When life was daring me, I managed well. However, I was always on defence mode. When I did decide to dare her fearlessly, she made a step back, looked at me and showed me a talent that I never knew I have! My artistic name is Vicky Porfyri, and I am from Greece. Currently I am living in Portugal, and I am a self-taught abstract and conceptual painter. I have an MSc Degree in Civil Engineering and at the age of almost forty, I decided to leave my country behind, my family, my friends, and a career in the airport industry. And I did it all for love! Yes, there are still some people out there that believe in love, and I am one of them. So, I came to Portugal without speaking the language and without knowing anyone but him. And you know what? Everything is fine! Life continuous giving me all that I came for and something more…As soon as, I had settled in the pandemic broke out, since I had not much to do (except for learning the language), I started reading a lot of self-improvement books and suddenly, I got a crazy idea: ´´I will paint´´! I always believed that I didn´t know how, and I couldn´t paint, and nobody ever told me the opposite. But out of a sudden my mind-set changed. Literally, I woke up one day and said to everybody that ´´I can´´! I bought canvases, brushes, and paints, as a gift to myself for my 40 th birthday. And just like that, I started painting! Astonishingly, only 3 months later, my art got noticed and I started receiving invitations to exhibit my paintings in galleries all over the world. My inspiration stems from true stories and real-life events, things that have had an impact on myself or other people and are thus depicted on each of my canvases. These stories come alive, as I create and recall them, using bright and vibrant acrylic colours, inviting the viewer to take part in these wonderful and engaging tales! You may also notice, words or quotes written on some of them! Paintings are not just a beautiful decorative element. Have energy, just like the words and quotes do and that is the reason, I love to combine them!