Artist: Despo Magoni
Despo Magoni is a pronounced artist who, for the past thirty years, has been exploring her artistic concerns through a variety of themes and media. Her exhibitions, awards, radio interviews and television appearances have made her an established figure in the international art world. Since 1968 Magoni has been living and working in New York. She received an MFA in painting as well as a diploma in fresco and icon painting from the Polytechnic School of Fine Arts of Athens in 1967.
Preoccupied with the human condition, Magoni has explored in her paintings, books, and works on paper, social issues and to a larger degree women’s issues inspired by myth, history and current events. Themes of growth, mortality and the process of grieving are also expressed in her work. Recently, Magoni has been working in manner progressively more abstract and has related this new visual language to the themes of Labyrinth and the Cosmos.
Her work has been exhibited, among other places, at the Alternative Museum, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College, Kouros Gallery and Andre Zarre Gallery, NYC; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee; Islip Art Museum, Oakdale, NY; Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL; The Museum of Modern Art, Guadalajara, Mexico; and Ora Gallery and Nees Morfes Gallery, in Athens.
Magoni’s works are included in the collections of Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, Guadalajara, Mexico; The Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Macedonia, Thessaloniki; and Vero Beach Art Center, Florida.