Ntina Anastasiadou – A sculptor and painter living among Greece, India and Japan

Ntina Anastasiadou graduated with honors from the School of Fine Arts, University of Athens in 1986. She continued her studies from 1986 up to 1992 in Kyoto, Japan, where she attended coursed on Japanese language, calligraphy and ink-wash painting (sumi-e & suibokuga) alongside historian and calligrapher Mitsuo Takaoki and Nihonga under Miki Takaoki. She was granted a scholarship by the Government of Japan (Monbusho) and  attended Japanese art history at Kyoto University,

Ntina In India

During the years 2012 – 2014 Ntina stayed for about two years and half in India studying the culture of the country. In 2014 she earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Calcutta (Rabindra Bharati University).

She had many solo and group exhibitions. Artworks of her are found at Sanskriti Foundation / Sanskriti Museums, New Delhi, at India International Centre, New Delhi, at Indian Council of Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.), Rabindranath Tagore Center, Calcutta and at the Embassy of Greece in New Delhi.

Greece – India, cultural crossroads” was the title of Ntina’s solo exhibition that took place in September 2014 at the India International Centre in New Delhi,. The exhibition was held under the auspices the Embassy of Greece in India and with the support of her Professors at R.B.U. Mr. Prabhakar Kolte an eminent artist and former Professor at the School of Fine Arts in Mumbai. He inaugurated her exhibition and wrote about her and her artwork the following.

Ntina Anastasiadou, an artist from Greece, a country known for the most powerful and influential culture of ancient times, came to India to study Indian art and culture. In a very short time she became so much involved in her objectives that now it is difficult to find out how much she is Greek and how much Indian.

It looks, it is her inborn mindset and zeal to go to the roots of the subject she undertakes and imbibes it in her nature and thus meets her fundamental goals.

In India a true student surrenders completely to the thing which he/she wishes to understand and in such a philosophical perspective she is no less than Indian, rather in the course of her studies she unknowingly represented herself as a “Resonance” between Greece and India and thus sculpted out a unique place in the field of art and culture on the soil here and her motherland as well.

Her works during her two years studies in India represent her fascination for most adorned elements of Indian culture such as dance, animals (specifically elephants) and Indian women. The present exhibition is a mirror-reflection of her intense hard
work for the appreciator in herself as well as the viewer.

Prabhakar Kolte, Mumbai, September 1, 2014

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