Christina Fytili is an Athens based artist whose practise is that of a highly skilled and intensely dedicated gestural painter. She studied at the School of Fine Arts at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, where she started to develop her individual style and approach. Fytili moved to Italy to complete two post graduate programs: Art Therapy (Accademia di Belle Arti, Macerata) Master of Special Education (Universita degli Studi di Roma Tre). Her work in art therapy and education has added to her belief in the power of art to heal the hurt, nurture the mind and expand the horizon. It is this ability of art, to encapsulate and carry the vast spectrum of human emotion, that Fytili utilises in her profoundly personal but at once universally accessible works of multi sensory experience.
Fytili’s paintings are created using a dynamic mix of component materials including canvas, wood, plaster, wood glue, powder hagiography, filter coffee, sand and zinc. Her chosen media act as vessels of direct experience rather than indirect filters of reality. The tools Fytili employs in the construction of these pieces are set as inclusions in the final composition.
Representing the emotional and experiential fluctuations of existence the surfaces of her works are as changeable as that that they represent. In places thick densely layered texture gives way to a more finely constructed plane. The viewer is invited to experience the works fully through sight, touch and sent allowing for a personal reading amplified by the triggering of memory of tactile and olfactory sensation. Christina Fytili’s work has been exhibited in London, Italy, Greece and Belgium.