Biography

Portrait of Maria Zervos

Maria Zervos is visual artist and poet from Athens, Greece. She graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2000. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, in 2003 and went on with postgraduate studies at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, in 2005. In 2012 she was selected by Harvard University to pursue art research in the department of Film and Visual Studies, receiving the Fulbright scholarship award.

She has presented her work in solo and group shows, in art spaces (selection): 2014, Arte Laguna International Art Prize, Arsenale, Venice, IT 2013, Action Field Kodra (Shame/Here), Thessaloniki, GR Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center (Solo Show: Homo Nomadicus), Athens, GR Arts @ 29 Garden, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA 2012, Onassis Cultural Center (Visual Dialogues), Athens, GR Lesley Heller Workspace, NYC, USA 2011, Cacoyannis Foundation (1st Festival for Young Writers), Athens, GR Onassis Cultural Center (Polyglossia), Athens, GR ReMap 3, Athens, GR Witzenhausen Gallery, NYC, USA London Greek Film Festival, London, UK Nieuw Dacota, Amsterdam, NL Deiska, Amsterdam, NL 2010, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center (Solo Show: Bon Voyage), Athens, GR 2009, PLATFORM 3, Munich, GER MB ART AGENCY, Amsterdam, NL 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale (Personal-Political), Thessaloniki, GR Centre Regional d’ Art Contemporain Languedoc Roussillion, Sète, FR Franoise Heitsch Gallery, Munich, GER Stichting OutLINE, Amsterdam, NL 2008, Today Art Museum, Beijing, CH Emergency Room, Gallery Taiss, Paris, FR 2007, W 139, Amsterdam, NL Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center (Artissima), Torino Stedelijk Museum Central Station, Amsterdam, NL Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center (Solo Show: Here, Now), Athens, GR 2006, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, NL.

She has been invited to teach courses at Harvard University and Emerson College. In 2014, she was subsequently a special award prize recipient for the International Art Prize Arte Laguna at the Arsenale of Venice. In the same year, she was the recipient of the Elson Family Award. In 2011 she was invited as guest advisor by the Gerrit Rietveld Acedemy, Amsterdam, and in 2009 she was a guest lecturer at Athens’ School of Fine Arts, Athens. Furthermore, she has received the AIAS International Artists Honor Prize in 2004, Netherlands, the 1st AP Artists Award in 2006, Netherlands. She has published two personal art catalogues, Diagnosis (2005) and Hunting (2008) by futura publishers with the support of the Mondriaan Foundation.

She lives and works between Amsterdam, NL, Athens, GR, and Cambridge, USA.