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Melanie Ann Prapopoulos

Upcoming Exhibits:
Basel at Boulan – Solo Exhibit – South Beach, Fl. Dec. 2010

Solo Exhibits:
Ico Gallery- Explorations – Solo Exhibit – N.Y. Dec. 2- 21, 2008.
Broadway Gallery. N.Y. December 21, 2007 – Jan. 3, 2008
Kaya. New Jersey – December 16 – 24, 2007
Gallery 24. New York, April 4 – April 27, 2007
Gallery 24. Berlin, Germany. November, 2006
Gallery Café. Paros, Greece. August- September 2005
Thyra Texnis. Athens, Greece. October 7-21 2005


Group Exhibits:
Satellite – Art and Design - Miami Art Space. Miami, Fl. Dec. 3-6, 2009.
Abstraction – Bruce Tolman Gallery. Miami, Fl. January 2010.
A Million Little Pictures – TBA. January – March, 2010.
A Million Little Pictures. – Atlanta, Georgia. September 25, 2009.
Hilltop Exhibition. New Jersey. October, 2009.
Andrews Art Museum – Andrews, North Carolina. October, 2009.
Carrousel Du Louvre – Group Exhibition – Paris, France. October 2009.
Imaginary Journeys – Ferrara, Italy. Oct.24 – Nov. 1, 2009.
Museum of the Americas – Miami, Florida. July 10 – 24, 2009
World Art Expo 09 – California. June 7-17, 2009.
San Valentino XII – Italy. February 11- 15, 2009
Art: Raw Gallery – New York. February 19 – March 21, 2009.
Bonicos Galler - Little Treasures. Athens, Greece. Dec. 13 – Jan. 10, 2009.
Agora Gallery – The Odyssey Within. New York. December 12 – Jan. 2, 2009
Ferrara Musuem of the Estense Castle – Traces of Memory. Italy. Nov. 29 – Dec, 7, 2008.
Cultural Assocaition Granada Spain – Fine Arts International. Spain – August, 2008
Gallery Lanin – Gallery Nights. Buenos Aires, Argentina. August, 2008
Little Treasures, Galleria De’ Marchi. Bologna, Italy. May 10 – 24, 2008.
Icosahedron Gallery. New York. March 4- April 20, 2008.
Agora Gallery-The Odyssey Within. New York. Dec. 14 -Jan. 3, 2008
Miami Scope – Miami, Florida. December 2007.
Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy. Dec 1- 10, 2007.
Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair. Istanbul – November 29 – Dec. 2, 2007.
Art For Progress – Group Exhibit – NewYork – Nov. 2007
“Spirit. The Spirit in Art” – Ferrara, Italy, November 2007
Bellearte Lamia. Lamia, Greece – November 2007
China International Gallery Exposition – Beijing, China. May 2007.
Art- Basel. Miami, Florida. December – 2006.
4th International Art Festival. Crete, Greece – November -2006.
Agora Gallery. Chelsea, New York, June 28 – July 21, 2006.
Works on Paper – Flux Factory – L.I.C., N.Y. – May 2006


Museums & Collections:
City of Patras, Greece
Museum of Lamia, Lamia Greece.
City of Puglia, Italy.
AmericanCollege of Greece Gallery. Athens, Greece.
Antonio Gualda Museum – Mexico City, Mexico.
The Museum of the Americas – Miami, Florida, USA.
The Andrews Museum – Andrews, North Carolina, U.S.A.
The 1800 Club, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Think Properties – NYC. U.S.A.
Boulan South Beach, South Beach, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.


Awards:
Manhatten Arts – The Healing Power of Art- 2008.
Grenada, Spain. – Fine Arts International – 2008.
Puglia, Italy – Premio San Valentino 2009. Targa della Regione Puglia.


Reviews:
Ann Landi, New York, N.Y. 2009.
Trip. Patras, Greece. July. 2009.
ArtisSpectrum Magazine. Nov. 2008.
D’art. Florence, Italy, March 2008.
Chris Brunelle. New York, February 2008.
N.Y. Arts Magazine. New York, February 2008.
Paola Trevisan, Ferrara, Italy. November 2007
Art Mine. www.art-mine.com
Gallery & Studio. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
ArtNYC. New York, N.Y.
Gallery Guide.Com N.Y.
Art Critique Gallery and Forums. N.Y.
Gotham’s Gazette’s Community Gazettes.
New York Craiglist.
British Embassy in New York


Biography:
Born in Surrey, England grew up in New Jersey, U.S.A and currently divides time between the States and Greece.

