ANNA TSALAGKA MAKING BORSALINO
Anna Tsalagka was born in Athens in 1980. She studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, entering with a scholarship, under T. Patraskidis and H. Botsoglou.
Her artistic practice is primarily based on the repetition of certain patterns in various colours and sizes.
Anna Tsalagka creates visual images in which the subject matter appears again and again on different layers, creating a three-dimensional picture on a flat surface. She often chooses to paint a few elements on the background surface; this way, they all appear to float and play the game of repetition and perspective. Moreover, by using thick paper, acrylic paint, oil pastels, gold and silver leaves and permanent markers, she skillfully cuts and glues her patterns creating works that acquire mosaic nature and three-dimensional quality.
With a pop aesthetic and a child’s excitement, Tsalagka looks on the happy side of life and features bright colours, funny images and humorous aesthetics in her artistic work. Her subject matters spring from objects, situations and feelings of everyday life as well as the environment that surrounds her and enhances her playful mood, euphoria and positive energy. As art critic Ira Papapostolou has noted: “Anna Tsalagka narrates in her own peculiar way short stories of daily life, showing in this way her love for life and its small pleasures.”
As part of its Spring-Summer 2018 collection launch, Borsalino collaborated with Anna Tsalagka. Specially-made artpieces were featured in each of its nine boutiques around the world that celebrated the Borsalino legacy. This collaboration with what is the oldest Italian company specializing in the manufacture of luxury hats, solidified Tsalagkas’ place in the contemporary art scene.
Her work has been exhibited in many galleries in Greece and abroad as part of solo and group exhibitions. Also, she is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece since 2005.
Anna Tsalagka currently lives and works in Athens, Greece.