Lia Kazakou, Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 19 3/4 × 23 3/4".

Lia Kazakou

Donopoulos International Fine Arts

Lia Kazakou, Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 19 3/4 × 23 3/4".

To what extent can beauty be convincing in contemporary figurative painting? After a century filled with so many examples of distorted and fragmented depictions of the human figure, any encounter with a classic, balanced sense of beauty seems almost suspicious, particularly if transmitted through a technique that is reminiscent of old-master paintings. Such is the case with Thessaloniki-based painter Lia Kazakou, whose paintings ask, What context does beauty need to make us feel it is true?

Details such as the shadows produced by a fold in a jacket or the ornamental abundance of a flower pattern on a dress draw the eye into Kazakou’s paintings. The human figure was at the heart of her most recent exhibition, but little was visible of the figures themselves in the sixteen paintings on display, all Untitled, oil on canvas, and dated from the past three years. Only in two cases did

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