Education:
Bachelors of Arts, New York University, 1998.
Masters of Arts, University of Indianapolis, 2002.
Melanie Ann Prapopoulos

Solo Exhibits:
Ico Gallery- Explorations – Solo Exhibit – N.Y. Dec. 2- 21, 2008.
Broadway Gallery. N.Y. December 21, 2007 – Jan. 3, 2008
Kaya. New Jersey – December 16 – 24, 2007
Gallery 24. New York, April 4 – April 27, 2007
Gallery 24. Berlin, Germany. November, 2006
Gallery Cafe. Paros, Greece. August- September 2005.
Thyra Texnis. Athens, Greece. October 7-21 2005

Group Exhibits:
Satellite – Art and Design - Miami Art Space. Miami, Fl. Dec. 3-6, 2009.
Abstraction – Bruce Tolman Gallery. Miami, Fl. January 2010.
A Million Little Pictures – TBA. January – March, 2010.
A Million Little Pictures. – Atlanta, Georgia. September 25, 2009.
Hilltop Exhibition. New Jersey. October, 2009.
Andrews Art Museum – Andrews, North Carolina. October, 2009.
Carrousel Du Louvre – Group Exhibition – Paris, France. October 2009.
Imaginary Journeys – Ferrara, Italy. Oct.24 – Nov. 1, 2009.
Museum of the Americas – Miami, Florida. July 10 – 24, 2009
World Art Expo 09 – California. June 7-17, 2009.
San Valentino XII – Italy. February 11- 15, 2009
Art: Raw Gallery – New York. February 19 – March 21, 2009.
Bonicos Galler - Little Treasures. Athens, Greece. Dec. 13 – Jan. 10, 2009.
Agora Gallery – The Odyssey Within. New York. December 12 – Jan. 2, 2009
Ferrara Musuem of the Estense Castle – Traces of Memory. Italy. Nov. 29 – Dec, 7, 2008.
Cultural Assocaition Granada Spain – Fine Arts International. Spain – August, 2008
Gallery Lanin – Gallery Nights. Buenos Aires, Argentina. August, 2008
Little Treasures, Galleria De’ Marchi. Bologna, Italy. May 10 – 24, 2008.
Icosahedron Gallery. New York. March 4- April 20, 2008.
Agora Gallery-The Odyssey Within. New York. Dec. 14 -Jan. 3, 2008
Miami Scope – Miami, Florida. December 2007.
Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy. Dec 1-10, 2007.
Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair. Istanbul – November 29 – Dec. 2, 2007.
Art For Progress – Group Exhibit – NewYork – Nov. 2007
“Spirit. The Spirit in Art” – Ferrara, Italy, November 2007
Bellearte Lamia. Lamia, Greece – November 2007
China International Gallery Exposition – Beijing, China. May 2007.
Art- Basel. Miami, Florida. December – 2006.
4th International Art Festival. Crete, Greece – November -2006.
Agora Gallery. Chelsea, New York, June 28 – July 21, 2006.
Works on Paper – Flux Factory – L.I.C., N.Y. – May 2006

Museums & Collections:
City of Patras, Greece
Museum of Lamia, Lamia Greece.
City of Puglia, Italy.
AmericanCollege of Greece Gallery. Athens, Greece.
Antonio Gualda Museum – Mexico City, Mexico.
The Museum of the Americas – Miami, Florida, USA.
The Andrews Museum – Andrews, North Carolina, U.S.A.
The 1800 Club, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Think Properties – NYC. U.S.A.
Boulan South Beach, South Beach, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Awards:
Manhatten Arts – The Healing Power of Art- 2008.
Grenada, Spain. – Fine Arts International – 2008.
Puglia, Italy – Premio San Valentino 2009. Targa della Regione Puglia.

Reviews:
Ann Landi, New York, N.Y. 2009.
Trip. Patras, Greece. July. 2009.
ArtisSpectrum Magazine. Nov. 2008.
D’art. Florence, Italy, March 2008.
Chris Brunelle. New York, February 2008.
N.Y. Arts Magazine. New York, February 2008.
Paola Trevisan, Ferrara, Italy. November 2007
Art Mine. www.art-mine.com
Gallery & Studio. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
ArtNYC. New York, N.Y.
Gallery Guide.Com N.Y.
Art Critique Gallery and Forums. N.Y.
Gotham’s Gazette’s Community Gazettes.
New York Craiglist.
British Embassy in New York

Biography:
Born in Surrey, England grew up in New Jersey, U.S.A and currently divides time between the States and Greece.

