GUEST ARTIST: “Mixed Media, Experimentation and Discovery of Artistic Style” by Theodora Augusta Lionti

1 Male with Pink Shirt by Theodora Lionti

My name is Theodora Augusta Lionti. I am an artist and designer. My body of work is inspired by the modern Renaissance aesthetic and the nude Greek sculptures with idealized and beautifully proportioned bodies. As I was born and raised in Athens, Greece, my work often depicts modernized Greek mythological characters rendered on big paper or canvases with watercolor, gouache or oil paint – mixed media paintings featuring men who are not afraid to show their feminine side, a trait that goes against the macho man cliche of our previous generations.

2 Theodora Lionti at Her Exhibition

Unlike other artists whose parents did not wish them to study art, my parents fully supported me. At first, I was torn between pursuing fashion or visual arts. Eventually, I decided I can do both, in a way. I’ve completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Leeds Arts University and hold a Masters of Arts in Design from AKTO+Middlesex University. Today, on top of being ZenART’s resident artist and Dynamic Social Integrator, I’m a designer.

3 Experimental male by Theodora Lionti

My Life in Athens

I was born on the 17th of August 1995 in Athens, Greece, to parents Anastasios Liontis and Kyriaki Alexiou. My father Anastasios is a well-read businessman who greatly inspired my visual style through his fascination with history and mythology. My mother Kyriaki Alexiou is my personal cheerleader, encouraging me to reach my full potential by keeping all my drawings and even painting with me from time to time.

4 Lady Mixed Media by Theodora Liontis

I have been painting since I can remember, but I took things more seriously when I was 15. I realized then that I wanted to pursue a creative career. I was not sure yet if I wanted to become an artist or a fashion designer but I knew I wanted to paint.

5 Male with Feathers by Theodora Lionti

My Life in Leeds

So after I decided I wanted to be a painter, I moved to Leeds and started my BA in Fine Art in Leeds Arts University. Life in Leeds was a very eye-opening experience for me that shaped my visual style. I was exposed to more contemporary and conceptual art that was very different from history-inspired classical art in Greece, art that I’ve been familiar with.

6 Male in Uniform by Theodora Lionti

Art Experiments and New Found Love for Mixed Media

Watercolor was the first medium I felt comfortable with and was my preferred medium for years since I was 15 to be exact. When I started my studies in Leeds, I wanted to take things a step further and differentiate myself from classical art so I started to experiment. For instance, I would combine watercolor with vibrant Indian inks, glitter, cork, collages with colorful pieces of paper and even vitra paint.

To my experience, experimentation is something that leads to fresh ideas and defines my visual identity. So my advice is not to be afraid to experiment with different subjects and materials. Get out of your comfort zone and you will be able to discover your own unique style!

8 Male with Heart Necklace by Theodora Lionti

If you’re curious about my journey, you can also check my feature at ZenART’s blog and you can always drop by to say hello through my Instagram. Happy painting!

Theodora Augusta Lionti
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9 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 4 weeks ago

    Your style and color palette are so unique, really bringing out the character of your subjects. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us, Theodora!

  2. Laura Kate 4 weeks ago

    Theodora, I love your big canvasses full of vibrant portraits. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Mary Roff 4 weeks ago

    Exciting work, Theodora! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Chantel Keona 4 weeks ago

    This is really cool! Thanks for sharing.

  5. mireya pizarro 4 weeks ago

    This was so great! I want to know what kind of brushes these are!

    • Hi Mireya💕🌈 so glad you enjoyed it the brushes it’s from Zenart supplies the black tulip set

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