Born and raised in Athens, Nefeli's passion for art has been a constant throughout her life. Despite obtaining a technical education as a Civil Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens, she remained committed to her dream of becoming an artist. Growing up in a creative environment, she engaged in diverse artistic pursuits such as playing the piano, painting, and dancing from a young age.
In her early twenties, Nefeli expanded her artistic horizons by delving into photography, videography, illustration, and 3D art. Following her graduation, she entered the corporate creative field as a UI Designer, all the while nurturing her genuine love for painting.
Presently, she dedicates her soul and free time to refining her skills in painting, studying drawing, and sculpting.
Nefeli's ultimate goal is to perpetually create and share her inner world through various forms of art, demonstrating the harmonious blend of her technical background and artistic passion. Today, we have the opportunity to share this insightful interview with her.
What inspired you to become an artist?
My inspiration stems from my brother, Alexandros. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, finding genuine joy in the process. During my junior high years, I was uncertain about my future path. It was Alexandros who recognized my innate inclination for drawing and creating. Although I eventually pursued Civil Engineering at NTUA, the desire to become an artist lingered. Now, in my late twenties, I am diligently working to turn my dream into a reality.
Can you describe in a couple of words the themes that characterize you as an artist?
For me, art serves as both an experiment and an outlet for expressing my mental and emotional states. Characterizing what I create is challenging because, at least for the present, my aim is to manifest whatever comes to mind. It could be a sculpture of a man screaming, an abstract painting that soothes the eye, or a sculpture depicting a woman basking in the sun.
Tell us about an art movement or an artist that you cling to.
When I was younger I wanted to paint like the great Impressionists. Now, my focus has shifted towards experimentation. My primary objective is to continuously explore and discover new methods to breathe life into the visions in my mind. Nevertheless, there are certain artists whom I consistently admire and seek inspiration from, notably Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne.
How do you feel about your participation in HiVerid Mind?
HiVerid Mind was the first exhibition that I participated in, and I am genuinely elated and excited about it. Sharing one's innermost self with the audience through artwork can be a daunting prospect, but the warm reception and positive atmosphere at the exhibition made it a truly rewarding endeavor.
As a member of the organizing team, witnessing the fruition of our hard work and the realization of our vision fills me with gratitude. I extend heartfelt thanks to all the artists, as well as the members of Knoddo and Insistrum, for their outstanding collaboration and execution.
Any plans or goals for the future?
Currently, I am working on a sculptures' series with its theme being the movement. My goal for the upcoming year is to create as much as I can and organise more events like this one.
All artworks and photographs copywrites belong to Nefeli Kavvada.