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Ntina Anastasiadou

Sculptor - (sumi-e) painter from Greece

About me

Between East and West
Visual arts, art history and travels have given a special meaning into my life.  If I had not been involved in art I would feel  an aching emptiness in my heart.  Being born Greek I was primarily influenced by the rich ancient cultural heritage of Greece, Italian Renaissance and Impressionist artists in Europe. But my encounter with the culture of Japan, since 1980, was a shifting point in the way I understood art’s aesthetic values. Staying for long periods of time under Japanese teachers I was taught Japanese language, calligraphy, sumi-e (ink-wash painting). I was taught not to imitate nature but to seek for the true essence of the unseen, the innermost being of everything. Similarly when I was a postgraduate student in India  I was taught to voice transcendent or symbolic character of an object. Thus I situate myself and my artworks between the spirituality of the East and the rationality of the West.


1997 Thessaloniki,   Cultural Capital of Europe, Program “Red Thread”, Melissa Building.
2001 Vafopouleio Cultural Center, Thessaloniki.
2002 Museum of Musical Instruments, Piraeus Bank Group, Thessaloniki.
2004 Retrospective, Casa Bianca building. Municipal Gallery of Thessaloniki.
2006 Aoi Kaze Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
2007 Historical and Folklore Museum of Aegina island.
2008 Aoi Kaze Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
2009 Solo exhibition at the Embassy of Japan in Greece, “Greece-Japan, 110 years of friendly ties”.
2010 Gallery “AENAON” Athens.
2012 Herakleidon Museum Athens, “Mathematics and the arts of Japan”, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in Greece.
2014 India International Centre, New Delhi, India. “Greece-India, cultural crossroads”. Under the auspices the Embassy of Greece in India.
2016 January. Exhibition of her artworks in the show-windows of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE). Thessaloniki.
2016 September . Exhibition of eight folding screens entitled: “History – culture of the Greeks, Macedonia – Thrace” at the TIFF – Helexpo, at the Pavilion of the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction (Macedonia – Thrace).
2017 March. Solo show at the Gallery Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
2018 October. ” Tōki, Inspirations from the culture and heart of Japan” at the Pottery Museum of Athens. Under the auspices the Embassy of Japan in Greece, the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Hellenic-Japanese Association.
Anastasiadou has participated in many group exhibitions in Greece, Japan and India. Works of her can be found in various public and private collections in Greece, Japan, India, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.
Ntina Anastasiadou
Attika, Greece

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What was your artistic journey?

1980-1986 She graduated from the sculpture department of the School of Fine Arts of the University of Athens. ( She graduated with honors 10/10).
1989-1991 She received a scholarship from the Government of Japan (Monbusho) and attended art history classes at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Kyoto. From 1986 to 1992 she was in Japan and was  taught Japanese, calligraphy and sumi painting by historian and calligrapher Mitsuo Takaoki and Nihonga by Miki Takaoki. Her relationship with the Takaoki family – which began in 1980 and continues up to now – was particularly crucial for her career as an artist.
2012-2014 She received a scholarship from the Government of India (I.C.C.R.). She has received a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) from Rabindra Bharati University in Calcutta. She has also received a Certificate of Merit from Rabindra Bharati University for her drawing capacity.
She teaches Japanese sumi-e painting techniques at the of Greek Children’s Art Museum in Syntagma, Athens.
Every year, under the auspices the Embassy of Japan in Greece, she holds speeches about the arts and culture of Japan.

Which Region has impacted your artistic journey most and why?

The house I was born was near the Archaeological Museum in Athens. This Museum was for me “a sacred place” where I spent hours by drawing sculptures and tomb reliefs. I studied their structure and I tried to understand their compositional laws.
In Japan and India I stayed many years and I spent a long time by visiting Museums, public and private collections, galleries but monasteries as well. Thus in my works East meets West.

About my specific techniques

“Cats’ family” 2020 ink-wash painting technique (sumi-e) on handmade paper, dimensions 56X76cm

The region of Attika, Greece

Every educated person who reads about Athens, the capital of Greece, immediately thinks about ancient glories: the place where Socrates and Plato developed their philosophical and political theories. Majestic temples and ancient marble statues appear in front of the imaginary view. Many stories from the world of gods and legends are woven around t…
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