“I don’t know how
But suddenly there is no darkness left at all
The sun has poured itself inside me
From a thousand wounds.”
– Nikoforos Vretakos
I have gone full circle.
For the first twenty years as a young artist I created large narrative bas-relief figurative sculptures. Working in such a large format required tremendous physical tenacity, which took its toll and, as if by “plan”, brought me back to where my art began many years ago. Over the last two decades, drawing and painting, line and color, contemplative compositions have become my ‘voice’ again.
My recent drawings and paintings from the last two decades have been a personal journey of uncovering and revealing pathways, windows and portals of light and of spirit. Inspired by the Byzantine process of iconography, my paintings have adopted the multi-layered application of paint starting from the darkest value finishing with the lightest value. My painting process is a tenacious pilgrimage on a quest to reveal the light in my works.
These days, when I face my canvas, I seem to be standing on a precipice. I am a witness to voyeuristic conversations exchanged between my mind, my heart and my artist hand. Each new work has illuminated another section of a path that takes me further into un-chartered visceral silence. Creating these works has become a wordless cry to find my way back home again.
I am grateful.
~Angelica Sotiriou, 2017
Contemplative Narrative Paintings
(Acrylic on Canvas)
1974 – Currently
Angelica Sotiriou holds a Masters of Arts degree and a Masters of Fine Arts degree graduating Cum Laude from the University of California at Los Angeles. Angelica studied under the tutelage of artists Lee Mullican, Laddie John Dill, Tom Wudl and Ian Colverson.
Angelica Sotiriou has been exhibiting her art and teaching art in Los Angeles and the greater communities of California for over four decades. She has worked as a sculptor, creating narrative figurative bas-reliefs and currently creating large “contemplative narrative” acrylic paintings. Her works are in private and public collections of various individuals and organizations, of which are, The Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, (Los Angeles), Kim Wang and Associates, (New York), Linda Balahoutis (New York), Orange County Art Museum, The Terranea Resort (Palos Verdes), The Francisco Martinez Dance Theater (Los Angeles), Jerry Bruckheimer (Los Angeles) and Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (Redondo Beach).
She has exhibited her works in various venues worthy of mentioning. Those art venues are; Takeuchi Galleries (Los Angeles Artwalk), The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, HAMA(Venice), Boritzer/Gray Gallery(Santa Monica), Sam Francis Gallery(Santa Monica), The Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Center, RE Congress (Anaheim), Fuller Theological Seminary, Brehm (Pasadena), Occidental College, The California State Universities of-Los Angeles, Dominguez, Fullerton, The Universities-U.C.L.A., UC Santa Cruz, Art Centers- The Irvine Fine Arts Center, Palos Verdes (Beckstrand), SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center, Venice) , The Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, L.A., San Francisco Art Institute, Colleges-El Camino College and College of the Canyons.
Angelica has been an active and exhibiting artist in the San Pedro community since 2001, showing at Studio 343, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Findings, White Box Gallery, VTB Studio and 2nd. Floor Gallery. Angelica currently has a studio/gallery (Loft2, 2nd. Floor Gallery) in San Pedro and recently/currently served(s) as Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, artist-in-residence and public artist for the Arts Council for the city of Long Beach, Angels Gate Cultural Arts Center-Artist Residency, Art consultant for Professional Development Programs for LAUSD, Cerritos Arts Center, The Getty, LACMA, MOCA and art specialist for Angels Gate High, Wildwood, Crossroads and the Port of Los Angeles High.