about

Artist's Statement

 

I am Greek and I live and work in the Waitakere Ranges of Aotearoa. I am a devotee of art. A mixed-media artist with an emphasis in glass, a medium with many sensual and optical qualities. I love using glass to express myself artistically. I love the way it looks and feels and the way it reflects and distorts light. I capture passion and emotion by refracting the vibrant colours of glass, through the forms I create. Natural patterns interest me infinitely.

 

I work with organic forms that show elemental forces like wind, fire and water. Depicting movement particularly interests me while I make my glassworks. The constant movement of these elements is captured in my sculptures and enhanced by the play of light inside the glass.

                                                

My work has shifted in focus lately to bigger size works and installations that target different social issues from rape to refugees. These works also incorporate with other materials like metal, stone, wood, found objects, harakeke etc.. Size means a lot to me. The joy and satisfaction that I get from creating big works are really fulfilling.  My passion for bigger size works and installation means that I can only create a couple of big works per year, that makes them even more special plus a handful of small works.

My art constantly reflects my state of mind, my Greek heritage and my surrounding nature.

 

Solo Exhibitions and Duos

2019

Sirines, West Coast Gallery, Piha, Auckland, October

2017

Reflections, West Coast Gallery, Piha, Auckland, January-February

2013 

Chroma, Arts Post, Hamilton, Sept-Oct 

2010

Octopus's Garden, West Coast Gallery, Piha, Auckland, May 

2009

Natural Patterns, Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi Auckland July-August 

2008

One Day Glass Show, at Zeal, Henderson Auckland, December 

Exhibitions

2019

Colab, Members Show, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, Jan-Mar

Sirines, West Coast Gallery, Piha, Auckland, October

2018

NZ Sculpture On Shore, Outdoor & Indoor Exhibition, Takapuna Historic Reserve, November

Greater Auckland Art Awards and Exhibition, September

2017

Franklin Arts Festival, September

Reflections, West Coast Gallery, Piha, Auckland, January-February

2016

NZ Sculpture On Shore, Outdoor & Indoor Exhibition, Takapuna Historic Reserve, November

30th Arts and Sculpture Awards at Corbans Estate Arts Center, September

NZSAG Members Show, Morringsville Wallace Art Gallery, Nov-Dec

NZSAG Members Show,TSB Wallace Art Center, Oct-Nov

2015

The Royal Easter Show, April

2014

NZ Sculpture On Shore, Indoor Exhibition, Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, November

A Blast of Glass Exhibition, Estuary Arts Center, OREWA, September

Shape Shifter, Civic Gardens Lower Hutt, February-March

NZSAG Members Show, TSB Wallace Art Center, October 2014

2013

8Create, West Auckland, March

Chroma, Arts Post, Hamilton, Sept-Oct 

2012

NZ Sculpture On Shore, Indoor Exhibition, Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, November

Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park, Waitakaruru Arboretum October-November

Shape Shifter, Civic Gardens Lower Hutt, February-March

NZSAG Members Show, TSB Wallace Art Center, October

2011

Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park, Waitakaruru Arboretum October-November

All Glass, Kingsland, Auckland, September-October

Waitakere Home & Garden Show,The Trusts Stadium,Waitakere City,April

Arataki Visitors Center, Waitakere Ranges, October- February

Fresh, Corban Estate Art Center, October-December
24thWaitakereTrustArtAwards&LincolnGreenSculptureAwards,CorbanEstate,Nov
NZ Sculpture On Shore, Indoor Exhibition, Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, November
Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park ,Waitakaruru Arboretum October

Kings College Art Sale, Otahuhu, Auckland, November

Bursting Bubbles, Essenze, Auckland, October
The Royal Easter Show, April

The “f” word, West Coast Gallery, February

2010

Octopus's Garden, West Coast Gallery, Piha, Auckland, May 

2009

The Waitakere Trust Art Awards and Lincoln Green Sculpture Awards, November

Objective Art Awards Nathan Homestead, Manurewa, October

Luminus, Lake House Arts Center, October

Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park, Waitakaruru Arboretum October

Eye Candy, Corban Estate Art Center, October

Glass, The Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Awards September

Natural Patterns, Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi Auckland July-August 

Quintessence, Mairangi Art Center, August

Eye for Sculpture at Clevedon November

Wild, West Coast Gallery, July

10 Years Of Glass, Artstation Gallery, February

2008

One Day Glass Show, at Zeal, Henderson Auckland, December 

Eye For Sculpture, Auckland Botanic Gardens, November

Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park, Waitakaruru Arboretum October

TheWaitakereTrustArtAwards,LincolnGreenSculptureAwards&TwinStreamProjectAward,Oct

