Litti Aphrodite (1953)

Born in Athens in 1953, she studied sculpture (1972-1978), mosaic (1976-1978) and fresco (1978-1980) at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Yannis Pappas, Costas Kolefas and Constantinos Xynopoulos, and took classes at Milan’s Universita degli Studi (1978) on an Italian state scholarship. She continued with postgraduate studies at the University of London (1983-1986) on a Greek state scholarship. She presented her first solo exhibition of sculpture at the Mylos Gallery of Thessaloniki in 1994.
From the outset the main source of her inspirations was nature. Tree branches, leaves and fruits, animals, birds and insects are transformed into dreamlike images that create a poetic atmosphere, sometimes with symbolic nuances and sometimes as a commentary on reality. The environment sets her off on personal visual wanderings, with the organic forms being transformed into aesthetic propositions which, despite their simplified forms, continue to allude unmistakably to the realm of nature. She employs a variety of materials like metal, mirror, stone, clay, mortar, mosaic and Plexiglas, and later introduces technological elements, mainly neon light. The often strong colours in her work echo the paradoxical hues one finds in nature.
She has had many solo exhibitions and participated in group presentations in Greece and abroad. Indicatively, she took part in the Panhellenic Art Exhibition of 1987, the 1991 Biennale of Alexandria, the International Sculpture Colloquium of Thasos (1992), in “Pandora’s Box” at Basel’s Antiken Museum (1996), the Salon de Montrouge (Paris 1997), the Art Athina of 1995 and 2008, etc. She has also worked as a sculptor for the National Archaeological Museum (1979). In 1999 she was appointed to the Athens School of Fine Arts, where she teaches sculpture to this day.
Her works can be found in the collection of the National Gallery, the Contemporary Art Museums of Rethymnon and Florina, the Frissiras Museum, the Kalamata Gallery, the Athens Hilton, Intercontinental and Porto Carras hotels, in many public places (Pikioni Square, Filothei; Greek Square, Odessa; Venizelou Square, Psyhiko; Lindos, Rhodes, etc.) and in other private and public collections in Greece and abroad.