Despina Konstantinides is a New York-based artist who has been working with oils and color nearly her entire life. She graduated from Trinity College with a degree in philosophy and received an MFA in painting from Indiana University. Drawing on her philosophical background, Konstantinides is interested in the underlying presence that holds a painting together. Investigating form that is simultaneously abstract and representational is primary to her work creating paintings that oscillate in the existential sphere. She also draws influences from Byzantine portable icons and is drawn to their ability to go past the representational, and depict the invisible mystical and sacred element.
Her paintings have been included in exceptional solo exhibitions while they have also been featured in numerous group shows at institutions such as Loft 594, Brooklyn; Queens College Art Center; the Metropolitan Club, and the Painting Center, both in New York. Her curatorial projects include the exhibition I want to tell you everything, organized in conjunction with the Long Island City Arts Open, and Grace Outreach Presents, Mentorship, at the Metropolitan Club, New York.
For several years Konstantinides co-directed the Prince Street Gallery and she has also taught at Indiana University. Her works are included in the corporate collections of both AIG and Creative Mobile Technologies, as well as numerous private collections. Konstantinides’s paintings were recently featured on the season finale of the HBO show Divorce.