Top Greek street artists Simoni Fontana, Mariana Cute and Cleo43 prepare to hit the Banksy tunnel for Femme Fierce
Three of Greece’s top street artists will be amongst the 150 artists taking part in the next edition of Femme Fierce on International Womens day 8 March 2015.
We’ve already met Thessaloniki based artist Simoni two years ago when she exhibited with the Artaz Gallery at the Moniker Art Fair and her fragile and dreamlike artwork really caught our imagination. A real standout artist, she is one of the top female street artists working in the World today and we can’t wait to see what she’ll come up with.
Alongside her, two Athens based artists Mariana Cute and Cleo43 will be painting in London for the first time. Both have unique styles with Cute interacting with the street furniture of daily life and which to create her happy little characters and Cleo’s original and slightly abstract work sure to draw attention.
All are represented by innovative Athens based studio Artaz, “I can’t stop thinking that more female artists should be out on the streets and Femme Fierce is doing just that” says Cleo as she contemplated the upcoming mini Greek invasion, “participating at the festival is an opportunity for me to contribute to this cause and get involved with the global street art community.”
It’s a sentiment that is expressed for the other artists too, representing a major opportunity not only to showcase their work on this major stage but also to meet and work with other female street artists with the scene in Greece being particularly male dominated. So let’s now take a look at all three and what we can expect to see…
Queen of Greek Street Art, Simoni Fontana works around the world. Fragile and dreamy and abstractly hinting at self-portraiture, her style is characterized by an almost childlike innocence and is equally effective on tiny canvases as it is on giant murals. Her references draw from Japanese iconography and manga, filtered through a sensitive western outlook and her personal aesthetics, dictated by pop surrealism. “Femme Fierce is such a great initiative, putting the spotlight on the work of female street artists. Plus I love London! I so look forward to it.” says Simoni
Born in Athens,but working all over the place she never misses the chance for a creative getaway. Her art draws from a fantasy world located inside her head, but is also largely inspired by the world of advertising, branding and society’s consumerist mentality. She is a street artist, with an emphasis on the literal ‘street’ aspect. She is passionate about creating works either in situ or with the purpose of leaving them on the streets. Partial to large scale and prone to exuberant statements, Mariana’s work is positively optimistic; her characters usually emerge in awkward locations (from building sites to remote beaches) and love to surprise and interact with people. “I am super excited to have the opportunity to create live art together with an army of girls – we are going to have a blast!” says Mariana
From Athens, Cleo43 is a new but dynamic entry in the female Greek graffiti scene and an active member of the Athenian Street Art community. Her style is characterized by its naive quality and is rooted in international folklore. Her ignorant throw-ups and trademark masks, whether painted or in 3D form, are typically executed in vibrant colours, reflective of the artist’s exuberant personality. “Participating at the festival is an opportunity for me to contribute to this cause and get involved with the global street art community.” says Cleo.
Simoni Fontana, Mariana Cute and Cleo43 are all street artists based in Greece and they will be taking part in Femme Fierce: Reloaded on 8 March 2015. They are represented by Artaz Gallery in Athens and all pictures and biographies in this post have been kindly provided by them.
For more work from Greek street artists including Simoni Fontana, Ser, Cacao Rocks and WD Street Art have a look at this post about their London based show at the BSMT space gallery.