Daskopoulou Celia (1936 - 2006)

She was born in 1936 in Thessaloniki. She grew up in Kilkis and moved to Athens with her family in 1945. She was a painting student of Panos Sarafianos and then studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts on a greek state scholarship (I.K.Y.), under Yannis Moralis. She graduated with distinction in 1960. She also studied at independent art academies in Paris, where she lived from 1967 to 1970.
In her first solo exhibition (Nees Morfes gallery, 1962) her subjects were landscapes, exteriors of houses mostly, with extremely vivid colours in expressionist style. This painting period covers almost the entire ‘60s.
When she returned to Greece from Paris in 1970, her painting had shifted dramatically; it had become anthropocentric with an emphasis on female figures, which are presented as portraits, reflecting either their conventional social roles or their emotional state. The image is schematized and the facial expressions are overstated, in a deliberately ‘crude’ and mask-like anti-naturalistic style. The often ironic titles of her works (The baby girl, The shy woman looking down, etc.) reinforce the poignant critical voice of this painting, which was presented under the characteristic title, After the year of the woman (Nees Morfes gallery, 1978). By the end of her life (Athens, 2006) she had created over 100 such portraits.
Her career progressed at a low profile. She did not present many solo exhibitions and participated only in selected group ones. In 1966, she won the 2nd place in the Young Artists Contest of the Hellenic American Union. Public and critics appreciated her work, establishing her, as one of the most authentic female presences of greek painting.
In 2000, a retrospective exhibition of her work was presented at the gallery Nees Morfes in Athens.