Efrossini Chaniotis is a Greek-Australian artist creating paintings, sculptures and stories inspired by magic, myth & love. Bold, intricate, vibrant, free, inspiring, joyful, accomplished... there are so many words we could use to describe Effie's gorgeous work. Here is an artist overflowing with creativity and generosity of spirit. Her vivid work speaks for itself, but the added layer of story woven into her art creates a deep-dive experience of layered symbolism and delight.
Effie said, "My paintings have bold colour, intricate pattern and layered textures to welcome the viewer in. Artworks for the ‘here and now’ as well as for the ‘child within’. That part of us that loves myths and storytelling. Influenced by Byzantine iconography, narrative traditions and folk art from diverse cultures, I depict a mystical realm where imagination and reality meet to tell stories of the human spirit.
In a world where there are enough horror stories in popular culture and contemporary art seems to be dominated by intellectual pursuits and a fascination with the macabre, I have chosen to make art that explores our connection to mystery, love and creativity. More akin to Modern Art’s love for colour and expression and to cultures that see the totemic and symbolic power of the object itself."