Chrysanthe Maggidis is a female artist born in Greece and raised in the USA. Throughout her academic years she pursued a BA in Art Studio, Archaeology, and Art History at Dickinson College (2012-2016), an MFA in drawing, painting, and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2017-2019), and an MA in Greek and Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (2020-2021). She is currently a PhD candidate for Classical Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and, simultaneously, an active artist participating at the Biennale Chianciano 2022.
‘’As an emerging artist, my personal research revolves around contemporary figurative work that explores the relationship of mind and body, and how their interactions forge our identities. The figures are intentionally stylized to aesthetically reference ancient Greek vase painting, which idolized timeless beauty through the perfection of human form and perceptual idealism. Perfection, in ancient Greece, rested in those who attained the ideal balance of mind and body. These figures were regarded as divinely gifted and became a prototype for mortality. I challenge the ideal balance of the mind and body by representing one of the two in a fragile state thus creating a narrative of struggle, denial, rebuilding, and acceptance of imbalance.’’