Chrysa Romanos (1931-2006) was an important proponent of the expatriate Greek post-war avant-garde, a number of whom settled in Paris in the 1960s and 1970s. Romanos lived in France from 1961-1981 and this afforded her with the opportunity to dialogue with the current artistic trends of the time, and more specifically with the Nouveaux Realistes, who were very influential for some of the generation of Greek artists born in the 1930. Yet Chrysa developed her own style, and the content of her work very often went before the primarily formal concerns of the movement, also engaging in a stringent socio-political critique of the crises of the day.
Chrysa’s oeuvre spanned several media, including also: painting, monotype collage & décollage, sculpture, and silkscreen. Selected exhibitions include: Zygos, Athens (1958); Desmos, Athens (1981); Budapest Galeria (with Nikos Kessanlis) Budapest (1996); Engraving Biennale, Ljubljana (1961); Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris (1965); Sao Paolo Biennale (1965, 1994); Museum of Modern Art, Lund, Sweden (1967); Bonino, New York (1972); Salon de Mai, Paris (1973, 1974, 1976); Maison de la Culture, St Étienne (1977); Europalia, Brussels, Βelgium (1982); Memories-Recreations-Quests, National Gallery, Athens (1985); Transformations of Modern Art, National Gallery, Athens (1992); Women Beyond Borders, Antikenmuseum, Basel (1997); Chartographers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (1997); Istanbul Biennial (1997); The Years of Defiance: The Art of the ’70s in Greece, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2005-2006).
From the series Luna Park International, 1965, (detail)
Collage on canvas, 134 x 164 cm