© Maria Villioti
Maria was born in the small historic island of Salamis, nested away in the inlet of the Saronic Gulf. Now she lives in Athens, Greece. She is married and mother of a boy. She studied fashion design, freehand drawing and painting but she decided that painting was her calling. Although she occasionally works with acrylics and oils, her favorite mediums are colored pencils and graphite.
She has participated in many joint exhibitions in Greece, United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Italy. Maria has four solo exhibitions in Athens, Zakynthos, Chania, and Thessaloniki, Greece. She teaches pencils techniques to adults and organizes workshops throughout Greece. She loves realism and her artwork includes portraits, still lifes, cityscapes and landscapes.
She is silver signature member of UKCPS, member of CPSA, of CPCAU and also member of International Guild of Realism.
"Old Man" – Best Portrait Award , May 2017, UKCPS 16th Annual Open Exhibition – Menier Gallery, London.
"Who is the King?"- Highly Commended Award, May 2018 , UKCPS 17th Annual Open Exhibition , Stratford ArtsHouse, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
"Young Lady" – Best Portrait Award , CPCAU International Online Drawn Together Exhibitition
"The Lighting Shop"- People Choice Award, Ann Kullberg’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Member Show 2019
Signature Status 2013, Silver 2016, Gold 2021