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About Me


Giota Vorgia

Visual Artist | Designer | Art Instructor

IAA UNESCO artist
Member of the Greek Chamber of the Arts
Member of the American Women Artists AWA
Member of the k-droz Art Association Paris
   

Born in Athens, Greece
Lives between Austin TX, USA & Athens, Greece

 

"What's my passion?
Elevating Well-Being and Inspiring Minds Through Artistic Immersion"

Giota Vorgia

 

PROFILE


I am a person that was born to be an artist. Greece is my homeland, where art is part of our existence.
I grew up literally in an art studio, as both of my parents are artists and both of my siblings are pianists. 

Doing art has been a natural activity for me since the age of 4. From the age of 6 to 16, I visited almost all the well-known museums and art galleries of Europe as part of my acquaintance with art history - that was a lifetime achievement for me. Museums provide a cultural experience, an effective way of learning and inspiration. I believe that nothing boosts our creativity more than visiting art galleries and museums.

At the age of 12, I discovered the beauty of the stone. I used to collect stones from coasts in Greece, paint and share them with people, under the Acropolis. In the following years, I was happy just to collect and observe them, in every place I visited, Europe, Africa or the USA. And, then, the magic moment came when I 'saw' the pure beauty in them. 

In 2004, motivated by the beauty of primal nature (stone, water, wood), I started to produce a series of works based on natural coastal elements. I find beauty everywhere and painting is the way to appreciate beauty and life around me. This only happens when I stay in the now. My paintings inspire the viewer an increased awareness of their presence in an expanded present moment, using the stone element as an image of perfection and stability. 

Therapists, rehabilitation doctors, physiatrists, and authors declare that my art brings therapeutic healing and raising of vibration to people’s souls. And this is my purpose.

I have been awarded for my work in Greece, Lebanon, and the USA. 

I live between two continents; Palaio Faliro, the coastal area of Athens, Greece and Round Rock, Greater Austin TX metropolitan area. I am married to the visual artist Antonis Papantoniou (www.papantoa.com), and we have 3 kids, Odysseus, Achilles, and Alexander

 

INSPIRATION

The theme that inspires me is the stone. I am inspired by the stability of the stone with the movement of the
water that imperceptibly sculpts and morphs it in harmony with the mood of the sky and the play of light.
While stepping on pebbles, I feel present, I am. There is tremendous beauty in ‘nowness’. 

‘Kosmos’ in Greek, means ‘gem’ (Kosmema). To be present in the Kosmos is a gift. 
This bliss of Being in the world I feel, and I want to capture in my paintings.

I always love to attract the viewer to this bright space of eternal moment which is always new.

 

WHY I PAINT STONES

Beauty 
can be found in the simplest of things, specifically in nature. Through the passing of time, stones have seen the scenery change around them. 

Stones are the silent observers of a continuously altered world. 
Each stone has a story. One only needs to remove one's thoughts and listen. Just be.

 

DETAILED BIO

artistic education

• 2013 Certified member of the Chamber of FA of Greece, Greek National Committee of the IIA - Highest School of Fine Arts in Athens, Greece
• 1996-1999 Visual Arts, Advanced Painting - Borgias College of Fine Art & Design, Athens, Greece
• 1992-1995 Graphic design - ΑΚΤΟ Art & Design –
Diploma of Higher Education in Fine Arts, Middlesex University, UK
• 1990-1992 Freehand drawing and line / technical drawing - Plakas Foundation Studies, Athens, Greece
• 1986 Painting and Theory of Color - Dimitri Perdikidi’s Workshops, Athens, Greece

 

latest seminars/workshops

• 2020 'The Science of Well-Being' course - Yale University
• 2019 Therapeutic Art Life Coach Certification - Transformation Academy
• 2019 'Art Therapy for Healing' workshop - T. Ambrose 
• 2013-2014 'Fine Art Education in Primary Schools' workshop - Highest School of Fine Arts in Athens, Greece


professional experience

• Founder and Owner of 'Vorgia Art Studio', Art Schools in Round Rock, Texas, and Athens, Greece
• Judge at the 'Reflections' Art Competition for RRISD, Texas

