Martha Zmpounou

Martha Zmpounou is a visual artist and a lecturer (University of the Arts London) based in London. She holds a degree in Fine arts and an MA in Painting from Aristotle University of Finearts (Greece) and an MA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art (UK).

She is a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors and she has been awarded several awards including the Cass Art award, the St Cuthbert Mill watercolor prize, the De Laszlo Foundation Award from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Ashurst Emerging artist Prize. Her work has been exhibited and published widely in the UK, Sweden, Germany and Greece. Some of her exhibitions in the UK include Artworks open, National Open Art Competition, Jerwood Drawing Price, the Royal society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Institute of Watercolor Painters, The Sunday Times Watercolor Exhibition, the Royal Society of British artists, The Threadneedle Prize, the Discerning Eye, Modern Panic III, Xhibit and AOI’s best of British Illustration Images 35. Her work was selected to be published several times at Aesthetica’s annuals, Creative Works, ArtMaze Magazine and Create Magazine.

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“My work revolves around the idea of the human figure and portrait as a space of expression and exposure. I see the human body as a fragmented yet multifaceted entity, an outcome of a process of layering. Working mostly on paper, this layering process is usually expressed with the use of a mix of water-based media, where the artworks are driven forward by the medium’s inherent qualities, its fluid and transparent nature. It is a mode of work that embraces accidental bleeds, unfinished or seemingly underdeveloped areas, next to others meticulously developed in detail.”