She is influenced by the artists of Far East, draws her topics from life experiences and is obsessed with the circle. The painter Eleni Glyni from Ysternia makes the difference.
“I appreciate and respect the work of the past and new artists. I coincide more with certain ones of my generation and I have the sensation that we advance together. It is more interesting to walk with company”. Eleni Glyni
Since she was a child, Eleni Glyni had a facility in painting. Later, during adolescence, the desire to put her hand on design and color became a passion. In the beginning, her “hobby” made her parents feel anxious. “Those days it was natural to worry about my future and my quality of life. However, they respected and supported my choice. There is something else. Besides, my parents grew up in a place of great tradition in marble sculpture and painting, so they appreciate art”.
Therefore, her painting passion led her to the School of Fine Arts in Athens. Since then, paints and brushes became part of her daily life, like Tinos. The last six years, she spends the biggest part of the year in her hometown, Ysternia, there where she finds the time and concentration that she needs. In her atelier, the cozy and secure workshop of hers, she carries out her research which it does not take long to become a painting that will be part of a private collection somewhere in Greece, Germany and France.
Her influences derive from Asia while her favorite topics come up from her experiences. “I feel quite attached to the artists of Far East. The topics come up from my course of life. As far as the shapes are concerned, maybe I am obsessed with the circle”. The last project which was presented at the individual exhibition “Battles”, was based on a great scale, on material collected from photos-documents of current events. The images were the inspiration, the figures in the role of the warring, the art… I look at her painting and I see human figures in the center of one and only circle.
I ask her of her favorite genre: “I mostly work with oil in the carton”, she answers. Nevertheless, she is attracted by many materials, different techniques as well as cinema and music. Indeed, not a long time ago, she completed a series of paintings that will be included in the new cd of Etten. “The experience of this project was of great interest because music met with painting”.
The luster of the new is what challenges her to distinguish her creations: “the older works are always there, attached to time. The new ones make feel more enthusiastic, especially when I feel that I find out something new. As for the position that her chosen profession possesses in her heart? “Painting is my main occupation, the main mean of expression and communication. Art helps me understand life. By sorting out the issues that bother me in painting, I sort out the issues that bother me in life”.
When she does not paint, she relaxes by watching movies or listening to music. She meets with friends, surfs in the internet or she does absolutely nothing. Sometimes, she has to dream of the metropolis of the metropolis: “I imagine of living a part of my life in New York”. Present finds Eleni Glyni in Tinos with “the excellent religiosity that encloses in its core”, to envisage of “an important community of Greek and foreign artists who if at some point be in tune with each other, will create a strong cultural core in the island”, to plan her participation in group exhibitions and continue her artistic course with modesty and humility. It is early to talk about any milestones in my career. I feel ready to take risks in unfamiliar paths.
Eleni Glyni was born in Athens in 1973. She studied in the School of Fine Arts of Athens, in the F’ painting Workshop with Giannis Psychopaidis for teacher and in Portable Image – Fresco Painting Workshop with the teachers Sozos Giannoudis and Pavlos Samios. In 2006-08 she won the IKY scholarship. She has organized two individual exhibitions which she has taken part in 14 group exhibitions. She has workshops in Athens and Tinos.