About Athanasia Susie Colomvakos
Painting for me is that visceral world where I know my very soul is giving expression. It is so powerful it overwhelms me with gratitude, with humility and with peace. My work is always about an inner journey of self discovery and unveiling the beauty that I hide from the world.
I am of the belief that the things that seem most personal to each of us are also the most universal. I use representational and non-representational elements as metaphors to explore, identify and understand my place in the world. Discovering vulnerabilities, and those deepest innermost thoughts and feelings of the world within us and around us that are so common and shared.
Born and raised in Toronto, my daily life experiences, Greek heritage and personal travels influence and inform what is captured through my painting process.
My entree into painting began in 2004 while undergoing cancer treatments. I found art to be a good way to relax, stay focused and discover my creativity. Since then, painting has become a fundamental part of my being. Rather than following a traditional course of study, I studied at The Toronto School of Art, The Avenue Road Art School and from artists that I admire.
I paint full-time in my Leaside studio at 28 Industrial Street, Toronto, ON. I currently prefer to work in acrylic or oil and continue to challenge myself by experimenting with new techniques, mediums and subject matter.