Education:
Bachelors of Arts, New York University, 1998.
Masters of Arts, University of Indianapolis, 2002.


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ARTIST MELANIE PRAPOPOULOS SELECTED TO CREATE ART PIECES FOR THE NEWEST ART DECO DEVELOPMENT BOULAN SOUTH BEACH

MIAMI (August 23, 2010)-Melanie Ann Prapopoulos brings years of experience creating beautiful works of art from all over the world to Boulan South Beach. With a Bachelors of Arts from New York University and a Masters of Arts from the University of Indianapolis, Melanie is considered an authority in the art world emerging as a fully mature painter with a natural flair for color. Splitting her time between the United States and Greece, Melanie derives inspiration from some of the most beautiful places on earth. She has received reviews from prestigious critics in the art world, giving her well-deserved credibility as an artist. Her work has been displayed in over six countries, evoking an array of emotions on every continent. Melanie adds her own spin, innovatively carrying out ideas from earlier generations. She describes her creation method as a “trancelike state” in which she unconsciously becomes a channel for ideas and actions. This mysterious force beyond nature has said to govern various prestigious abstract artists since the 1950’s. Melanie says, “working in the abstract allows greater freedom to explore depths that reality often disallows due to the very nature of reality being something tangible – whereas the abstract is, open, free, and yields to a myriad of interpretations,” expressing her individuality and passion for abstract art. Melanie’s interests go beyond visual art and will soon pursue a PhD in world literature in order to establish connections between Harlem Renaissance and Latin American poets and painters. Awarded for her works of art in New York, Spain, and Italy, there is no better place to host such a fine selection than Boulan South Beach. This artist’s natural talents have travelled a long way to the beaches of Miami and picking the ideal location for these works of art was no simple task. Three of Prapopoulos’ works will be displayed between the elevators on the 5th floor of Boulan South Beach. The spontaneity and creative flair that her work contributes to the development will surely never turn away guests and residents from admiring Download Boulan Press Release in pdf format
artist statement
Statement:
…a magical reality where everything – clear and true, outside time and space, ‘beyond all physical and palpable reality,’ a mirror, which deforms life, an instant reflected – is possible. Francisco Goya

I believe that an artist has something to say or to point out, both to the artist or the viewer – but I also feel that the artist must - once having completed a work step away and allow the work to stand for itself. By doing this – the viewer is able to step into the text of a work and explore it through the fields of their imagination thereby rendering a unique experience based on the individual interpretation of each viewer. Too often, an artist influences the interpretation of a work, and I believe this limits the universality that artworks should offer the viewer. I also believe in the melding and mixing of color – with color being that which will ultimately present the viewer an experience of emotional revelation. This reality enters an emotional plane presenting the viewer an opportunity to witness an often-uncomplimentary expression that manages to balance itself through the interpretation of the viewer. I also find that working in the abstract allows greater freedom to explore depths that reality often disallows due to the very nature of reality being something tangible – whereas the abstract is, open, free, and yields to a myriad of interpretations. Art should also be accessible and not so academic that only a select few can find entrance to an artistic text. The message intended should not need in depth research – but on the contrary – immediate reaction; and that reaction should be what merits the quality of the work. Art should also mirror life – and not necessarily only the dilemmas that onslaught our days, but on occasion offer some sort of release or escape. Often in my work, I find the addition of mixed media to a canvas can add some ‘light’, some ‘humor’ and sometimes just a glimmer of a sparkle – that sparkle representing that eternal expectation of the better. All of this is achieved by color – color being the most important aspect of an abstract text. If the colors are warm and welcoming, then that is the message that the work presents: here in this painting vignette – is an emotion – warm and welcoming. If arbitrary colors appear forced, or are not what is expected to work – but do – then that message begs the viewer to question apparent opposites that just may no longer be opposite. If the colors are muted and hesitant – so too is the message, ultimately though it all depends on the needs of the viewer: art should give the viewer the permission to appreciate and interpret based on internal expectations and experiences. Finally, with the majority of works presented here dancing in the realm of the abstract, one needs to take the time, slow down and wait for the work to come and ‘speak’ to the viewer. This slowing down of perception and appreciation is when the idea of art as a mirror of magic enters the artistic text and stimulates the sought after emotional experience. True we see color first and are attracted to that –initially – but what holds us is what the color invokes.
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