Name: Maria Provatidou
Function: Freelancer visual artist
Born: 02-02-1978/ Thessaloniki / Greece
Languages: Greek / English
Marina Provatidou is a printmaker, painter, poet, video artist, performer.
Marina Provatidou was born in Thessaloniki 1978. She lives and works in Eindhoven the last three years. She graduated in Painting and Engraving from Athens School Fine Arts in 2008 and 2015. She continued her postgraduate studies at the University of Western Attica in Audio visual production, visual Media and Motion Graphics, Faculty of Applied Arts and Culture, 2018.
Her art-practice is multidisciplinary, considered mainly conceptual and includes contemporary printmaking expression, video-projections, in situ -installations, performance, photography and poetry. She explores and develops new knowledge between art- biography, history and personal experiences. She also explores imaginative fields.
Her work is about feminism and migration .Causes and effects of the latter often appear on her artwork, as her grandparents were forced to move from Black Sea area (Pontos) to Greece . Her aim is not only to sensitize the viewer but also to mobilize his thoughts and feelings. Her ambition is to help people through art discharge from everyday life , to offer a treatment in depression-if possible-, to work on social reflection and enabling smaller communities or groups excluded-included from society. Her projects are social commentary, memory representations, experiences, loss, injury.
Passionate with making art with an artistic approach and love and the creative dialogue between the material, imagination, health and pleasure. Featuring an eye for detail, quality, artistic perspective and innovation. Ability to create different projects with various concepts and combinations.
The skills based on a strong coupling of research and intellectual education. Develop and implement a unique educational concept. The educational model is strongly focused on the integration and exploration/research between art, digital technology, traditional methods and engaged with society.
I explore and develop new knowledge between art, history and personal experiences. There essential relationship between cultural diversities and un exploring fields which learning with working as a professional come together.
On social art and sociological practice model which presenting a prototype result.
She holds 6 solo exhibitions in Greece and many group exhibitions abroad. She has participated in international exhibitions at Museums and Art Foundations such as Van Abbe Museum, Van Abbe house, National Taiwan Museum of Printmaking, Japan Embassy in Athens, Metropolitan Museum in Tokyo, Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens, Municipality of Eindhoven.
Marina’s ongoing project is about dreams. Started in 2011 when she was collecting dreams of immigrants-refugees arriving in Greece. She has already used some of these dreams as a statement in her printmaking work.
2015-2018 Master of Science in the Arts in Video Production, Audiovisual Media and
Motion Graphics University of West Attica / Photography Department
2009-2015 Bachelor degree from the Printmaking Department of the Athens School
of Fine Arts
2003-2008 Bachelor from the Painting Department of the Athens School of Fine Arts
Van Abbe Museum/ wall space / May 2019
London Greek film festival/Art Theater/2019
International Biennial Douro Portugal /invitation/2019-2020
Japan-Greece contemporary printmaking exhibition/Japanese Embassy in Greece and
association of Printmakers / 2019
KUNSTEINDHOVEN/ Egg installation in Eindhoven / kek040 collectiva / 2019
It is allowed? / / Curate by EMPE and Panagiota Leukaditi / 2019
Van Abbe Museum/kek040 collectiva / The room of hope /2018
Generations / Miniciality of Malevizi / Creta /Curate by Dimitris Lamprou/ 2019
Xouth /Developing Differencies / Curating by Artens and Evi Peterson/2019
From the bottom of the heart /Onnasion Heart Hospital / Association of Printmaking
The Blackbox/ Adolecence/ Curating by Nikos Giavropoulos/Cacoyannis/2018
Athens digital media festival / 2018
Art Brut – Outsider Art / Melina Foundation/ Curate by EMPE and Fotis Kaggelaris
MAMA / Cinema Zefiros /Kavala/2016
International Biennial Print Exhibit Shenzhen / China 2017
In between /Town hall Eindhoven / KEK040/ The Netherlands 2017
A Certain Blue of the Sea /Ionian Parliament/ Corfu /Curate by Sozita Goudouna 2017
Be different compose together /Van Abbe House / Eindhoven/2017
International Biennial Print Exhibit/ ROC National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts /2016
New era Eaudesea» Cyprus Embassy / Athens/ Curate by Eirini Bazara /2016
Environments Fertile, Photographical Center of Thessaloniki – Mimar Sinan/2016
3rth 4th & 5th International Graphics Biennial of Szeklerland Bucharest /2015
Small Print Show SIPS El Minia University Egypt / 2016
The Affordable Art Fair New York /2013
ΜΑΜΑ / London Greek film festival /2013
Berlin Biennale themed “Political Issue” participated in website / 2012
Ungoverned Cities Gounaropoulos Museum / 2011
Roaming Images, Macedonian Museum of Modern Art 3rd Biennial of Modern
ArtThessaloniki / 2011
Dry point Bienial /Uzice Serbia/ invitation/2011
My grandmother’s wedding / Olympion Thessaloniki /projection rooms Zannas Pavlos/2009
My grandmother’s wedding / London Greek film festival/2009
Ilousionary homes/ Athens Animfest 2017 / Trianon cinema
2020 Remote graffiti in collaboration with Bibliothec Eindhoven
2019 ‘Ιf not here then where, if is not now then it’s never” Write me your
dreams/Unspoken dreams / Park Theater 2020
Department of Fine Arts and Applied Arts of the University of Western
Macedonia School of Fine Arts /2019
- 2013-3014 Operations and processes management at the Greek Ministry of Education
- Making of different materials such as metals, paper, clay, plaster, oil and acrylic on canvas, charcoal, aquarelle.