Henderson Valley Primary School Silent Auction, November

Artworks at the Hilton, August

St Andrews Church Art Exhibition, August

Marine Exhibition, The Nikau Gallery, January

2007

Objective Art Awards Nathan Homestead, Manurewa

Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Awards: Glass

The Waitakere Trust Art Awards and Lincoln Green Sculpture Awards, October

Henderson Valley Primary School Silent Auction, August

The Royal Easter Show, April

The Green Exhibition, The Nikau Gallery, February

2006

Mazda Artworks, August

The 9th Manukau Vessel and Sculpture Exhibition, November

The Waitakere Trust Art Awards and Lincoln Green Sculpture Awards, November

NZSAG Glass Auction, December

Awards

2018

2nd Sculpture prize for Fragile Nature, Greater Auckland Art Awards, September

NZ Sculpture On Shore, Outdoor & Indoor Exhibition, Takapuna Historic Reserve, November

Greater Auckland Art Awards and Exhibition, September

2016

3rd Sculpture prize for Save Me, 30th Arts and Sculpture Awards, September

NZ Sculpture On Shore, Outdoor & Indoor Exhibition, Takapuna Historic Reserve, November

30th Arts and Sculpture Awards at Corbans Estate Arts Center, September

2014

NZ Sculpture On Shore, Indoor Exhibition, Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, November

A Blast of Glass Exhibition, Estuary Arts Center, OREWA, September

Shape Shifter, Civic Gardens Lower Hutt, February-March

2012

NZ Sculpture On Shore, Indoor Exhibition, Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, November

Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park, Waitakaruru Arboretum October-November

Shape Shifter, Civic Gardens Lower Hutt, February-March

2011

Runner-Up for “Amfitriti”,Trends Sculptor Of The Year Awards,  April

Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park, Waitakaruru Arboretum October-November

2010

Judges choice for “Amfitriti” at The Royal Easter Show, April

Fresh, Corban Estate Art Center, October-December
24thWaitakereTrustArtAwards&LincolnGreenSculptureAwards,CorbanEstate,Nov
NZ Sculpture On Shore, Indoor Exhibition, Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, November
Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park ,Waitakaruru Arboretum October

2009

3rd prize for “Amfitriti” at the Objective Art Awards, Manurewa

The Waitakere Trust Art Awards and Lincoln Green Sculpture Awards, November

Objective Art Awards Nathan Homestead, Manurewa, October

Luminus, Lake House Arts Center, October

Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park, Waitakaruru Arboretum October

Eye Candy, Corban Estate Art Center, October

Glass, The Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Awards September

Quintessence, Mairangi Art Center, August

2008

Eye For Sculpture, Auckland Botanic Gardens, November

Re-Fraction at The Sculpture Park, Waitakaruru Arboretum October

TheWaitakereTrustArtAwards,LincolnGreenSculptureAwards&TwinStreamProjectAward,Oct

2007

Objective Art Awards Nathan Homestead, Manurewa

Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Awards: Glass

The Waitakere Trust Art Awards and Lincoln Green Sculpture Awards, October

2006

3rd prize for “Lahani” at the 9th Manukau Vessel and Sculpture Exhibition

1st merit award for “Pathos” at the Waitakere Trust Art Awards

The 9th Manukau Vessel and Sculpture Exhibition, November

The Waitakere Trust Art Awards and Lincoln Green Sculpture Awards, November

Events and Public Speaking

2020

“An aspect of my work” Speech CEAC January 

2019

Open Studios Waitakeres, November

2018

Open Studios Waitakeres, November 

2017

Open Studios Waitakeres, November 

2016

Open Studios Waitakeres, November 

2015

Open Studios Waitakeres, November 

2012

West Artists Open Studio Weekend, West Auckland, March 

Teaching Glass Casting

2020

Summer School at CEAC 

2019

Term 3 classes at CEAC 

Publications and Media 

2020

April to June Booklet page 10, CEAC 

Summer School Booklet front cover and page 4, CEAC

January to March Booklet page 16, CEAC 

Poster for Summer School CEAC 

Bus Advertising in West Auckland Route for CEAC

2019

July to September Booklet page 12, CEAC

April to June Booklet page 10, CEAC

“Amfitriti” was featured at the back of a West Auckland Bus for Summer School CEAC

Poster for “Sirines” Exhibition, West Coast Gallery October

2018

Interview for Voices, by Sara Vui-Talitu, RadioNZ, November, 

https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018670567

https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/voices/audio/2018670567/greek-squiggles-benefit-victims-of-violence

