Working primarily with watercolor, Marianna Ignataki’s practice enables her to enter a vague, subliminal world, filled with images of her own mythology. Her work ranges from minimalistic scenes and portraits to exaggerated, kitsch, Rococo inspired compositions.
Ignataki works from archival material related to history, art and fashion, which she uses unaltered or digitally edited. Through the fluidity of her material, her images are constantly redefined, thus revealing the initial cause for choosing them as departure points. In collage-like evolving projects, Ignataki constructs ambiguous, surrealistic scenes, playing with the notion of the absurd, by combining seemingly heterogeneous elements, which are subtly linked through compositional elements. By adding unexpected details, often with a sense of dark humour, the initial meaning of seemingly normal scenes is inverted or perverted, resulting to ironic, bizarre and grotesque situations.
Ignataki was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and holds a DNSEP (National Superior Diploma of Plastic Expression) in Fine Arts from the Saint-Etienne Fine Art School, France. She lives and works in Beijing, China and Thessaloniki, Greece.

solo exhibitions:

2017 : ‘Josie, The Armor and the Hairman, CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery (Athens, Greece)
2012 :
‘The end of magic’, Outpost project space (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) text by Zandie Brockett.
2011 :
‘Sphinx’, Fake Space gallery (Beijing, China) curated by Meng Jin, text by Areti Leopoulou
2009 : ‘This joke ain’t funny anymore’,  Zina Athanassiadou gallery  (Thessaloniki, Greece) curated by Apostolos Kalfopoulos
2008 : ‘Coitus Interruptus’ (dual show with Rania Emmanouilidou), Public Room project space (Skopje, F.Y.R.O.M) curated by Marina Athanassiadou
2004 : ‘Marianna Ignataki’ Fleming gallery in collaboration with Lola Nikolaou gallery (Thessaloniki, Greece) curated by Thalea Stefanidou

group exhibitions:

2015 : ‘Kenophobia’ group exhibition at CAN Christina Androulidaki gallery (Athens, Greece)
2015 : ‘Reverse the Perspective: An Exhibition of Foreign Artists in China’, Xiangsi Art Museum, (Tianjin, China)
2014 : ‘
Superfold’ group exhibition at Intelligentsia gallery (Beijing, China)
2014 : 
China Art Industry Expo 2014, Song Zhuang Art Center, Tongzhou (Beijing, China)
2014 : ‘Dialog between Chinese and international artists, Taihang-Huang shan’, Renmin University Museum (Beijing, China)
2014 : ‘Eagerland’, Yan Huang Art Museum (Beijing, China)
2014 : ‘Temptation’, Showroom Caochangdi (Beijing, China)
2014 : Pan Rooms, Pantocrator gallery (Barcelona, Spain)
2014 : Visiting Artists Open Studios, 18th Street Arts Center (Los Angeles, USA)
2013 : Zina Athanassiadou gallery artists at the MET (Thessaloniki, Greece)
2013 : Swab art fair, Pantocrator gallery (Barcelona, Spain)
2013: ‘Empty Vanity’ part of CYAP Theme Exhibition, Galaxy Soho (Beijing, China)
2013 : ‘On Paper’ group show, Showroom (Beijing, China)
2012 : Amsterdam Showcase art fair, Pantocrator gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
2012 : Berliner Liste art fair, Pantocrator gallery (Berlin, Germany)
2012 : Swab art fair, Pantocrator gallery (Barcelona, Spain)
2012 : ‘Women’s lines’, Pantocrator gallery (Barcelona, Spain)
2011 : Beijing Design Week (Beijing, China)
2010 : ’La Surprise’, ‘La Surprise’ studio (Paris, France)
2009 : ‘The Beautiful is just the first degree of the Terrible’, State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece) curated by Apostolos Kalfopoulos.
2009 : Art Athina art fair, Zina Athanassiadou gallery (Athens, Greece)
2008 : ‘Women only’- Leonidas Beltsios collection, Margaris Foundation (Amfilochia, Greece) curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis.
2008 : ‘Neoerotica Boudoir Street stories, Margaris Foundation (Amfilochia, Greece) and Action Field Kodra -08 (Thessaloniki, Greece) curated by Eleni Garoufalia.
2008 : Art Athina art fair, Zina Athanassiadou gallery (Athens, Greece)
2008 13. Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Bari, Italy)
2007 : ‘Fresco and salty 03’, Margaris Foundation (Amfilochia, Greece) and Action field Kodra-07, 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece) curated by Areti Leopoulou.
2006 : ‘Ρέον Ύδωρ’ (‘Reon Ydor’), Telloglion Foundation of Art (Thessaloniki, Greece)
2005 : ‘Οι Αρχόμενοι’ (‘I Arhomeni’), Loraini Alimantiri Gazonrouge gallery (Athens, Greece)
2005 : Action field Kodra-05 (Thessaloniki, Greece)
2005 : ‘10 texts and 15 works for Odysseas ‘, Mylos gallery (Thessaloniki, Greece)
2004 : Art Athina art fair, Loraini Alimantiri Gazonrouge gallery (Athens, Greece)
2003 : ‘Open studios 02’, Moni Lazariston, State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece)
2003 : Action field Kodra-03, Thessaloniki, Greece.
2003 : Self-portrait’, winners of the Self-portrait competition (2.prize), organized by Rotary club Saint-Etienne est, La Serre (Saint Etienne, France)
2002 : Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale, Chateau des Brunneaux (Firminy, France)

projects

2016: CD cover for album ‘The past is already here’ by Sleepin Pillow, designed by Apostolos Rizos
2014 :
June 9-20 ‘Art Talk in the Taihang mountains’ event, sponsored by the Art News platform ‘Art China’, the China National Academy of Painting and the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China.
2014 : June 7, performance ’69 Peanuts’ by Ai Feima 爱飞马 (Alice Dittmar – Marianna Ignataki) at Ying gallery, Beijing Caochangdi.
2014 : January-February, Artist in Residence at the 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles, USA
2013 : Boules’ wine label for Vaeni Winery/ Gea Trade, creative director Alex Charalampidis
2009 : Hellenic Fabrics/ Illustration project for Designers United agency 

education:

2003 : French State Visual Art Scholarship.
2003 : DNSEP: National Superior Diploma of Plastic Expression, in Fine Art, at the Saint-Etienne Fine Art School, France.
2001 : DNAP: National Diploma of Plastic Arts, in Fine Art, at the Saint-Etienne Fine Art School, France.
1996-1997 :  Architectural courses at the Vienna Technical University, Vienna, Austria.