Chryssa was born in Athens into the famous Mavromichalis family from the Deep Mani. Her family, while not rich, was educated and cultured; one of her sisters, who studied medicine, was a friend of the poet and novelist Nikos Kazantzakis.
Chryssa began painting during her teenage years and also studied to be a social worker. In 1953, on the advice of "a leading art critic in Greece,"her family sent her to Paris to study at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière where André Breton, Edgard Varèse, and Max Ernst were among her associates and Alberto Giacometti was a visiting professor.
Mott Street (1983) by Chryssa. Vestibule of Evangelismos metro station, Athens Metro, line 3.Then at the age of 79, Chryssa died of heart-related problems, in Athens, Greece, on December 23, 2013.Wikipedia