Massoura Voula (1936)

Born in Chalkida in 1936, she studied graphic design and painting in Krefeld, Germany under G. Much and I. Mitschelich and in Salzburg, Austria under H. Trokes. After her studies she worked as a professional graphic designer for advertising agencies, newspapers and magazines in Athens (1959-1964). She presented her first solo exhibition, “Graphic Design and Advertising” at the Zygos Gallery in Athens in 1964, and published an essay under the same title.
She soon turned to painting and constructions using mainly natural materials, and took a keen interest in weaving. In 1978 she went to Paris and studied tapestry-making. After that the techniques and materials of weaving became integral to her work. She created large installations in space (Space-weaving), dreamlike compositions with the emphasis on colour and form while heeding the teachings of the Bauhaus. Her constructions are in the area of Textile-Art and build on her painterly quests. Plant fibres and other materials (string, cork, resin, cotton, dried leaves…) are turned into imposing geometric or biomorphic forms that combine visual and tactile values and enhance the lyrical aspect of her work. In the ’90s she expands her visual media and embarks on Banners, a series with tar paper and acrylic colours as the main materials. The ritual element and the preoccupation about man’s relation with nature dominate her latest phase as well, which includes the notions of perishing, memory and oblivion as she buries her materials (canvas, colour, wax) and leaves them to deteriorate under the soil before using them.
She has presented her work in many solo exhibitions in Greece and Cyprus, and has participated in major group shows, including Panhellenic Exhibitions (1963, 1975, 1987), the Art Academy of Salzburg (awarded; 1972), the Salon d'Automne (Paris 1975), the Biennale of Alexandria, (awarded; 1982), “Memories, Reformations, Quests” (National Gallery, 1985), “Five Greek Artists” (European Community, Brussels 1988), the Triennale of Lodz (1995), etc.