Interviews | March 11, 2021 |

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Image courtesy of Angelika Lialios-Freitag

Interview: Angelika Lialios-Freitag
Luca Curci
talks with Angelika Lialios-Freitag during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Angelika Lialios is a contemporary German artist, whose current focus is close-up flower paintings and detailed garden scenes. She likes to work with acrylic paints, which allow her to add many layers and which lend transparency to the delicate petals in her flower paintings. Her watercolour miniatures and etchings often show landscapes of the Greek islands and depict Greek sceneries. Born in Germany, Angelika studied Graphic Design at the Werkkunstschule, Wiesbaden and moved to Greece when she married her husband. Together they journeyed through India, where Moghul miniatures further inspired Angelika’s work with their bright colours and attention to detail. For 10 years Angelika lived on the island Hydra, among fellow artists such as Brice Marden, William Pownall, Marios Loizides and Marcella Maltais. She had her first exhibition in the bohemian 70s in the Loulaki Gallery, Hydra,1985. Between 2009-2017 Angelika and her family lived in England. The paintings created in the U.K. reflect the romanticism and abundance of English gardens. In 2019 Angelika returned to Greece. Her recent interests involve sculpture and artist books. She likes to explore different painting styles using a variety of materials and techniques.

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Image courtesy of Angelika Lialios-Freitag

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Angelika Lialios-Freitag
– Art is a necessity for me. It is my meditation. Art is created with imagination and skill.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
– I grew up in a rural surroundings and nature plays a big role in my paintings. My work was influenced the most by my move to the Greek island Hydra. The island has its own art school and many painters lived there during the 70s and 80s when I first arrived.

LC – What is your creative process like? How do you choose your subjects?
ALF – In most cases, I carry an idea around with me for a while. A photo that I took for inspiration, a flower, or a scene. Sometimes it takes months until I know what I want to do with it or how I want to paint it. It is very instinctive and spontaneous. A puddle reflecting a graffiti wall and a red bicycle on a rainy day in London eventually became one of my watercolour drawings.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
– The more one is painting the more one style is bound to change. One skill is bound to improve and therefore there is greater freedom.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
– I found the poster of your exhibition very inspiring and eye-catching and I am impressed with your exhibition display.

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Image courtesy of Angelika Lialios-Freitag

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
– The event was well organised, easy communication via email and quick responses.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
– It is a pleasure to cooperate with you. I hope very much to be able to join you in Venice for one of the future exhibitions.

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
– A virtual tour through the exhibition rooms might be an idea for the future.

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Image courtesy of Angelika Lialios-Freitag

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