Channel magazine, Issue 93, page 79, November 

NZ Sculpture OnShore, Video, https://vimeo.com/288264390 by NZSoS 2018

NZ Sculpture OnShore, Interview, September 

Introducing NZSoS Artist Chats, interview, The Big Idea, July

Introducing Sofia Athineou, Video, https://vimeo.com/282254919 by NZSoS 

What does NZSoS mean to you, Video, https://vimeo.com/273242691 by NZSoS

Greater Auckland Art Awards Finalists booklet, September

2017

Artists Interviews, Open Studios Waitakere, November 

Reflections, West Coast Gallery, Poster, January-February

2016

Stuff.co.nz, video, NZSAG Members Exhibition, 22.11

Open Studuios Waitakere, catalogue, Nov 

2015

Western Leader Newspaper,Article & Photo Cover page, 12.11

Open Studuios Waitakere, catalogue, Nov

Interview, Stuff.co.nz, November 

2014

TV Neighbourhood Series 3 Episode: Oratia, September 

Shape Shifter Catalogue, February 

2012

Titirangi Tatler Newspaper, May 

Vibrant Hutt, February

Shape Shifter Catalogue, February 

West Artists Open Studio Weekend, programe and poster

2011

Kia Ora, Air New Zealand Inflight Magazine, November 

TV one, Breakfast Show, Real NZ festival, Glass Art in Hamilton, 04 October 

Piaco Post, art section, 29 July 

2010

Manukau Festival Of Arts, pablication October 

New Zealand Glass Art, book ISBN 978-1-86953-783-8, page 33, October 

Objective Art Awards, Official entry form, poster and TV ad 

Waitakaruru Sculpture Park, Re-Fraction,  TV add

2009

TV one, Breakfast Show, Tamati at Manukau Festival of Arts, 19 October 

Objective Art Awards, Catalog, October 

The New Zealand Herald, back page, Wednesday, October 21, 

Artzone, No 31 September November 

Manukau Matters, Issue 78, 8 November 

Artlink, Waitakere City Arts Newsletter, October November 

Artlink, Waitakere City Arts Newsletter, August September 

Glass, The Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Awards September , poster

Artlink, Waitakere City Arts Newsletter, June July 

10 Years of Glass, poster, February 

Artlink, Waitakere City Arts Newsletter, December January 

2008

Eye For Sculpture, catalog, November 

Hamilton Community Arts Council, Issue 23, October

Piako Post, 8th of October, page 31, interview

Hamilton Press, 1st of October, page 17, interview

2007

Glass The Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Awards, poster

Arts in the city, Manukau City Council, term 3 & 4, front cover

NZSAG Glass News, Issue 5, autumn 

NZSAG Glass News, Issue 4, summer, interview

2006

NZSAG Glass News, Issue 3, spring

Reviews/Testimonials

05 August 2011

 

I have been involved with many artists from the early days of exhibitions at the PumpHouse, Sculpture OnShore (developed from exhibitions in our Takapuna garden) and Lake House Arts.   I first encountered Sofia at Lake House and was impressed with her variety of skills and ideas.  I purchased her large hanging multilevel glass sculpture in 2009 to compliment the collection we already have in our garden.  She and her husband installed the work she returns regularly to care for it. Since then I have been admiring her work at other venues.

Genevieve Becroft QSM

Teaching Reviews/Testimonials

 

Sofia, what a great course! I have loved learning all about glass. You have made each class fun, full of passion and enjoyable!

Brooke January 2020

 

Sofia you are an absolute delight! Such fun and so caring of all your students! You have a brilliant teaching style. Thank you for all your help.

Love Sue, January 2020

 

Wonderful class. Thank you Sofia.

Natalie, January 2020

 

Dear Sofia, thank you so much for all your teaching. This was a very full-on course with lots of information. I learned a great deal and really enjoyed it.

Alet, January 2020

 

Wonderful Sofia, I always liked you and your amazing work, but now I love and adore you.

With great appreciation, Uli, January 2020

 

Many thanks for a wonderful week of wax experimenting.

Caroline, January 2020

 

Thank you for all your advice.

Chris, January 2020

 

Dear Sofia, it has been a wonderful week. Thank you so much for your patience and I hope our paths cross again.

Love from Isabel January 2020

 

Thank you for this opportunity - I had never done anything like it. Wow. I enjoyed every day. Sophia is an enthusiastic artist. Recommend this course to anyone.

Ruth, January 2020

 

A jam-packed course delivered by an engaging tutor who is a professional cast glass artist. The programme ensures that your creativity is stimulated and that you come away with a sense of achievement and a new appreciation for the in-depth techniques of glass casting. Will be looking to continue my learning in this new medium #notforthefainthearted!

Katie, September 2019

 

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