Artist: Morfy Gkikas
Morfy Gikas was born in Athens, Greece. In her own words, “a turn toward the arts came naturally” to her, and she always had great support and help from her mother, who enrolled her at the Athens School of Fine Arts when she was only 15 years old. There, she concluded her studies in sculpture with High Honor. After graduating, she moved to The United States and studied ceramics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After completing her education she returned to Greece and for the following six years she had solo exhibitions and was frequently included in group exhibitions.
In 1986, Gikas returned to the United States where she lives and works in Long Island City. The artist collaborates with various galleries in New York including Anita Shapolsky Gallery and Kouros Gallery. She has also participated in Greek-American exhibitions “New Voices” hosted at Cooper Union School of Fine Art, NYC, curated by April Kingsley, “Modern Odysseys” at Queens Museum, NY, curated by Peter Selz and William Valerio and has also had her work exhibited at the Hellenic Cultural Center, NYC, the Greek Consulate, NYC, and at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, NYC, in an exhibition curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos.
Her work is included in numerous private collections. In recent years, Gikas has begun dividing more of her time between Athens and New York, and believes her experience in each country has deeply benefitted her approach to her work in sculpture, ceramics, as well as painting.