Greek painter and visual artist Sofia Mitsola's work marries strong colours and confident, minimalist brushwork in surreal and playful portraits and landscapes.

Education

2018 MFA Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, UK.

2015 MA Painting, School of Visual and Applied Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

2013 BA Painting, School of Visual and Applied Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Bio

Sofia Mitsola was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, where she completed her BA in Painting. She recently graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with a Master's degree in Painting and was awarded the Euan Euglow Memorial Scholarship from the Slade and the Neon Scholarship, from Neon Organisation for Culture and Development. This year she received the Coldstream Prize from the Slade School of Fine Art, The Tiffany & co X Outset Studiomaker's Prize, and the British Institution Award for Students for her participation in the 250th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

In her own words

"I explore the female nude through painting, drawing, and printmaking. I try to compose and invent my figures as fictive characters. My starting point is ancient Greek and Egyptian sculptures: their simple geometric forms are attractive to me – their almost adolescent-like bodies depict goddesses of the past. From these, I make drawings as a way of shaping my ideas, and then I move on to paintings where the figures often become life-size or larger than life."

"Sphinxes and sirens seemed a really interesting subject to me. I have started to think of my figures as being human-like creatures, goddesses that I can transform, turn into monsters and use them as a way of engaging the viewer through the act of looking." 

"Gaze has become a key point of my work; my own gaze as a female maker towards the female nude, and at the same time, the figure's gaze upon the viewer, which acts almost as a sexual invitation to participate in this flirtatious game of looking."

Take a look

Motel, a group exhibition at Slade School of Fine Art, from 1st-10th August 2018 in Studio 3

2018 250th Summer Show Royal Academy of Arts, London

Slade MA Show 2018

See more

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@sofiamitsola

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Sofia Mitsola: Sphynx, 2018 (oil and acrylic on canvas)
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Sofia Mitsola: Anabelle, 2018 (aquatint on paper)
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Sofia Mitsola: Grandiva, 2018 (oil on canvas)
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Siren (L) Serena (R), 2018 (oil and acrylic on canvas)
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Frasikleios, 2018 (oil and acrylic on canvas)

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