“I carry my island with me everywhere. These themes of the past are reflected in my choice of materials and the ethereal, ephemeral forms I create; remindersof the sea, its openness and possibilities, but also its limitations – reflections of a displacement, fragility and instability, while honoring the small and insignificant.” –Dimitra Skandali
Dimitra Skandali grew up on Paros, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Its history and people are central to her work. She was educated in Greece before moving to California, and earning her MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. She holds a university degree in Painting from Athens School of Fine Arts and a Business Administration degree from Athens Polytechnic University. From 2008-2009, she was part of the Erasmus-Socrates Exchange Program at Hogeschool voor der Kunst in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her awards and honours include the First Place-Anne Bremer Memorial Prize, the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute, and the 2012 Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award and Fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation. She is the ARTslant 2nd and 4th 2013 Showcase Installation Winner and she has been a selected artist for the “Biennal Project” at the Venice Biennale 2013, a nominee for the 2013 Headlands Graduate Fellowship and artist-in-residence both for the Post Studio’s Fall 2013 Residency in Sausalito, and Root Division, San Francisco, CA. Skandali has shown both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in the US, the Netherlands, and Greece.
She lives and works in San Francisco.