Ava Orphanoudakis’ love for nature and her deep respect and concern for the environment are the major driving forces of her life's work in both Greece and the United States.
Her painting process is a mixed media approach and she often uses a fragmented composition to express a variety of environmental themes. Taking ecology and music as her models, her intention is not to isolate the parts from the whole, but rather to differentiate and diversify the compositions to give a greater emphasis to the harmonious rhythmic patterns that unify the space-parts to whole, whole to parts.
She has exhibited in numerous solo and selected group exhibitions in Europe and the United States and is a member of The Visual Arts Association of Heraklion, Crete, Greece, NAUTE- New Artists Travelling in Europe, The New Haven Paint and Clay Club and The Guilford Art League. Ava’s paintings can be found in public and private collections in the Middle East, Europe and the USA.
Αναζητήσεις – Searching, by Kostas Petridis, Art and Culture Writer,
Rethymnon News, Rethymnon, Greece
I felt strange that night, perceiving sounds of music that emerged from the colors and shapes within Ava Orphanoudakis’ artwork. I was reminded of “God in Nature”, a philosophical discourse by Flamarion that had enchanted me at a young age. The thought that came over me as I admired this excellent artist’s aesthetics and perspective was how happy we are living within this miracle called Nature but how ignorant and naïve we are to our intervention and to the effect we have on its processes.
Πινελιές διαμαρτυρίας για το περιβάλλον- Protest Brushstrokes for the Environment
By Antonia Koutsaki, Art and Culture Writer, Patris Newspaper, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
The artist’s goal is not to copy nature but rather to express the internal processes of its creation. Painting has always been an act of reflection and contemplation for Ava in order to further understand the internal and external processes that affect all organic forms.