Both artists and children use ‘playing’ in order to realize themselves. With this in mind I focus my work in imaginary representations with children’s elements where I try to live moments of this realization. In this case when my work communicates with its audience the real unfolds narratives and applications to the imaginary.
Sofia Vlazaki was born in Khania- Crete in 1978. Y. Markantonakis in Khania and Argyris and Fotou and Stefos in Athens were her first teachers in Painting and Drawing.
From 1996 till 2000 she studied Fine Art: Painting at the Fine Art School of Cardiff in Wales. During the academic year 2000- ’01 she was teaching Painting at the Municipal Cultural Workshop of Khania.
She continued with postgraduate studies in Drawing (2001-’02- Wimbledon School of Art), in Illustration (2002- ’03- Plymouth College of Arts) and in Book Art (2003- ’04- Camberwell College of Arts). In 2003 she gains the Ferdynand Sweig travel scholarship to research Book Art in Tokyo.
She started to illustrate books in 2004 and in 2005 she became a tutor at T.E.I. of Athens where she teaches Book Illustration.
Since 2011 she teaches at 'September Workshop for Drawing and Painting the Nude Figure from Life' at the Cultural Space of ΙΟΧ Chania Sailing Club.
She has presented her work in solo and group shows in Greece, U.K. and Korea. Her work can be found in public and private collections.
She lives and works in Athens.
2005 - today Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Athens, Faculty of Graphic Arts & Design, Department of Graphic Design, Illustration in Graphic Design- 5th semester, Athens.
2012 Art Workshops in September for children and adults, Neorio Moro- Center for Sports and Culture- Sailing Club of Chania, Khania- Crete.
2011 Summer Academy for Drawing and Painting with life model for teenagers, young people and adults, Neorio Moro- Center for Sports and Culture- Sailing Club of Chania, Khania- Crete.
2010 ‘Printing Machines/ Technology and Myths’, lecture in collaboration with ‘Olivepress’ and the newspaper ‘Haniotika Nea’, Typography Museum of Chania, Khania- Crete.
2004 Workshop in Book Art for 4-10 years old children at Camberwell Arts Week in London and at the Municipal Cultural Workshop of Agia Paraskevi- Athens.
2000 - 2001 Municipal Art Workshop of Chania, Vila Koundourou, Khania- Crete.
1993-‘96 Life drawing studies in Khania- Crete and in Athens, Greece.
1997 Foundation Certificate in Art and Design- University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC), U.K.
1999 Painting studies at the Fine Art School of Barcelona under Erasmus Programme.
2000 BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Painting)- UWIC.
2002 MA Fine Art: Drawing- Wimbledon School of Art, London.
2003 MA Illustration: Authorial Practice- University of Plymouth, Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, U.K.
2003 ‘The Ferdynand Zweig Travel Scholarship’, University of Plymouth, Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall, U.K. - Research in Book Art in Tokyo - Japan.
2004 MA Book Arts- Camberwell College of Arts- London University of the Arts, London.
2014 ‘Imaginary conversations’, Mylonogianni gallery, Khania- Crete.
2013 ‘Imaginary Place’, the Bath- House of the Winds, Athens.
2010 ‘Childhood and Family Matters’ with Lisbeth van Deurs, Danish Institute, Athens.
2009 ‘Childhood and Family Matters’ with Lisbeth van Deurs, Villa Koundourou, Khania- Crete.
2004 ‘Meeting by chance’ with Stefanos Rokos, Art gallery ‘Ionos’, Karditsa- Greece.
2001 ‘Children and Toys’, Villa Koundourou, Khania - Crete.
2013 ‘Murals’, Platsakis Vassilis & Co Woodworks, Khania- Crete.
2013 ‘paper, scissors, stone’, Mare gallery, Agia Marina- Khania- Crete.
2012 ’round/in/space’ along with Marika Konstantinidou in ’p_public festival’, Khania- Crete.
2012 ‘...and great death fell upon...‘, Splantzia Square, Khania- Crete.
2012 ‘An Instant Forever, Portraits & Landscapes from the Permanent Collection of the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania‘, Municipal Gallery of Chania, Khania- Crete.
2011 ‘images of gender; woman as lover, mother & professional’, Dourakis Winery, Khania- Crete.
2011 ‘Painters Paint the Dream‘, Gallery Ersi, Athens.
2010 ‘DFX’, Cultural Center of Ermoupolis, Ermoupolis.
2010 Art & Technology: Man and Machine’, Olivepress, Khania.
2010 ‘Black Jack: 21 Artists’, Casino Rodos, Rodos.
2010 ’52 Contemporary Artists of Khania’, The Municipal Gallery of Khania, Khania and Ermoupoleia, Ermoupolis.
2009 ‘Little Treasures’, Bonicos gallery, Athens.
2007 ‘East and West, Art Space ‘7th Sight’, Khania- Crete.
2007 ‘One Love, 7 Colours and a Wolf’, International Book Exhibition- EKEBI, Thessaloniki and at the exhibition space of the book publishers ‘Metaichmio’, Athens.
2007 ‘The Golden Age’, a.antonopoulou.art gallery, Athens also at the Spiritual Centre of Ermoupolis, Syros.
2006 ‘1st Competition of Children’s Books Illustration’, Aggelon Vima, Athens.
2004 ‘LAB ‘04‘, London Artists Book Fair, ICA, London.
2004 ‘MA Book Arts Final Show’, Camberwell College of Arts, London.
2004 ‘1st Seoul International Book Arts Fair’, Seoul- Korea.
2003 ‘MA Illustration: Authorial Practice Final Show’, Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall.
2003 ‘OIKADE’, Rethymnon Arts Cenrte, show room ‘Melina Merkouri’, Athens.
2003 ‘The Dominant Subject’, Gallery ‘Trigono’, Kifisia- Athens & Chios.
2002 ‘Artists from Khania- May 2002’, The Municipal Gallery of Khania.
2002 ‘MA Fine Art Final Show’, Wimbledon School of Art, London.
2002 ‘Prospects 2002’, Essor Gallery, London.
2002 ‘Discerning eye’, BHF Bank, London.
2000 ‘Graduates 2000’, Howard Gardens Gallery (UWIC), Cardiff- Wales.