Halyvopoulou Efi (1959)

Born in Thessaloniki in 1959, she studied graphic design at the Vakalo School (grad. 1980) and continued with undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Pratt Institute in New York (grad. 1987). She has taught painting, printmaking, graphic design and art history on various levels at several institutions in Greece and abroad (New School for Social Research, New York 1989, Pratt Institute, New York 1994, The Burren College of Art, Ireland 2012, Deree-ACG Athens, 2008 to date).
In her early works she is heavily preoccupied with concepts like time, decay, memory and evolution, which she approaches initially through paintings and performances and later through installations and constructions. Her recent creations examine elements and aspects of Biotechnology and Genetics, which are elaborately conveyed in installations. Based on biological and genetic code maps, she creates chromatic fields which incorporate images from cyberspace and specific images from inside the human body, fusing the world of genome maps with that of information technology (Zina Athanasiadou Gallery, 2002).
In the years 2016 and 2018 she attended a residency programme with the Faculty Resource Network of New York University, and has attended more residencies in Greece and Spain. She curated the exhibition Rooms To Let of the Kodra Action Field in Thessaloniki (2005-2008) and co-curated Symbiosis-Biennale of Young Artists in Thessaloniki in 2011.
She has presented her work in solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad, and has participated in domestic and international group events, among which: Biennale of Young Artists form the Mediterranean, Thessaloniki 1986, Venice Biennale 1997, Bida Biennale, Seville 2005, Open 15-Biennale of Architecture, Venice 2012. Her works can be found in public and private collections in Greece and abroad, including Deree-American College of Greece, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, etc.