HeART Songs: Sophia Mazaraki Kalogeropoulou
Sophia Mazaraki Kalogeropoulou
("Sophia") is Greece's leading naïve artist. Sophia was born in
Athens in 1946, and has lived in Athens throughout her life. After graduating
from the University of Athens with a degree in Law and Political-Economic
Sciences, she went on to study music at the Athens Conservatory. In the early
1970s, Sophia studied vocal performance in Vienna with the opera greats, Tito
Gobbi and Hilda Gueden. She appeared in 1976-77 as a soloist in La Traviata
at the Vienna State Opera.
Eventually, Sophia chose to leave the world of
opera and life as a diva, and yet never abandoned the music world entirely. Her
paintings are alive with music, depicting the fanciful worlds she once
inhabited on stage: operatic and ballet scenes shimmering with bursting bubbles
and brilliant colors. Rather than turning her back on the world of opera, she
has fitted it into a different medium. Sophia's works are replete with
music-related themes, subtle humor, bright colors and philosophical musings,
depicting and reflecting upon life's rich-but fleeting-moments.
And now, Sophia's works are coming to Israel's
shores. Thirty new works will grace the walls of GINA Gallery of International
Naïve Art ("GINA Gallery"), in Tel Aviv's old north. GINA Gallery is
the world's only gallery specializing in International Naïve Art. GINA Gallery works with over 200 artists from
37 different countries, fully capturing the dynamic variations and complexity
that exists within the Naïve genre.
Sophia's works will highlight the new
exhibition, "HeART Songs", reflecting the theme of music in Naïve Art.
Sophia's work will be displayed in the upper gallery in conjunction with works
of tens of artists from 37 different countries that will be displayed in the
lower gallery, all with a musical connection.