Ekaterini Koliakou is from Athens, Greece, and is based mostly in London. Her work has been exhibited and sold internationally for many years, through leading galleries and art institutions across several countries. Ekaterini sees her paintings, drawings and video work as the process of a diary. Working both figuratively, abstraction and words she gives a sense of intimacy and yet they are never confessional. In various techniques from using brushes to using her hands, the painted surface shifts between articulated brush strokes to playfully primitive impulsive mark makings. Her subjects are often naked to allow a sense of honesty and equality. Her work is sensual and cynical, provocative but gentle. Her use of strong colours and powerful themes reflects the energetic dialogues she has with her encounters. Having lived in various countries has influenced her work dramatically. Ekaterini started her studies in 1987 in Vakalo Art and Design college then continued with black & white photography at Focus Athens, Greece. She moved to London for the foundation course of Art and Design in Kingsway College until 1993 and then continued at the Fine Art Academy Aldo Galli Academy (Como) and at Academy of Fine Art Brera (Milan), until she finished her studies at the Fine Art School of Athens with a distinction.
Ekaterini’s works have been featured on various publications including Flash Art International and Artnessystem.com and exhibited widely, including: 2021 – National Institute of African Studies, London; Icon Boomer Gallery, London; Pop Up Painting, Mayfair Art Weekend, London. 2019 – Entropy, Topos Project, Gallery UDAV, Hackney, London; Whitechapel Gallery: Open Screening; Arte Padova, Art Fair, Italy. 2018 – Art Below billboard exhibition during Mayfair Art weekend, her work was presented at Hyde Park Corner tube station and was included in the celebration of the 250 year anniversary of the Royal Academy, by exhibiting at Herrik Gallery. 2018 – Outside In: Journeys at Sotheby's; Nostalgia, The Misc Art Center, Timisoara, (Romania); The One & Only Royal Mirage R Gallery, Riddle Metamorphosis, (Dubai); Bipolar Different Life Exhibition / a global festival of the Van Gogh’s Birthday funded by Bipolar Project, Turkey. 2017 – Group show at Sur le Mur Gallery - West Hollywood, Los Angeles (CA), owned by Megan Phillips. My artwork was presented on a billboard at Grand Union Station, LA.