Eleni Daferera

Born in Athens, Greece, Helen Daferera is a visual artist, architect, and interior designer. A graduate of the National Technical University of Athens, School of Architecture, she also attended London Guildhall University, School of Art, Architecture, and Design, as well as the open studio on graphic arts and printmaking techniques by the renowned Austrian artist Gunter Damisch in the Fine Arts Academy of Vienna (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien). \nDaferera developed her artistic practice, which includes drawing, painting, and collage making, between Athens, Greece, London, U.K., and Vienna, Austria where she also collaborated with Kulturkontakt Austria offering visual arts and architecture workshops. She now lives and works in New York City and Paros Island, in Greece, where she exhibits her artwork both in solo and group exhibitions. Recently, Daferera has also been extending her practice in the realm of book illustrations.\nDaferera’s subject matter ranges from figurative to town-scapes. Her work is directly influenced by her background in design and theater which allows her to create an imaginative, vivid, and tactile universe on each sheet. The artist’s collages present a fascinating layering technique that gives her works a strong sense of depth and movement. No one figure or island cityscape appears completely still. Her use of varying colors and textures, whether those are printed or physical, adds to the strong visual effect of her otherwise intimately-scaled works. Every piece draws the viewer in and calls their eyes to trace along her forms leading the mind into the intricacies of her visual world.