b. 1978, Athens, Greece

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Education

 

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

 

2016

SHOUT!, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

 

2015

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

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

 

2014

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

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

 

2013

Despina Stokou, Galerie Krobath, Vienna, Austria

bulletproof, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

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

 

2011

Dear Gallery, Galerie Krobath, Vienna, Austria

 

2010

Dirty Dozen, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany

Afterlife Afterhours, Appartement, Berlin, Germany

 

2007

Accidental Woman, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece

 

2006

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

 

2004

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

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2016

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

 

2015 

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 

 

2014

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

Private View, Ibid., Los Angeles, CA

Horror Vacui, Gagosian Gallery, Athens, Greece

 

2013

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

 

2012

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

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

 

2011

Wiener Innen Aussen, Wonderloch-Kellerland, Berlin, Germany

Search & Destroy, Mikael Andersen Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Auction for Athens Pride, Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece

 

2010

Hostile Aesthetic Takeover, Appartement, Berlin, Germany

Available Works, hbc, Berlin, Germany

Girl Overkill II, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

 

2009

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

Personal-Political 2, Thessaloniki Biennalle, Greece

Culture Industry, VOX, Athens, Greece

 

2008

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

 

2007

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

 

2006

F(acts)igures, Artwalk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visions 2006, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece

Anonymous Drawers, Blüttenweiss Gallery, Berlin, Germany 

 

2005

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

 

2004

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

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

 

 

Bibliography

 

2016

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. 

 

2015

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

 

2014

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. 

 

2013

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. 

 

 

Awards

 

2005 

DAAD Study Scholarship for Artists

 

2001 

Sokrates Erasmus Scholarship Berlin Weissensee

 

 

1998 

Scholarships for Excellence of Performance, Athens School of Fine Arts

 

1997 

Scholarship for Excellence, College for Marketing and Publicity, Athens