Artist biography

Chryssa born 1933

Greek artist resident in New York who has explored the sign character of lettering both in metal reliefs and through the use of neon light. Born in Athens, full name Chryssa Mavromichaeli. Studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris 1953-4 and at California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, 1954-5. Settled in 1955 in New York, where she was excited by the spectacle of the commercial signs in Times Square. Began in 1955 to make small baked clay tablets, 'Cycladic Books', followed by tablets and plaques with lettering in shallow relief, vast enlargements in raised relief of single letters made up of many small, uniform components, and other variations on letter forms, sometimes legible and sometimes mysterious and illegible. First one-woman exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, 1965. Has used neon from 1962, and made in 1964-6 a monumental construction 'The Gates to Times Square' incorporating fragments of commercial signs. Lives in New York.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.124