- Ability to enrich and develop projects with ideas and imagination
- Knowledge in office management and programs such as Photoshop, Premier, M,S Office, After Effects, Blender, In Design.
- Trained how to make video production and photo shootings with special lights and sounds.
03/2019 : Inspired by the theme of the Book Week (The mother, the woman), the Boekiebal is all about Madonna
Performance in Natlab2019 / During discussions presented video art about My grandmother’s wedding
Video art productions
- Cat short film fiction and book with poems /Athens/2018
- Life in monitor/ Eindhoven/2018
- Manifestations after movie/Eindhoven/2017-2018
- The clockwork kitten/ Athens/2016
- Be different-compose together/Eindhoven/2017
- The motion of addiction /Athens/2017
- Who was the woman Morel fell in love?/Athens/ 2017
- Ω γλυκή μου έαρ/Athens/2017
- The red dragon/Athens/2017
- Illusionary homes/Athens/2017
- write me your dreams first edition /Evros-Katerini/2011 /second edition/Athens/2015
- mama/ unconscious test /Evros-Katerini-Athens/ 2015
- My grandmother’s wedding /Katerini/2008
Other Professional Experience
22-03-2019 From small sculptures to 3d objects/ Presentation in Van Abbe House in collaboration with virtual artistic laboratory @postasis
01/2018 & 01/2019 : Cook for groups of people at Van Abbe House for events.
Art and Science Salon / Tasting Sensations
- 2013-3014 Operations and processes management at the Greek Ministry of Education
Sales and Marketing manager at Mayfair Thessaloniki/Telephone sales manager and trainer in best practices in Telephone sales. Achieved heist sales volume per day
- 2004-2008 Guide in Kouvoutsakis Museum in Kifisia / Athens
1978 – 1995 Tabaco farmer- producer in Katerini – Greece
- During Dutch Design Week 2018 – 2017: Production of the video for an exhibition in collaboration with Manifestations.
- 05/07/2016- 08/07/2016: Seminar instructor at the Western Attica University, printmaking methods.
- 04-2016: Seminar instructor at the Cacoyiannis Foundation / Athens/Greece
- 2009-2017 : Professor of Fine Arts at high schools in Greece, general art education, different materials and concepts.
2018 First prize in a competition entitled “Strange words” with TU University and Van abbe house
2017 The best video art / London Greek Film Festival / London
2017/2015 First Prize at Cycladic museum with Elementary Schools / Athens
2017 Award about the video art “My grandmother’s wedding” Preveza festival / Greece
2012 Honorary prize from the 12th Alexandroupolis Division for the offer a monument for the liberation
2012 Prize for the 100 years since the liberation of Thessaloniki/ War Museum and Ministry of Defense / Athens
2012 Second award about the portrait of Papadiamantis/ Metexmio editions / Athens
2011 Kefalinos prize in printmaking/ Athens
2011 Third prize in Biennial of all Universities of fine arts in Greece, National Bank cultural Foundation / Athens
2018 Phenomenon mother curater by Sozita Goudouna / Athens Gallery7
2015 Write me your dreams curated by Lida Kazantzaki / Cacoyiannis Cultural center / Athens
2015 Write me your dreams curated by Grigoris Vlassas / University of West Attica
2013 Metamorphosis / curated by Domna Gounari / Miet Thessaloniki
2012 “B” exhibition with subject: Violence/Mud/Disgust/Vrysaki/ Athens
2009 My grandmother’s wedding/ curated by Mpampis Dermatis / Alba Athens
• Small Odysseys /organizing Mary-Ann Shreurs / upcoming..
• Think (being) different, compose together Van Abbe House / in collaboration with Yu Zhang / May 2017
• Art and Lunacy (Melina Foundation, Athens, Greece – October of 2014)
Artist and poetrybook : CAT
Hobbies: Helping stray cats to find a home/ First aid / affect and comparison
Creating many cat portraits in Greece and in Eindhoven
Pontion Monument in Sfendami Pierias (Northern Greece)
Greek Expatriate Monument in Sfendami Pierias (Northern Greece)
Monument for the one hundred years from the liberation of Alexnadroupolis
Monument for the refugees in Orestiada (central square)