Angakis (Angie Antonakis) was born (1954) in Sparta, Greece, but grew up in Montreal, Canada. After completing her social studies, she moved with her family to the USA. During this time she became socially active by supporting local artists and artistic community endeavors. In 1997, she was named president of the Parsons-Bruce Art Association in South Boston, Virginia, an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In this position, she was instrumental in the transformation of an old tobacco factory into a Cultural Art Center, known as "The Prizery". She organized an art exhibition with 18 artists that was used to secure a grant for 4 million dollars for its renovation. "The Prizery" which includes an art gallery, theatre and an information center, still exists to this day as a cultural and regional landmark.
In 2015, Angakis picked up one of her sister's spatulas at her art studio and magically created her first abstract acrylic painting on canvas. Under her sister Vasiliki Antonakis' guidance, and with an undivided devotion to painting, Angakis visually describes an inner state of reality. She has created a substantial body of unique and emotionally provocative artwork.
Angakis is working within the combined influences of the turn of the century New- York School of automatic-surrealist and the "Les Automatises" movement in Montreal of automatic painting. Angakis has a personal form of expression taking the automatic technique to another level. She uses a pallette knife and vivid colors to create abstract action painting on canvas that vibrates an overall energy. Through a creative process o intuitive improvisation, the paintings expand the subconscious. The canvas becomes a world of its own, where it exists as a crystalized moment of the past and present. The random generated fantasies of bizarre incomplete suggested imagery is for the viewer an escape into the creative power of Angakis mind. At times the imagery reflects the events and turmoils of society in a nightmarish way and at other times the lyrical worlds of miraculous phantasms. Angakis has recently contributed to the art culture of the city of Sparta, Greece, by creating the Angakis Gallery. She currently resides in Illinois, USA, and exhibits her work globally.
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