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BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1947 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Lives and works in Athens, Greece.

Education

1972-73

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), Paris, France.

1965-70

Athens School of Fine Arts (ASKT), Athens, Greece.

Solo Shows

2019

Portalaki. From the Zacharias Portalakis Collection, Basilica of St. Mark, Heraklion, Greece.

2002

Manhattan 1997-2002, Pieridis Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece.

1996

Images of Silence, Papastrateion Hall, Agrinio, Greece.

Images of Silence, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece.

1995

Sofia Portalaki, Zita-Mi Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.

1992

Levels-Flights, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece.

Group Shows

2020

Armaos - Portalaki. Route for Two. Geometry - Abstraction - Art, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

2018

Armaos-Portalaki. Route for Two, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece.

2017

A Comforting Idea. Works from Viannou Gallery (Savvas Petrakis), Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos, Agios Nikolaos, Greece.

Ten Chapters. Works from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece.

2013

Polymorphies II, Ekfrasi – Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens, Greece.

2012

Group Exhibition of Cretan Painters, Municipal Olympic Art Gallery “Spyros Louis”, Maroussi, Greece.

Polymorphies, Ekfrasi – Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens, Greece.

2011

Art in Embassies, Embassy of the United States, Athens, Greece.

2009

Greek Artists, Basilica of St. Mark - Viannou Gallery, Heraklion, Greece.

On the Threshold of Two Centuries, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete - L. Kanakakis Municipal Gallery, Rethymnon, Greece.

2007

Artists from Eastern Crete 1930-2007, Museum of Cretan Ethnology Research Center - Messara Cultural Association of Crete, Voroi Tympakiou, Greece.

New Acquisitions 1992-2007, From the Collection of the National Gallery of Greece, Archeological Museum of Pyrgos, Pyrgos, Greece.

New Acquisitions 1992-2007, National Gallery of Greece, Athens, Greece.

2006

In Praise of the Olive, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA.

2004

In Praise of the Olive, Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece.

2003

Homebound, Melina Merkouri Cultural Center, Athens, Greece.

Homebound, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete - L. Kanakakis Municipal Gallery, Rethymnon, Greece.

1999

Masters and Copies, Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, Greece.

On the Crossroads of Crete, Tzamia-Krystalla Gallery, Chania, Greece.

Group Show, Polygnotos Art Gallery, Heraklion, Greece.

1998

With the Lyre and the Fiddlebow, L. Kanakakis Municipal Gallery, Rethymnon, Greece.

Greek Artists - Quests 1950-2000, L. Kanakakis Municipal Gallery, Rethymnon, Greece.

1997

Group Show, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece.

Aboard the Liner, L. Kanakakis Municipal Gallery, Rethymnon, Greece.

1995

Group Show, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece.

1993

Group Show, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece.

Group show devoted to female artists, Basilica of St. Mark, Heraklion, Greece.

1985

An Homage to the Mediterranean, Stuttgart, Germany.

1975

Panhellenic Art Exhibition, Zappeion Hall, Athens, Greece.

Books and Catalogues

2020

Styliana Galiniki, Eleftherios Ikonomou, Maria Marangou, Armaos - Portalaki. Route for Two. Geometry - Abstraction - Art, Thessaloniki: Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

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2019

Denys Zacharopoulos, Portalaki. From the Zacharias Portalakis Collection, Athens: Portalakis Collection.

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2018

Maria Marangou, Armaos – Portalaki / Route for Two, Rethymnon: Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete.

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2013

Anon., Polymorphies: Exhibition for the support of the Art Newspaper, Athens: The Art Newspaper.

2011

Daniel Smith, Art in Embassies, Athens: Embassy of the United States.

2010

Nicolas A. Vernicos and Penelope Massouri, GRtists Creators Images, Athens: Ikaros.

2009

George Thomas Georgiadis, Panagiotis Georgoudis, Greek Artists, Heraklion: Viannou Gallery.

