Xrista was born in 1974 in Nicosia, Cyprus. She is married and has two lovely children. She started dabbling in the art from a very young age and at school, she has excelled in Art and awarded a prize for the highest grade in technical design and excellence in History of Art. For the academic year 1993-1994, she was awarded a full scholarship from an Art University in Cyprus, in H.N.D “Graphic Art and Advertising Design” and consequently followed her art passion in the UK. In 1996 she received her Bachelor of “Graphic and Media Design” from the University of the Arts London. Since then she is continuously informed on the new trends in contemporary art and everything around her is an inspiration to her work. She worked at several Local Design Agencies and in the late 1999’s she started focusing in web designing where she spends the last 18 years working as a web designer and developer at the biggest Telecommunication Authority Company in Cyprus.
Although family and work commitments prevailed, she managed to pursue her passion for art. Her art is a form of expression and an extension of her personality. Her creative mind never stops; Her designs are inspired by her imagination and the passion she derives with even from the smallest and insignificant things in life. She is an extremely visceral person and in many ways, she puts herself wholeheartedly into each design. She never focusses on specific art styles as she does not want to frame herself within a kind of technique and be more loyal to her own feelings. Different mediums always allow her to express different ideas and during research new areas of interest arise and lead to her next work.
She sometimes uses subjects that allow her to satisfy her obsession with colours and fantasy. Her Art “Sweet Dreams”, a colour drawing painting was created with colour markers, black ink, and acrylic paint. Within her art somehow, She communicates that elusive sense of sheer joy. She loves illustrations and every time she feels happy in her life she creates an art with colours and full of imaginary images and objects. She is generally not too concerned with creating a great deal of meaning beyond the aesthetic. Imagery is often borrowed from her life; sweet things around her and stuff that might evoke a sense of wonderment and ultimately fantasy.
In 2009, her passion for Digital Art and Fashion led her to draw digital works of art and transfer them to clothes of her own creation through the method of silkscreen and digital printing. This method of working opened up opportunities using her talent in digital design supporting charitable organizations in her country by designing a range of T-Shirts, logos all contributing to provide proceeds for those in need.
In 2010, Xrista has started to fuse life into a screen of which we percept as just another modern age piece of machinery; her perseverance and outlook on this is was described as “experimenting on the unique experiences and capabilities they offer”, to Xrista Stavrou it is just as the same as a black canvas. She always loves experimenting with different media and styles and her passion for digital art always led her to draw digital works of art and transfer them to fabrics of her own cloth creations. The art “Perplexity” was an inspiration from her Scarf Collection 2018-2019. A composition of abstract playful forms, elements, textures and bright warm colours that accidentally created through the working process. The results can be surprising even to Xrista. That’s what makes abstract art so unique to her. It is created from intense thought processes, an attempt to amplify her fantasy and dreams of love, fashion, and beauty. This is what She loves most on abstract art; the ability to express her creativity by creating a visual experience that is free and unencumbered by the weight of objects and is always open to interpretation. Her goal is to inspire those who see her work to look more carefully and discover what emotions, sensations or memories emerge. They are invited to discover the meaning behind her work by traveling around the art without expectation and by looking at colours, styles, materials, surface and how they interact.
In 2011 she was invited and started a collaboration with Etherial Rock ‘n' Roll Brand (www.etherial.eu) where she managed the Clothing Line for almost 6 years. During that period, she had 2 Solo and 3 Group Fashion presentations and has created her first “Digital Skull Queen” as an inspiration from her T-Shirt Collection 2013-2014. Skull Art Queen marked her art career. In 2015 her art has been featured in solo and group art exhibitions. She has won various competitions and had her work published in internationally well-known Books, Magazines and Calendars. Xrista has been the subject of several Fashion Blogs and magazines.
For the past 15 years, her work has almost always rooted in a personal mash-up of feelings and moments. Although there may not always be material similarities, they are linked by the richness of imagination and perfectionistic details. While she uses a variety of materials and processes in each design her philosophy is consistent. Each work often consists of multiple sketches, in a range of different media and meanings and ‘Communication’ with her audience is mostly what she has in mind when she paints. She never has hidden messages and she loves it when viewers express different emotional reactions and perceptions for each work.
Xrista is an incredibly talented and famous digital artist, recognized not only in Cyprus but also abroad. She has won various competitions and had her name inserted in internationally well-known Books, Magazines, Calendars. Xrista’s «Skull Art Queen», presented on the «Day of the Dead» Calendar 2016 by Amber Lotus Publishing, up until now has about 74,000 views, a number which increases daily http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Drawing-Skull-Art/322718/1722648/view. The Art can be found in the online Gallery of Saatchi Art https://www.saatchiart.com/xristastavrou. All her hard working efforts finally paid off when chosen out of 50 other participants for the Cyprus Walk of Fame. A design contest where Xrista was awarded with first prize for the “Visual Symbol of the Cyprus Walk of Fame”, thanking those whom vote and supported her on this, Xrista describes this life accomplishment as “an honor for those who offered” focusing on her main design for the competition saying “the crown is among other things, a mark of honor”.
This digital design artist although already digitally literate she conquers projects by promoting her work through her launched website www.xristastavrou.com, featuring past and present arts and collections. Very impressive and unique Collections for the brand Etherial (www.etherial.eu) with her Glamour T-shirts and the well known “Be a Hero” Collection especially designed for the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF).
By continuously keeping her imagination alive and being able to create a type of ‘pleasant deception’ looking closely at Xrista’ s designs, you will discover little angelical figured cubits or delicately shaded roses all of which fluidly evolve into surfacing what Xrista calls “experimentation with new media, a visual reality”. A digital design artist whose work has always been informed by a richness of imagination who is not afraid of outlining her inspirations and feelings, demonstrating the workings of an erudite and passionate mind with a fantasy of images.
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