Biography

Biography Chryssis Vici

Chryssis Vici was born in Greece in 1946, and lives in Rome. 

He has worked and studied primarily in Rome, with the exception of time spent in Venice attending an “Etching experimental techniques course” led by Maestro Riccardo Licata at the International Institute for graphics. This gave him good knowledge in working with unusual materials. The experience gained during this stay in Venice turned out to be useful for the study of in-depth experimental techniques and would be crucial for his later informal work. 

In Rome he studied oil painting at the Istituto di Arti Ornamentali S. Giacomo and the free School of the Nude at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts), with renowned artist Giulio Turcato. In this course of study he was introduced to the exploration of form and subsequently to refine his technique and employ new descriptive approaches. 

Studying with Giulio Turcato was an important experience leading to the transition from realistic painting in favour of the idiom of abstraction. 

He took part in various workshops in watercolour directed by the artist Pedro Cano in several locations in Italy, including: Ragusa, Prumiano, Naples (at the Instituto Cervantes) and Matera. The most recent workshop was held in Blanca, Spain, during which time Vici donated a work to the “Pedro Cano Foundation”. 

The trip to China: In 2011 Vici was selected in an artist project “Following the footsteps of Marco Polo”. In this project, with other 100 italian painters he was invited in the city of Hangzhou where Marco Polo lived for a long period. An important experience begins through an exchange with local artists and exposure to a totally different reality. He was offered the precious opportunity to paint and render the atmosphere of the Hangzhou landscapes.  

For several years his work was oriented towards figurative painting and the study of the human figure, giving rise to a rich and prolific period. He studied masters such as Cezanne, Gauguin, Bonnard and Afro and others but in 2013, felt the need to explore other paths. He finally found the answers to his emotional inquiry in abstract painting.

In Berlin, his recent abstract works were shown at the Berliner Liste from 19 to 22 September 2013 during the Berliner Art Week. Then the same works were exhibited at Gallery Uno in Berlin. 

Following an exhibition held in 2013 at Civic Museum of Anticoli Corrado near Rome, 2 works have been selected and are now part of the permanent collection. 

From 13 to 22 May 2014, he participated at the “European PleinAir Symposium” held in Beit-Jala, Palestine. The project was organised under the leadership of “Huber & Treff Gallery” from Jena, Germany.Creating works of arts en pleinair under the influence of the surrounding natural landscape gives him the possibility to exchange, to interact with the other and the foreign. 

“III Biennale d’Arte Creativa” held in Viterbo from 24 May to 14 June 2014 where one of his abstract work ” Borea ” was exposed at “Palazzo dei Papi”.  

Workshop in June 2014 with Pedro Cano. One watercolour work was donated at the Archeological Museum of Salonique. 

The Irish experience : From October to November 2014 and October to November 2015 workshops of Oil & Wax with the artist Rebecca Crowell at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Ireland to practice and implement this new technique that will be the most striking feature of his recent abstract works. This experience would lead to a shift in orientation in his latest works.

From 12 al 19 September 2015, he parteciped at ArtExpo di Ragusa Ibla with his abstract work entitled ”Etna”. 

During 2016, he participated at the Oxford Art International Fair and the Art Market of Budapest presenting the “Fossil series“, inspired to the Irish experience. 

October 2016, he takes part at the Rome Art Week and organizes an Open Studio showing and explaining his works. 

December 2016, Gallery UNO in Berlino, self-portraits exhibition with the group “Pittori Uniti per la Pittura“.

December 2017, Berlin, Gallery Uno with the international group “Pittori Uniti per la Pittura” takes part to the exhibition “Landscape homage to Painting” with the works “Amorgos” and “After Afro” and on January 2018 the same exhibition is presented at Rome at the Virus Art Gallery. 

Rome Art Week, 22-27 October 2018 where he takes part with the series “Wrecksorganised by Art Exhibition Link – Artists, Rome. 

Berlino, December 2019, Gallery Uno with the international group “Pittori Uniti per la Pittura” takes part to the exhibition “Nudes” with 3 works.

Rome, 29-30 March 2019, exhibition “Homage to Greeceorganised by Art Exhibition Link – Artists Studio Rome with the participation of the Greek Comunity of Rome and Lazio, he presents some works inspired to his homeland.

Rome Art Week, 21-26 October 2019, Open Studio where he showed his lasts works oil and wax “ Kouros”
Gaeta, Pinacoteca Comunale di Gaeta, XXXI Porticato Gaetano from November 2019 until January 2020, exhibits the last works oil and waxNotre-Dame de Paris uno e Notre-Dame de Paris due”.
 

Exhibitions 

Galleria segno grafico – Roma
Gallera dell’incisione – Venezia
Galleria Domenicani – Bolzano
Sala Comunale di Ragusa
Istituto Cervantes-Napoli
Museo Civico di Anticoli Corrado
Fondazione Pedro Cano di Blanca – Spagna, 2010
Teatro dei Dioscuri – Manifestazione “ArteperOggi-Roma
Project Marco Polo Cina – Hangzhou, 2011
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa-Venezia, 2011
Fortezza da Basso-Firenze
Museo Leonardiano-Vinci
Museo del vetro Empoli
Palazzo Comunale di Montaione
San Nicola in carcere-Roma
Berliner List- Berlino, 2013
Gallery Uno-Berlino, 2013
Museo Civico di Anticoli Corrado, 2013
European Pleinair Symposium, Beit-Jala, Palestine, 2014
Palazzo dei Papi, Viterbo, 2014
Museo Archeologico di Salonicco,2014
The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland, 2014
Palazzo Cosentini e Auditorium San Vincenzo Ferreri, ArtExpo, Ragusa Ibla, 2015
Oxford International Art Fair, 2016
Biennale di Viterbo 2016, Palazzo dei Papi
Art Market Budapest, 2016
Self portraits exhibition, with “Pittori Uniti per la Pittura”Gallery Uno, Berlin, 2016       
Landscape homage to Painting exhibition, with “Pittori Uniti per la Pittura”, Gallery Uno, 2017
Virus Art Gallery, Landscape homage to Painting, with “Pittori Uniti per la Pittura”, Rome, 2018
Rome Art Week, October 2018
Rome, Art Exhibition Link – Artists Studio Rome “Homage to Greece” March 2019
Rome Art Week, Open Studio, 21-26 October 2019
Pinacoteca Comunale di Gaeta, XXXI Porticato Gaetano, November 2019 – January 2020