About the Artist

Christina Drakos

Born in Limassol Cyprus, Christina studied Economics at Nice and Tourism Management in Paris.

For the last 20 years photography has been an important part of her life, in which her travels around the world have been her inspiration. Through the lens she freezes the moment, yet allows the imagination to continue the story...

Photographs by her have been exhibited at International F.I.A.P. (International Federation of the Art of Photography) exhibitions in Austria, Greece, Slovakia, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, France, Italy, Scotland and China. She has also presented her work at the Pan-Hellenic Competition of Photography and the Finnish Biennale.

In 1997 she published "The Journey", a series of colour photographs taken on her wanderings around the globe. All proceeds from the book were donated to the "Ayia Skepi" Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Cyprus. In December 1999 she published "Angels of Light" with colour photographs of children from various countries, all proceeds of which went to the Child Focus Foundation in Belgium. In May 2002 she published the “Close Ups” with black and white photos from 13 different countries around the world (Livanis Publications Greece) all proceeds went to "Theotokos Foundation" in Cyprus. In 2009 she has published together with her daughter Myrsini "Mother India" (Athens Voice Books) with photos they have taken together during their expedition to India and the Himalaya. All proceeds from “Mother India” went to the Doctors without borders (MSF).

From 2001 until today Christina had 20 personal exhibitions with her works in Limassol, Nicosia, Brussels, Istanbul, Athens, Paris, Isle-sur-la-Sorge (Avignon) and Bologna. All proceeds from the sales of her photos went to several charity organizations.

Following her heart and inspirations in January 2013, Christina founded Sagapo Children's Foundation (www.sagapo.org) and actively works towards fulfilling its mission – to help provide children worldwide with the necessary learning environments for them to thrive in their communities.

Christina is a member of the Cyprus Photographic Society (CPS), Image Sans Frontière (ISF), UPI (United Photographers International) and the Photographic Society of America (PSA).

During 2008 Christina was recognized by F.I.A.P. with the title of EFIAP (Artist of Excellence of the International Federation of the Art of Photography).

The distinction "Excellence FIAP" (EFIAP) is awarded to authors who, apart from having an excellent technique and an abundant production, have often been accepted in many international salons under FIAP Patronage.

Exhibitions

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Peru mi amor

Hadjiloizi Michaelidi 20
Katholiki, Limassol, Cyprus
12 May, 31 May 2016

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L’ecole pour les enfants

12, rue Carnot, 84800
L’Isle sur la Sorgue
1 May, 29 May 2016

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Meres et enfants du Monde

Mairie du 7eme Paris, France

October 2015

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Life is a journey

Zampelas Contemporary Art Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus

November 2014

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Life is a journey

6 x 6 Centre for Photography, Limassol, Cyprus

June 2014

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Peru mi amor

Peruvian Consulate, Brussels, Belgium

December 2013

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Peru mi amor

Flagey Cultural Center, Brussels, Belgium

October 2013

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New York between the lines

Library Art Cafe Gallery, Limassol,  Cyprus

March 2013

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New York between the lines

Galleria Wikiarte, Bologna, Italy

March 2012

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Mother India

Mavrelis Cultural Centre, Limassol, Cyprus

May 2009

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Mutation

Limassol Medieval Castle, Limassol, Cyprus

July 2007

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Coffee shops around the world

Hotel Royal Crown Plaza, Brussels, Belgium

April 2006

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Coffee shops around the world

Hilton Cyprus Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus

January 2006

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Coffee shops around the world

Theomaria Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus

December 2005

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Costantinopolis 551 years later

Fotodos Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

June 2004

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Photographic wanderings

Conrad Hilton Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

May 2003

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Close Ups

Vox Gallery, Athens, Greece

May 2003

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Close Ups

Fotodos Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

November 2002

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Close Ups

Morfi Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus

October 2002

Editions

Artist's Notes

The Journey

Publishing House: EN –TYPIS
Place: Nicosia
Date: 1997

A journey is a return to the starting point, to see our home once again, as if we were seeing it for the first time. This is true of a pilgrimage and of other journeys. It is in this simple way and from within my heart that this book was created. A series of pictures, post cards that were never posted. I dedicate it to all those friends who accompanied me and, in particular, to my children, Orestis and Myrsini.

