FokiaNou Art Space is pleased to present a solo painting exhibition by Maria Galvan Cobo. Her work is inspired by and organized into a scheme reflected in the words in the title. From the Indo-European root “Leg-”, to choose or discern, two verbs arose, two cognates with different meanings: the ancient Greek "LΕGΕΙΝ"(to speak) and the Latin, "LEGERE"(to read). Symbolically, LΕGΕΙΝ represents ongoing narration in the present continuous, that is fluid and open to interpretation, in contrast to LEGERE, which connotes the existence of a written and recorded narration that is fixed, so variations are no longer possible. Her paintings are musings on the interrelationship between the ancient and the contemporary by taking their elements (contemporary Greek objects and history/myth) out of their usual context, and using them to play with notions of identity and culture.
Born in Madrid in 1990, Maria Galvan Cobo has been based in Athens and Madrid since 2011. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Complutence University of Madrid. In her painting she is primarily concerned with the process of meaning construction in images and exploring the symbiosis of different cultures. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Spain and Greece and her work is included in many private collections. She was also the co-director of Y Residency, Athens, a residency for artists from all over the world. http://www.mariagalvancobo.com
FokiaNou Art Space is an artist-run project space in the intimacy of a small apartment in an old building in the center of Athens. The apartment has been transformed into an open space that encourages collaborative creative efforts between Greek and foreign artists, thereby promoting and supporting the local art community. The space hosts exhibitions, workshops and projects under the direction of two artists, Mary Cox and Panagiotis Voulgaris. www.fokianou247.gr