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

    Lia Kazakou

    Donopoulos International Fine Arts

    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

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