Modern Art Chryssa

Chryssa Vardea-Mavromichali (December 31, 1933 – December 23, 2013) was a Greek American artist who worked in a wide variety of media An American art pioneer in light art and luminist sculpture widely known for her neon, steel, aluminum and acrylic glass installations,she has always used the mononym Chryssa professionally. She worked from the mid-1950s in New York City studios and worked since 1992 in the studio she established in Neos Kosmos, Athens, Greece.





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.






In 1954, at age twenty-one, Chryssa sailed for the United States, arrived in New York, and went to San Francisco, California to study at the California School of Fine Arts. Returning to New York in 1955, she became a United States citizen and established a studio in the city.
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




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