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Gizeli Kleio

Kleio Gizeli (born in Athens 1978) graduated from Athens University of Fine Arts, completing the workshops of Painting, Scenography and Photography (1997-2002). She did Erasmus Programme at Fine Arts in Université Paris 8, France and completed a Master Degree in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London (2005). Since early on in her practice, her work has been based on forms of fragmental narrative, ordinary snapshots and imaginary characters that linger in between the familiar and the eerie. In her meticulously crafted dioramas and small scale installations, constructed worlds come together as a staged scene, often with the use of a media variety, such as microsculpture, sound, animation, light and motion. Throughout the years, there has been an increase of attention to the craft and minute detail within her work, while cinema, painting and photography are some of the most prominent influences and aesthetic loans. She hasexhibited work internationally in Europe and the States, including Art Fairs (London and London Art Fair, Glasgow, Kunst Zurich, Art Chicago, New York, Los Angeles) and has been represented by Flowers Gallery in New York and in London (2005-2017), where she had two solo shows, “Small Acts” 2007 and “Subtly Into The Night” 2011 (Flowers/Cork Street). Other exhibitions include “Kinetoscopes”, solo show at the Greek Museum of Cinema, and animation screenings at the 21st Athens Film Festival, “Secret”/ honorary artist, curated by Or. Andreadakis, the Biennial Young Mediterranean Artists (2003), Piraeus Municipal gallery (2004), Zoumboulaki Gallery (2014 and 2019), Ionios Parliament Corfu (2017), Back to Athens (2018), Unknown Destinations Chapter ΙΙ – Shell, Politics of Beeing (2018) and plus9 curated by K. Prapoglou and the Small Is Beautiful online exhibition, Flowers Gallery London (2020). Has also worked as a set designer in  theatre and films and a storyboard-artist (The little one in the dark forest, directed by P.Dendakis, KET 2020, Martinegkou, directed by K. Evaggelakou, Theater of Art 2014, The Woman from the Past, directed by El. Karakouli, Poreia Theatre 2015, Movements for Nothing, stage design/ video / directing Kleio Gizeli, Epi Kolono Theatre 2013, storyboard design for Charitona’s Choir, directed by Gr. Karandinakis 2005). Her work is part of public and private collections in Greece and abroad. Lives and works in Athens / London.

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