Maro Michalakakos was born in Athens (1967), where she lives and works. She studied Fine Arts in France (Ecole Nationale Supeireure d’Arts Plastiques Paris-Cergy) and Germany (Hohschule fur Bildende Kunst, Braunschweig) and her work has been widely exhibited in Europe, Turkey and the USA. In 2006 she was nominated for the Castellon County Painting Prize in Valencia, Madrid.
She works with figures and themes that are always in a state of tension: men and women; the protective domestic interior and painful intimacy; love and submission; the bond and the shackle. She uses the principles of figurative allusion woven in family memories, cultural references and erotic images: no description, no frontal statement, and even less so slogans. Her artistic universe is on the edge of dreams, with an apparent calm intentionally positioned midway between reality and imagination.
Maro Michalakakos’s works have been purchased by FNAC (Fonds Nationale d’art Contemporain, France) as well as by various private collectors and Institutions such as the Instabul Modern.
Selected Shows: Flying Over the Abyss, Neon: Athens Conservatoire (GR, 2016); Till it’s gone, an exhibition on Nature and Sustainability, Istanbul Modern (TR, 2016), Matières à Rêver, Château des Adhémar, Montélimar (FR, 2016), Motopoétique, MAC-Lyon (FR, 2014), Heart of Darkness, Neon: The Athens Festival (GR, 2012), The King, Analix Forever (CH, 2012), I Would Prefer Not To, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center (GR, 2012), Monuments et Animaux, Château de Pierrefonds (FR, 2012), Parallel Universe, 511 Gallery (USA, 2010).