by Katerina Fotaki
In this interesting graphic, three colourful friends and a cat enjoy moments in the countryside away from the greyness of the city in an imaginary world where the sun and moon shine together. The idyll is complemented by rain and rainbows. Their smiling faces show peace and fulfilment.
Unusual pastel colours complete the idyllic mood. Such a refined vision of the countryside contrasts with the greyness of the city from which the characters have come. In a way, it is also a fulfilment of the myth of the countryside as a joyful idyll and the city as a sad, grey, overworked environment. The artist does not question this myth, but rather recreates it in order to show that in every myth there is a certain amount of truth.
graphic / visual artist
Greek artist raised in the wilderness of Crete. She studied and graduated in Athens with a degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication. She currently works in Berlin, which inspires her to create more illustrations. Her circumstances growing up made her a nature lover, but she has always been curious about the craziness of urban life. She is inspired by the environment she lives in and the emotions that surround her. For her, illustration is a way to express her dreams and feelings in a surreal way. She likes to create faces and figures, focusing more on their different emotions and expressions. Katerina’s paintings never run out of colours, as she has learned to live in colourful cities with a strong multicultural character. Her works can be described as psychedelic and definitely surreal.
“My aim is to capture as much emotion as possible in a way that makes the viewer notice the image for a few minutes. Through my paintings I want to evoke positive emotions, but sometimes I like to evoke a mysterious absurdity.” – Katerina Fotaki
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