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Marianna Ignataki

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Birth year

Lives in
Beijing, China

Works in
Beijing, China


Saint-etienne Fine Art School, France, 2003, DNSEP
Saint-etienne Fine Art School, France, 2001, DNAP

Representing galleries
Zina Athanassiadou gallery, Pantocrator Gallery

exhibition/performance, surrealism, realism, performance, installation, mixed-media, figurative



Sexual and surreal, Marianna Ignataki’s works on paper exude fantastical ideas of life and the self upon confronting the stagnancies of our present day world. Working primarily with color pencil, Ignataki’s facility with this graphite medium enables her to photo-realistically enter a subliminal world, one filled with symbolic images of her own mythology. Consumed by the psycho-emotional, specifically loneliness, helplessness, agony, passivity and despair, she frequently uses women or mythically created, deviant forms of the female self to play protagonist in a magic and ritual filled sphere.  Given the occultism that fills each of her drawn works, it is only fit that symmetry and geometry play an integral role in her quest to identify and release the emotions of her own mythology into the world which she contextualizes herself.

 Entering into the realm of performance and ready-made-object installations, Ignataki brings her mystical world into a realist realm, one that can be experienced and touched, so to bring the self deeper into the throws of a personal lore.


                                                        by Zandie Brockett, independent curator, Beijing, June 2012 





Recent Exhibits

Marianna Ignataki participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2014 Superfold: Connective Multiplicities or Coiling Ad Infinitum
Intelligentsia Gallery
Feb, 2014 Open studios
18th Street Arts Center
Jul, 2012 The end of magic
Outpost project space, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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