Angels of Light

Publishing House: EN-TYPIS
Place: Nicosia
Date: 1999

Taking photographs of children allows me to become a child again, to be able to see the world through virgin eyes, as if for the first time. This book was made with the wish for the children of the new millennium to become Angels of Light and live in harmony with their souls. I give it as a gift to all of you who will be reading it and to all the children who kept me company during my photographic wanderings.

Close Ups

Publishing House: LIVANIS PUBLISHING ORGANIZATION
Place: Athens
Date: 2002

As all forms of art, photography creates its own reality. It transfixes the intensity of the moment with a unique immediacy, vividness and spontaneity. The journey from darkness to light is a never-ending game with our own selves for self- knowledge and self-esteem. So it is in the darkroom, by writing the light, the world is revealed before our eyes and allows us to see images and emotions to which we may have never before paid attention.

I dedicate this book to the memory of my father Michalakis K. Drakos, who gave me my first camera on my twelfth birthday, and who, in his short life, taught me to love the world, to dream and to create.

Mother India

Publishing House: Athens Voice Books
Place: Athens
Date: 2009

Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joseph Rudyard Kipling, Genghis Khan, Christopher Columbus, Jules Verne, Queen Victoria, Vasco de Gamma…all these outstanding people in the human history had one thing in common: India!

Combining my roles as a Mother, Business woman, Artist Photographer and Citizen of the World, I was blessed to travel extensively around the globe and several times accompanied by my two children Orestis and Myrsini.

India, the land of the Maharajas, the yogis, the guru and the thousand spices and colors always attracted me and I was privileged to return a number of times and capture moments of the daily life with my camera.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank all Indians who smiled in front of my lens and allowed me to take photos of them during my wonderings from Kerala to the Himalaya. I am thankful also to my beloved daughter Myrsini who accompanied me during my recent journey to the Himalaya and with whom we have created ‘Mother India’ for all to enjoy!
All net proceeds from the sales of our book will be donated to the Doctors Without Borders(MSF).

Thematic Galleries

Press

Curtur’elle, July/10/2016, Sep/27/2016
Press Kit Mères et enfants du monde, Jul/19/2016
Press Kit, Sep/28/2015
Χριστίνα Δράκος, Jun/10/2014
Politis Newspaper, Jun/08/2014
Kritik, Mar/20/2012
Undo.net, Mar/17/2012
Wall Street Magazine, Mar/10/2012
Wikiarte, Nov/10/2011
Exclusive Magazine, Feb/01/2006
Seven-Sunday Mail, Jan/30/2006
Selides Magazine, Dec/01/2005

News

Mères et enfants du monde

Mairie du 5eme
21 Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris
15-26 November 2016
Mairie du 5eme

L’ecole pour les enfants

Arbre aux Thes, 12, rue Carnot
84800 L’Isle sur la Sorge, France
1st May – 29 May 2016
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Meres et enfants du monde

116 rue de Grenelle
Paris, France
1-13 October 2015
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Life is a journey

27 Arch. Makarios III ave.
Nicosia, Cyprus
8-22 November 2014
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Life is a journey

19 Ipeirou str.
Limassol, Cyprus
12-20 June 2014
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Peru Mi Amor

Flagey, Place Saint-Croix
1050 Bruxelles
6-19 october 2013
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New York Between The Lines

Library Cafe Bar, Themidos 1
Limassol, Cyprus
1-31 March 2013
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Contact

P.O.Box 52444, 4064 Limassol, Cyprus (Europe)

Email: christina.drakos@aol.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cdrakos


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