Peny Manavi

I have always been fascinated by the odd and intense color combinations one can find while studying the biodiversity and abundance of colors and shapes in nature. I have been inspired by the microcosmos of insects and plants, I focus on the detail of plants and animals or the mysterious world of sea depths. While studying the detail and focusing on my subjects I discover a whole new imaginary world.

Through painting I express my admiration to the mystery of life as well as my belief that people should consider nature as a source of joy and optimism. At the same time art is a triggering event for introspection a means of liberation of feelings that come out through the intensity of color and gesture which enables me to express rhythm and movement.

In my artwork one can find a balance between realism and abstraction. The motives and themes are recognizable but not always obvious and are viewed from a different prism through focusing. My artwork is characterized by expressionism and a series of successive registrations on the surface of my canvas where one level of ‘script’ penetrates and is internally linked with the next. I use oil paint and printing ink alternating them and forming color spots and lines which transform to a gesture, attributing movement and rhythm in my artwork as well as texture and a variety of densities. The intensity, brightness and transparency of the colors I use reflect a Fauvist approach that combines with a dynamic gesture and abstraction. The vivid colors and movement that create an energy flow which penetrates my artworks, are finally balanced in a composition of dynamic equilibrium where the aesthetic outcome reflects an optimistic and dynamic view.

Peny Manavi was born in 1968 in Sofia Bulgaria. She is Greek and lives and works in Athens. She graduated in 2004 from the Athens School of Fine Arts with Professor Y. Psychopaidis. She also has a degree in Physics from the University of Athens and an MSC degree in Radiation Physics at University College of London.

She has held eight solo shows in Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki and Syros) and Spain Madrid) and has participated in several group shows and Art Fairs in Greece, Paris, Madrid, Lausanne, Germany, New York and Toronto.

In 2013 she participated in the exhibition “Art en Capital”, Grand Palais Paris, and was nominated with the distinction “Toile d’Or de l’Année 2013” by the “Federation Nationale de la Culture Française”.

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