Lydia Venieri, born in Athens, is a multi-media artist whose work ranges from sculpture to installations incorporating painting, photography, video, the Internet and even the iPhone. Her work is inspired by everyday mythology and symbolism and is presented in units with titles such as Platonic Big Bang, Telluric Manifesto, Anima Mundis, Planet Exodus, The Last Conflict.
“I create universes and landscapes where I project stories, conspiracy theories related to the media and mythological legends.”
In 2000 she was awarded the Academie Francaise Medal for Sculpture. She studied at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide including the George Pompidou Center, Manifesta Rotterdam, Circulo de Bellas Artes Madrid, Gallery Asbaek Copenhagen, Cultural Centre of Stockholm, National Gallery of Greece, Athens Olympics 2004, Ancien Musee Archeologique Municipalite de Thessalonique, Centre for Contemporary Art in Dordrecht Netherlands, New York Public Library, and Art in General. Since 1997 Venieri has been based in New York where she has created her trilogy: Hibernation, Forever After and The Dolphin Conspiracy a sculpture installation and video series. Her photo series, War Games and See No Evil have toured in the US, Europe, and Asia. Venieri is often commissioned to create set designs for theaters in the US and Europe. She is represented by Stux Gallery in New York and Gallery Terra Tokyo, Gallery Vanessa Quang in Paris, and Gallery Isabel Aninat in South America. In 2013 Venieri created the Mykonos Biennale that has exhibited the works of over two hundred artists and one and fifty movies on the islands of Mykonos and Delos. For the last ten years, Venieri has been working on two projects possessed by the spirit, the life, and the works of Lord Byron: The Byron Codex and The Byronic Series.