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Isidora Rentzika (b. 1990) focuses on existential issues and universal emotions such as fear, loneliness, insecurity and the constant anxiety about deconstruction and redefinition of identity. Her influences from the Existentialists, Game Theory but, also, the observation of modern everyday life lead her to the composition of ambiguous images and short stories revolving around the concepts of irony and the absurd, with a sense of mockery. The protagonists of her paintings, as they are on the edge of marginality and decay, experience dilemma, risk, guilt and, perhaps, the transition to a new state. The artist, intentionally, disrupts conventional narration and shifts the boundary between the familiar and the uncanny in order to propose alternative realities where different views of given situations and the possibility of a plot twist prevail. She lives and works in Thessaloniki, Greece.

EDUCATION

2017  BA/MA Painting, School of Visual and Applied Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

SOLO SHOWS

2024  Paradise, dates and a punch in the face, Oratos, Thessaloniki, Greece

2022  Mataroa Awards exhibition, Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair, TIF-HELEXPO, Thessaloniki, Greece

2021  Nash Equilibrium, To Pikap - The Room, Thessaloniki, Greece

GROUP SHOWS

2021  Digital.Not_Reboot, ArtCore, Thessaloniki, Greece

           New Perspectives, Cosmopolis festival, Great Clubhouse, Kavala, Greece

           Athens Open Art, Art Number 23, Athens, Greece

           Digital.Not (A), Oratos, Thessaloniki, Greece

2020  To Pikap Community – Art in Thessaloniki 2018-2019, Municipal Art Gallery (Casa Bianca), Thessaloniki, Greece

2019  Digging Up 6+3, Refugees Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece

2018  Inspire Project 2018 Christopher Makos: Face the Strange, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

           Biennale Larnaca “Container and Content”, Municipal Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus

           Emerging Artists, Open Art Lab, TIF-HELEXPO, Thessaloniki, Greece

2017  4th Painting Studio of AUTh Group Show, Society for Macedonian Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece

2016  4th Painting Studio of AUTh Group Show, Paleontology & History Museum, Ptolemaida, Greece

WORKSHOPS, PROJECTS, INITIATIVES

2023  Pernoume thesi Project, Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece

2021  Founder member of artists collective Digital.Not

2020  Resilience Project - So Far So Close, Metropolitan Organisation of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki – MOMus

2018  Inspire Project 2018 Christopher Makos: Face the Strange, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

AWARDS

2022  Mataroa Awards (nominee), Thessaloniki, Greece

PUBLICATIONS, CATALOGUES, PRESS

Η Ισιδώρα κρύβει συναρπαστικές ιστορίες πίσω από τους τεράστιους, πολύχρωμους αλλά και σκοτεινούς πίνακές της, Exostis, 2024, interview

6th Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair, 2022, catalogue

ΑΠΟΝΟΜΗ ΒΡΑΒΕΙΩΝ ΜΑTAROA 2022, Cultural Society, 2022, article

Oι 10 νέοι καλλιτέχνες της έκθεσης MATAROA 2022 μιλούν για τον θεσμό των βραβείων, Cultural Society, 2022, article

Η δεκάδα των βραβευμένων Ελλήνων εικαστικών στην Art Thessaloniki, Liberal, 2022, article

Athens Open Art, 2021, exhibition e-catalogue

MOMus Resilience Project - So Far So Close, 2020

To Pikap Community – Art In Thessaloniki, 2019, article

Inspire Project 2018 Christopher Makos: Face the Strange, 2018, exhibition & workshop catalogue

Biennale Larnaca, 2018, exhibition catalogue

Emerging Artists, 2018, exhibition catalogue

4th Painting Studio of AUTh Group Show, 2017, exhibition catalogue

4th Painting Studio of AUTh Group Show, 2016, exhibition catalogue

COLLECTIONS

Private collections in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece

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