2007

Despoina Hatzi-Valliannou, East Cretan Creators 1930-2007, Vori: Museum of Cretan Ethnology - Messara Cultural Association.

Yannis Kolokotronis, New Greek Art 1974-2004, Athens: Foundation of Thracian Art and Tradition.

Marina Lambraki-Plaka, Lina Tsikouta, New acquisitions 1992-2007: from the collections of the National Gallery, Athens: National Gallery - Museum of Alexandros Soutzos.

Chrysanthos Christou, Twentieth Century Greek Painting, Vol. III, Athens: Association for the Distribution of Useful Books.

2006

Catherine Polymerou-Kamilakis, Louisa Karapidaki, et al., In Praise of the Olive, Athens: National Printing Office.

2005

Efi Strouza, Prodromos Emfietzoglou, Eugenia Alexaki, Emfietzoglou Collection: Modern and Contemporary Greek Art, Athens: P. S. Emfietzoglou.

Dionysia Lagou, Konstantinos Zouraris, et al., Greece is Wonderful, Athens: Alef Publications LTD.

Georges Armaos, First Works, Crete: Vigla Municipal Gallery, Cultural Association of Keratokampos - Kapsala.

Natali Sakkoula, Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Greek Art. Folklore Library of Kalamata, Kalamata: Folklore Library of Kalamata.

2004

Iris Kritikou, In Praise of the Olive, Athens: Hellenic Folklore Research Center, Academy of Athens.

2003

Zoe Kosmidou, The Power of Visual Logos. Greek Women Artists, Athens: International Center for the Arts and Nature / ICAN.

Maria Marangou, Homebound: Cretan artists, Rethymnon: Rethymnon Center of Contemporary Art.

Takis Katsimandros, George Pavlopoulos, et al., Greece is Changing, s.l., s.n.

2002

Takis Mavrotas and Georges Armaos, Sofia Portalaki Manhattan 1997-2002, Athens: Pieridis Museum of Contemporary Art

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Michael Agioutantis, Michael Papadakis, et al., Open Workshops. Visual Art Tracks, Athens: Maroussi Municipal Cultural Center.

Anon., Art Days 2002, Athens: Papasotiriou SA.

1999

Peggy Kounenaki, On the Crossroads of Crete, Chania: Tzamia-Krystalla Gallery.

Maria Marangou and Marina Lambraki-Plaka, et al., Greek Artists 1950-2000, Rethymnon: Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete.

Efi Strouza, Emfietzoglou Collection: Modern and Contemporary Greek Art, Athens: P. S. Emfietzoglou.

Lena Orfanou (ed.), Dictionary of Greek Artists, Athens: Melissa Publishing House.

Haris Kabouridis, Giannis Levounis, et al., New Greek Art of the 20th Century: Painting - Engraving - Sculpture. The Valuable Collections of the Rhodes Gallery, Athens: Aegean Ministry and Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes.

1998

Maria Marangou, Lambros Liavas et al., With the Lyre and the Fiddlebow. Memories and Contemporary Creation, Rethymnon: Rethymnon Center of Contemporary Art.

1997

Maria Marangou, Vassilios Makios, et al., Aboard the Liner, Rethymnon: Rethymnon Center of Contemporary Art.

1996

Vassilios Makios, Sofia Portalaki Images of Silence, Athens: Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center.

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1995

George Kontaxakis, Visual Walk, Thessaloniki: Municipality of Thessaloniki.

Zoe Kytopoulou, Vassos Koutouridis, Elijah Pikoulas, Colors in Greek Light, Athens: Beauty of Spirit Publishing House.

1992

Efi Strouza, Sofia Portalaki. Flights - Levels, Athens: Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center.

1975

Anon., Panhellenic Exhibition, Athens: Ministry of Culture and Science.

Interviews

2005

Elina Metaxaki, “Sofia Portalaki. I believe I was born a painter”, Stigmes, March-April, pp. 58-63.

