Ziamou Lilia

Lilia Ziamou (Greek and American) is a visual artist based in New York City. Her subject is the female body. In her work, she combines classical techniques and digital practices to manipulate fragments and create new entities that liberate the body from conventional forms and meanings. Her art practice originally grew out of her academic research on innovation, technology, and design. In her research work, she investigated the role of cognitive structures on how we process information and respond to novel visual stimuli that defy existing categories. In the same vein, her body of work points to the mind’s tendency to perceive the female body based on existing classification systems and preconceptions. Ziamou’s primary medium is sculpture. Her works evoke fragmented bodies. Her source fragments come from art history and her own body, from anatomical models, mannequins, and her earlier sculptures. To create her works, she combines digital modeling and digital fabrication with classical techniques such as carving traditional stone like marble and alabaster by hand, modeling in clay, casting in cement, draping and pattern-making. She also creates digital paintings, digital drawings and photographs by digitally combining fragments of her sculptural works. Her works invite the viewer to rethink the relationship between technology and the body. Lilia Ziamou had one-person exhibitions at Kimmel Galleries | Windows, NYU (New York, NY, 2019), the Consulate General of Greece in New York (New York, NY, 2017 and 2010), Gallery 7 (Athens, Greece, 2016), Elga Wimmer (New York, NY, 2013), Tenri Gallery (New York, NY, 2011), the John Jay College Gallery (New York, NY 2009). Ziamou was an artist in residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in 2014. Her work has been reviewed in Musée Magazine, ANTE, The Independent, Art in Print, and World Sculpture News among others. Supporters of her work include the Museum of Arts and Design, the Fulbright Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the CUNY Research Foundation, and 3D Systems. She holds a BS in economics from Aristotle University (Greece), a Ph.D. in business from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master’s from ITP/Tisch School of the Arts/New York University. She is a professor at The City University of New York (CUNY).


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