b. 1978, Athens, Greece

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA





2006 MA, Art in Context, University of Fine Arts Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2002 BA, Visual Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece

1998 Technical Institute for Marketing and Publicity, Athens, Greece



Selected Solo Exhibitions



SHOUT!, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY



Despina Stokou: GHOSTING, Eigen + Art, Leipzig, Germany

Auto-Correct, Derek Eller Gallery, off-site exhibition, Los Angeles, CA 



Only Tomatoes and Horses, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

The royal we, EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin, Germany



Despina Stokou, Galerie Krobath, Vienna, Austria

bulletproof, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Delusions of Grandeur / Größenwahn, Galerie Krobath, Berlin, Germany



Dear Gallery, Galerie Krobath, Vienna, Austria



Dirty Dozen, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany

Afterlife Afterhours, Appartement, Berlin, Germany



Accidental Woman, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece



The Fall of the Haddo Estate and Other Stories, Hermann & Wagner, Berlin, Germany



The Fall of the Haddo Estate, Apt Gallery, London, England



Selected Group Exhibitions



Pictura + Poesis, Kunstverein Gera, Gera, Germany 

Reveal the Rats, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA 

Spaghetti Code, curated by Tony Lewis and Joe Reihsen, Viewing Room, Los Angeles, CA

Group show: Sadie Bening, Marcel Eichner, Despina Stokou, Dean Levin, curated by Carole Server, Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain



Is This a Connection?, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

Womanhouse, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York 

RE(a)D, curated by Ryan Steadman, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, NY 



Redefining Modernity, Art in Embassies, United States of America Embassy, Berlin, Germany

Private View, Ibid., Los Angeles, CA

Horror Vacui, Gagosian Gallery, Athens, Greece



ReMap 4, All Masters at the Swing Door, Athens, Greece

Painting Forever!, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Why Painting Now?, cruated by Gerwald Rockenschaub, Galerie Krobath, Vienna, Austria

BERLIN.STATUS [2], Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin Germany



Sweet Distemper, curated by Isaac Lyles, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Parts & Services, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY



Wiener Innen Aussen, Wonderloch-Kellerland, Berlin, Germany

Search & Destroy, Mikael Andersen Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Auction for Athens Pride, Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece



Hostile Aesthetic Takeover, Appartement, Berlin, Germany

Available Works, hbc, Berlin, Germany

Girl Overkill II, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany



Kim Whan- Ki International Art Festival, Seoul, South Korea

Personal-Political 2, Thessaloniki Biennalle, Greece

Culture Industry, VOX, Athens, Greece



Donna Martin Graduates!, Exereunitis Gallery, Athens, Greece

Old News 4, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

You Can Never Go Home Again, Raab Galerie, Berlin, Germany



Meatspace, Action Field Kodra 2007, Kalamaria, Salonica, Greece

True Romance, Breeder Gallery, Athens

Radiations, curated by Rallou Panagiotou at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow 

Emergency Room, Contemporary Art Center Ileana Tounta, Athens, Greece

Video Vaka, galleriBox, Akureyri, Island



F(acts)igures, Artwalk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visions 2006, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece

Anonymous Drawers, Blüttenweiss Gallery, Berlin, Germany 



London in Six Easy Steps, B+B ICA, London, England



DIY Urbanism, First Sideshow Event Salon, Hurwundeki Art Space, London, England

Gute Söhne Gute Töchter, Galerie am Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany






Heinrich, Will. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week.” 27 Oct. 2016. Print/Web. 

Binlot, Ann. “5 Works To Check Out at Art Los Angeles Contemporary.” Forbes 30 Jan. 2016. Web. 

“Collectors Susan and Michal Hort’s Picks From Art Los Angeles Contemporary and Beyond.” Artspace 30 Jan. 2016. Web. 

Adams, Lisa. “Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2016: Through the Eyes of a Painter.” Huffingtonpost 29 Jan. 2016. Web. 

Gittlen, Ariela. “Ahead of ALAC, How Los Angeles Is Fostering the Next Generation of Emerging Artists.” Artsy 20 Jan. 2016. Web. 



Binlot, Ann. “Modern Vocabulary: Emojis Become Muse in Despina Stokou’s Exhibition, ‘Ghosting’.” Forbes 18 Nov. 2015. Web. 



Indrisek, Scott. “Despina Stokou Paints With Wit (And Data).” Blouin Art Info 9 Dec. 2014. Web. 

SPH. “50 Women Artists Worth Watching.” Art + Auction Sep. 2014. Print. 

Wahjudi, Claudian. “Der kunterbute Overkill.” Zitty 1 May 2014: 70-72. Print. 

Berner, Ingrmard. “Heiligenscheine auf Playboy-Seiten.” Berliner Zeitung 16 Apr. 2014: 29. Print.

Molitor, Noemi. “Wortmalerei im World Wide Web: Der virtuelle Raum als Bildraum + Interview.” Taz 10 Apr. 2014: 15. Print. 

Kiyoizumi, AJ. “Exhibition: Despina Stokou’s Installation Paintings.” BerlinArtLink 15 Apr. 2014. Web. 



Smith, Roberta. "Despina Stokou: bulletproof.” The New York Times 15 Mar. 2013. Print.

Baker, R.C.. "Despina Stokou: bulletproof.” The Village Voice 13 Mar. 2013. Print.

"Biopic: Despina Stokou.” Modern Painters Feb. 2013. Print. 

Bronner, Julian Elias. "Sweet Distemper.” Artforum Aug. 2013. Print. 

Indrisek, Scott. "Sweet Distemper @ Derek Eller.” Modern Painters Daily 25 Jul. 2013. Web.

Schjeldahl, Peter. "Sweet Distemper.” The New Yorker 23 Jul. 2013. Print. 






DAAD Study Scholarship for Artists



Sokrates Erasmus Scholarship Berlin Weissensee




Scholarships for Excellence of Performance, Athens School of Fine Arts



Scholarship for Excellence, College for Marketing and Publicity, Athens