2003

G. Asdrachas, “The Dreamy World of Sofia Portalaki”, Express, June 13.

1996

Anna Chadjigiannaki, “Electric Colors”, The Sunday Press, March 17, p. 54.

Artemis Kardoulaki, “In the Labyrinth of Geometric Art”, Isotimia, February 17-18, p. 9/35

1992

Sessy Samoli, “Sofia Portalaki”, Vivere, March, pp. 56-57.

ERT, National Radio Station interview with Maria Marangou.

Articles and Reviews

2018

Anon., “The opening of a new museum in Heraklion Crete has been announced”, Kathimerini, March 20.

2008

Vasiliki Barba, “Markos Armaos and Sofia Portalaki - One Studio Home”, Eleftheros Typos Weekly, May 11, pp. 114-118.

2007

Costas Picadas, “Homemade Elegant”, Casa Diva Magazine, November, pp. 118-125.

2002

Maria Aggeli, “Veneration in Painting”, Dimoskopio, winter 2002-2003, vol. 15, pp. 54-55.

Anon., “A Manhattan Full of Colors”, Vitrine, November, no. 31, p. 202.

Alexandra Koroxenidis, “An Artist Paints New York City”, Kathimerini, November 6, p. 7.

Anon., “Inspirations from Manhattan”, Vradini, October 30.

Artemis Kardoulaki, “Geometrical Images of Manhattan by Sofia Portalaki”, Isotimia, October 26-27, p. 11/55.

Anon., “Exhibition of Sofia Portalaki”, Tachydromos, October 26, p. 90.

Anon., “Shall We Go to Manhattan?”, To Vima (TV Guide), October 20.

Vivi Vasilopoulou, “In Her Own Manhattan with Logic and Sensitivity”, Ependitis, October 19-20, p. 14.

Vasiliki Tzevelekou, “Three Women Create”, Eleftheros Typos (Relax), October 20, p. 23.

Anon., “Manhattan”, Eleftheri Ora, October 20.

Vivi Vasilopoulou, “Manhattan Comes to Glyfada”, Ependitis, October 12, p. 14.

Anon., “Manhattan at the Southern Suburbs”, Isotimia, October 19.

Anon., “Geometric Images of Manhattan by Sofia Portalaki”, Isotimia-Art biz, October 26-27.

Anon., “Sofia Portalaki”, Estia, October 19.

Stella Sevastopoulou, “Paint it Black: Portalaki’s Manhattan”, Athens News, October 20.

Anon., “The size is the enemy”, Eleftherotypia, October 14.

Anon., “Exhibition of Sofia Portalaki”, Kerdos, October 13.

Anon., “Manhattan 1997-2002 at Pieridis Museum of Contemporary Art”, Adesmeftos Typos, October 13.

Anon., “Sofia Portalaki’ Show at Pieridis Museum of Contemporary Art”, Express, October 12.

Anon., “They Traveled to Manhattan”, Apogevmatini, October 11.

Anon., “Manhattan 1997-2002”, Exodos, October 10-16, vol. 330, p. 75.

Anon., “At Pieridis Museum of Contemporary Art. From Manhattan to Glyfada”, Radiotileorasi, October 10, p. 22.

Irini Arvaniti, “Manhattan at Pieridis Museum of Contemporary Art”, Adesmeftos Typos, October 10, p. 13.

Nelli Spyliopoulou, “Manhattan 1997-2002”, Exodos ART, October 10.

Anon., “Painting exhibition ‘Manhattan’ by S. Portalaki at Pieridis Museum of Contemporary Art”, Deiktis, October 10.

Lady D., “Sofia Portalaki”, Espresso, October 9, p. 43.

Anon., “When Geometry Turns into Art”, Eleftheros Typos, October 9.

Sessy Samoli, “Rendezvous in Manhattan”, Eleftheros Typos, October 9.