• Co-curator in children's installation ‘Crane, crane come back’ the Union of Cultural Associations of Evros,
  Alexandroupolis, Greece 
• Graphic designer, Greek newspaper ‘Exusia’, ‘Eleftherotypia’ and ‘Epsilon’ magazine, Athens, Greece
• Artistic Expression workshops for groups of children in public schools in Athens, Greece
• Graphic designer/illustrator for 28 Board Games - Artipia Games, AEG, GEG, Alcyon Creative, Quokka Games  
• Art Director at Kafkas Publishing / Advertising Agency, Athens, Greece
• Art Instructor of Painting/Drawing in Art School ‘Art Studio Workshops’, Athens, Greece
• Art Instructor of Graphic Design, Intergraphics Art - Design, Athens, Greece

exhibitions

2024 – “The Artist's Pulse", Thalia Gallery, Athens, Greece. 
2023 – “1st Abstract Art Contest", International Art Competition by Gallery 4%. Distinction Award. 
2023 – “London Art Biennale 2023", Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Rd, London UK. 400 selected artists, 80 nations
2023 – “The Power of Love”, Solo Exhibition, Cedar Park, Austin TX, USA
2020 – “2020 Waters”, International 18 countries Art Competition by 
Grey Cube Gallery. Award-winning 
           "Honorable Recognition"

2019 – “Re-Imagine 2019”, Texas State University, Round Rock, TX, USA
2018 – “The Big Show 2018”, Texas State University, Round Rock, TX, USA
2018 – “Imagine 2018”, 
Texas State University, Round Rock, TX, USA. Award-winning 'People's Choice Best Fine Art
           Painting' among 100 artists. Award-winning "Honorable Recognition" by the Jury

2018 – “The People's Gallery 2018”, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX, USA
2017 – “All Colors 2017”, Contemporary Art Gallery
2017 – “Elements”, Davis Gallery, Austin, TX, USA
2017 – “All Waterscapes 2017”, Contemporary Art Gallery. Award-winning "Honorable Recognition"
2017 – “Radiant”, Davis Gallery, Austin, TX, USA
2017 – “The Big Show 2017”, Texas State University, Round Rock, TX, USA
2017 – "All Landscape 2017” Contemporary Art Gallery. Award-winning "Second Place"
2017 – “Luminosity”, Artspace, Round Rock, TX, USA
2017 – "All Women 2017” Contemporary Art Gallery. Award-winning "Honorable Recognition"
2016 – Solo exhibition in “Greece - Shape and Color” festival, artistic association Karma-Lappa, Olympic
           Pinacothèque Spyros Louis in the Municipality of Maroussi, Athens, Greece
2015 – Solo exhibition, Cultural Center of the Municipality of Athens, Greece
2013 – Solo exhibition, Cultural Center of the Municipality of Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece
2012 – “Flag Art for Cultural Diversity”, under the patronage of UNESCO and Meadows Beirut, Beirut Solidere
           Waterfront, Lebanon  
2011 – Solo exhibition, Cultural Center of the Municipality of Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece
2010 – International Exhibition “PAI”,  in the Museum of Natural History of Alexandroupolis, in the 
           Alexandroupolis Gallery and the Cultural Center Fardis in Samothrace Island, Greece, organized by the 
           Union of Cultural Associations of Evros, Greece  
2009 – International exhibition “Gargling Sky”, Municipality of Gortis, Crete, Greece
2008 – “Fuoco” International exhibition, Italian Cultural Association “Ariel Del Tempo”, Genova and Arte Fiore, 
           Sardinia, Italy
2008 – “XIV Arti Visive Biennale di Poesia”, Poetry & Arts Network, Palazzo Cuttica, via Parma, Alessandria, Italy
2007 – Exhibition, 'Parousia' Contemporary & Byzantine Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
2006 – “Art Party”, Elastic Energy, Municipality of Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece
1988-2006 – Numerous shows and awards with the Artistic Association of the Municipality of Palaio Faliro, Athens

