Athina Ioannou
Born in 1968 in Athens (GR)
lives and works in Düsseldorf (DE)


Ioannou’s artistic production consists of pictorial and minimalist interventions linked to a dialogue with the space and architecture that support them, as well as with the context of the site of exhibition. Ioannou observes the environment deeply, establishing links with its materials and its inhabitants, collecting objects of local provenance which result in compositions that question the space and give it a new lecture.

The artist usually works with textiles – common or precious – cutting them in different forms and soaking them in linseed oil, sometimes tracing vertical graphite lines on the material. The oil enhances the physical qualities of the fabric, intensifes the colours and makes the painted surface transparent.

Due to the manual repetition of certain resources, Athina Ioannou’s work shows similar – but never identical – visual results, through which the artists searches aesthetic satiety through a deep exploration of the same subject. Ioannou’s work is the result of perseverance and of a prolonged search, which, with a consistent style, explores themes such as rhythm, transparency, light, movement and creates compositions that reveal themselves little by little.



She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome under the tutelage of Jannis Kounellis, David Rabinowich and Daniel Buren as well as the Art Academy of Düsseldorf.

She has participated in several individual and collective exhibitions, among which we can highlight L’emprise du lieu curated by Daniel Buren in Dommaine Pommery, France and Avenirs de Villes / Future for Cities curated by Jean Louis Maubant in Nancy, France.

Furthermore, she has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Gustave Fayet, at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece and at the Espace d’art Contemporain HEC in Paris, France, among others. She has received the prize of the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, the Greek Ministry for the Culture, the Art Academy of Düsseldorf and the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst). Her work is part of the collection of Museé d’Art Contemporain Gustave Fayet, Sérignan, France among others.



Polifonías, Galería Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)


Athina Ioannou, Rose is a Rose is a Rose, Hopstreet gallery, Brussels (BE)

IN DE WIND, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek/Gent (BE)



ATHINA IOANNOU Manifestation L’Aspirateur, Contemporary art space and Lapidaries Museum, Narbonne (FR)


Who is afraid of the Walls? (II)
, MMCA Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art; Thessalonica (GR)

The song of Nightingale, Insel Hombroich foundation, Neuss (DE)



Who is afraid of the Walls?, The Benaki Muséum of Islamic art, Athens (GR)


Quartetti, cur. Ursula Wiegand, Neonhalle, Bochum (DE)

Petits chorals, Showroom Tina Miyake, Düsseldorf (DE)



Dragée, Galleria Hilario Galguera, Leipzig (DE)


Amande, L.A.C. Sigean (FR)


De l’Amande au Tournesol, Espace d’art contemporain HEC, Paris (FR)

Poussin//Corail, Hall de Deutsche Bank AG, Paris (FR)

Athina Ioannou, Dipinti a olio, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)



The Materiality of the painterly event, cur. Denys Zacharopoulos, City of Athens Arts Centre, Athens (GR)
Geometries, Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens (GR)


La Pergola, MRAC Musée Régional D’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan (FR)


Transitions, cur. Denys Zacharopoulos/ Alexandra RoussopoulosLa Galerie épisodique, Paris (FR)

ATHINA IOANNOU_0NZE KERK, in the context of the exhibition Daniel Buren A Tiger Cannot Change Its Stripes, cur. Luk Lambrecht & Lieze Eneman Jacques Villeglé. Museumcultuur Strombeek/Gent (BE)


L.A.C. Lieu d’Art Contemporain, Sigean (FR)

A-rena Anacapri, Capri Clou espace d’art, Capri (IT)

Toile de Jouy-regards contemporains , Espace d’art contemporain HEC, Paris (FR)

Vertigo Arte; Centro Internazionale per la Cultura e le Arti Visive, Cosenza (IT)


INDEX 4, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)


Jaunes, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris (FR)


Resituations, Commissaire exposition, LA CIT-Chapelle de Penitents, Ariane (FR)

Toccata e Fuga, Vertigo Arte, Centro Internazionale per la Cultura e le Arti Visive, Cosenza (IT)

Que du Papier, L.A.C. Lieu d’art Contemporain, Sigean (FR)


Imperium/Che viva Mexico!, Galeria Hilario Galguera, Leipzig (DE)


Wallpaintings 9+1/1+9, cur. Luk Lambrecht, Koen Leemans, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek & Cultuurcentrum Mechelen (BE)

Index#2, Galleria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)

Athina Ioannou Antonello Curcio, cur. Jackie-Ruth MEYER, invited by Daniel Buren, Centre d’art le Lait, Castres (FR)


Index#1, Gallery Hilario Galguera, Mexico City (MX)

Ensemble(s)II, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (FR)

L’Emprise du Lieu, Expérience Pommery #4 Domaine Pommery, Reims (FR)


Musée Régionale d’Art Contemporain, Sérignan (FR)

Ensemble(s), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (FR)


Contrepoints, Benaki Muséum, Pireos street annex, Athens (GR)

Poussin, Galerie Ruzicska///Weiss, Düsseldorf (DE)

À y regarder de prés, Espace d’art Contemporain G. Fayet, Sérignan (FR)

Volumen, Kunstraum, Düsseldorf (DE)

Avenirs de Villes /Future for cities, Nancy 2005 (FR)

Arco Madrid (ES)

Resistenze, Villa de BankFounation, Enschede (NL)


Vor Ort, Garash galeria, Mexico City (MX)



Jubiläums Stiftung der Sparkasse Neuss (DE)

Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Düsseldorf / Neuss (DE)


Kunststiftung NRW, Düsseldorf, (DE)


Espace d’art contemporain HEC, Paris (FR)


Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (FR)

Ambassade de Grèce en France, Paris (FR)


Reisestipendium, Istanbul; Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf (DE)


DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst), Bonn (DE)



L’ASPIRATEUR, Contemporary art space, Narbonne (FR)


Gast Atelier, Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Neuss (DE)


Espace d’art contemporain HEC, Paris (FR)