Haris Kambouridis, “Light Tints in a Dark Labyrinth”, To Vima, October 9, p. 27/7.

Anon., “Sofia Portalaki, ‘Manhattan’ from Today at the Pieridis Museum of Contemporary Art”, Ethnos, October 7.

Anon., “Sofia Portalaki ʽManhattanʼ in Glyfada”, To Vima, October 8, p. A29

Anon., “Sofia Portalaki’s New Show”, Express, October 5.

Irini Bella, “Math Combinations on the Canvas - The Faraway Manhattan Inspires the Painter Sofia Portalaki”, Vradini, October 3.

Anon., “Geometrical Landscapes of Manhattan by Sofia Portalaki”, The Art Newspaper, October, no. 110.

Anon., “Manhattan 1997-2002 from ERT AE”, Eleftheri Ora, September 30.

Anon., “Manhattan in Glyfada”, Naftemporiki, September 25.

1999

Ioanna Sidirokastriti, “The Two Shall Become… Art One”, Elle Decoration, November, vol. 36.

Costas Picadas, “home studio”, Madame Figaro, November, pp. 66-70.

1997

Nelli Spiliopoulou, “With the Artist’s Stamp”, Idees & Lyseis, October, pp. 228-231.

1996

Natalia Megas, “Blowing up nature”, The Hellenic Times, October 4.

Efi Michalarou, “Sofia Portalaki”, Art Magazine, March 22, p. 1.

Anna Hatzigiannaki, “Sofia Portalaki Electric Colors”, Typos tis Kyriakis, March 7.

Anon., “In Blue Background”, Einai, March 12.

Anon., “The Research Was Visual”, Eleftheros Typos, March 7.

Manos Stefanidis, Maria Perdiki, “Art”, Down Town, March 1.

Anon., “Portalaki at Ileana Tounta”, Ependitis, February 23.

Anon., “Color and Creation”, Einai, February 20.

Anon., “In the Pulse of Blue”, Adesmeftos Typos, February 18.

Anon., “The Square Root of Art”, Athens News, February 16.

1995

Nelli Spiliopoulou, “Sofia Portalaki, Geometrical Substraction”, Style, November, p. 170.

1994

Bia Papadopoulou, “Life Style: The Art”, Idaniko Spiti, June, vol. 41, pp. 64-68.

1992

Anon., “Sofia Portalaki”, Tachydromos, May 6, p. 86.

Anon., “Galleries”, Epiloges & Spiti, May.

Anon., “Interactions by Sofia Portalaki”, Dimokratikos Logos, March 13.

Sessy Samoli, “Sofia Portalaki at Ileana Tounta”, Einai, March 3.

Anon., “Sofia Portalaki, Claudio Totoro Per Barclay, Alfredo Romano at Ileana Tounta”, Sima, March-April.

Flash-Art,vol. XXV - n. 163, March - April.

Sessy Samoli, “A Matter of… Success with Colors”, Eleftheros Typos, February 27.

Anon., “Playing with Color”, Eikones, February 26.

Anon., “Sofia Portalaki is Showing at Ileana Tounta”, Ependitis, February 22.

Anon., “The Square and the Color”, Kerdos, February 22.

Mesimvrini, February 19.

Peggy Kounenaki, “Chromatic Volumes”, Tachydromos, February 19, p. 103.

Anon., “Hidden Images”, Pantheon, February-March, p. 6.

Anon., “Acrylic on canvas”, Kai, February 1.

Bia Papadopoulou, “Existential Scouting”, Idees & Lyseis, February, pp. 214-216.

Anon., “Ileana Tounta: Investigations on the Shapes by Portalaki”, The Art Newspaper.

Public collections

National Gallery, Athens.

Municipal Gallery of Kalamata “A.TASSOS”, Kalamata, Greece.

Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece.

Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes, Rhodes, Greece.

Vigla Municipal Gallery, Cultural Association of Keratokampos-Kapsala, Crete, Greece.

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