 

latest awards/recognitions

2023: Distinction Award at the "1st Abstract Art Contest," International Art Competition by Gallery 4%
2020: Honorable Recognition at "2020 Waters," International Art Competition by Grey Cube Gallery
2018: Best Fine Art Painting by People's Choice at “Imagine 2018,” Texas State University, Round Rock, TX, USA
2018: Honorable Recognition by the Jury at “Imagine 2018,” Texas State University, Round Rock, TX, USA
2017: Honorable Recognition at “All Waterscapes 2017,” by Contemporary Art Gallery
2017: Second Place at "All Landscape 2017” by Contemporary Art Gallery
2017: Honorable Recognition at "All Women 2017” by Contemporary Art Gallery

collections

International collections:
• Greek Consulate in Houston, USA
• Genshai, Saint George, Utah

• Meadows, Beirut, Lebanon
• Ariel Del Tempo, Genova, Italy
• Biennale di Poesia, Alessandria, Italy
• PAI 2010, Union of Cultural Associations of Evros, Alexandroupolis, Greece
• Gargling Sky, Municipality of Gortys, Crete, Greece

Private collections:
• Greece, United States, Canada, UK, Spain, Lebanon, Africa, China

 

published work

• 'Art History for Kids' with Giota Vorgia, currently in production phase, self-production through Amazon
• 'The fables of Aesop', illustrated children's book - with 20 of her art students of Austin (English version)
• 6-language illustrated dictionary, graphic design
, and layout
• 2-
language children's illustrated dictionary, graphic design, and layout
• 'The hare and the peacock', illustrated children's book
• 'The fables of Aesop', illustrated children's book - with 81 of her art students of Athens (Greek version)
• Main illustrator artist for 9 board games
• Main graphic designer for 28 board games 

 

speaking engagements

• 'Life in the Now,' motivational speech, Wyndham Grand Athens, Greece, September 2023
• 'Pathfinder' motivational speech/art presentation, two speaking events, 'Genshai Life Mastery' by Kevin Hall, Saint George, Utah, January 2023

'Passion' motivational speech/art presentation, two speaking events, 'Genshai Life Mastery' by Kevin Hall, Saint George, Utah, January 2022
'Abundance' motivational speech/art presentation, 'Genshai Life Mastery' by Kevin Hall, Saint George, Utah, January 2018 video
'Letting a stone uplift your energy' motivational speech, Abel's North Events Center, Austin, December 2017 

interviews

• 'Infinitely Curious', 'What is Art?' The Voice of Greece, ERT Hellenic Radio - interviewer: Katerina Batzaki, Athens, Greece, January 2024 published
• 'Monday Morning Mojo' podcast 'Manifesting Your Dream Life with Giota Vorgia' 2023 - interviewer: Anna Gibbs youtube

• 'National Herald' newspaper - interviewer: Yanna Katsageorgi, New York, January 2023 published

• 'Essence Reveal' (ep.17) podcast - interviewer: Christina Courtright Jenkins, Idaho, August 2022 Links: Spotify - apple 

• 'Anadeixe to' - interviewer: Anna Nikolaides, Athens, Greece, February 2022
• 'National Herald' newspaper - interviewer: Stavroula Tsoutsa, New York, May 2021 published
• Boundless Gratitudes - interviewer: David Hill, California, January 2021 video

• Art Rendezvous - Live on YouTube, Epis. 8, interviewer: Kritka, Austin, September 2020 video
• Klgallery.gr, ‘Giota Vorgia - Greek Colors and Shapes’, interviewer: Vassilis Lappas, February 2016
• 'Another flight' magazine, ‘The Borgias’, interviewer: Elda Georgopoulou, April-May 2015
• Amarysia newspaper, ‘Through the eyes of the little children’, interviewer: Areti Kotsolakou, March 2011

volunteering

• Stegi St. Alexander, P. Faliro, Athens, Greece - free workshop (art instructor tasks) 
• Round Rock Arts, Texas  - Artspace (assistant tasks) 
• Round Rock ISD Council of PTAs, Texas - Reflections Contest (art instructor tasks) 
• Round Rock ISD Council of PTAs, Texas  - Reflections Contest (judge tasks) 
• 'Smile of the Child', Maroussi - free workshops (art instructor tasks) 
• 11th Elementary School of Halandri, Athens Greece - free workshops (art instructor tasks) 
• 6th Elementary School of Maroussi, Athens Greece
 - free workshops (art instructor tasks) 

• 11th Elementary School of Palaio Faliro, Athens Greece - free workshops (art instructor tasks) 

giving back

A humble 5% of the profits is given to several non-profit organizations, especially those based on children's benefits.

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