art.
She was a founding member of the Centre for Visual Arts (KET, 1975). She has also illustrated books.
Her exhibition activity is very limited: Three solo shows, a joint presentation with Grigoris Semitekolo (Nees Morfes, 1974) and very few group exhibitions, mainly in Greece and Cyprus.