In the context of the 9th International Conference of Maritime Law an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by two reputable artists, is going to take place at the Piraeus Port Authority.
The paintings from the series MEMORIES of the painter-sculptor Ms Vasso Ghioni-Zissimopoulou and the latest creations of the sculptor Mr. Chris Riganas will grace the Atrium of the Piraeus Port Authority throughout the conference.
Vasso Ghioni was born in Athens. She studied painting and drawing in Paris at the Academie de la Grabde Chaumiere, while working at the studio of Yannis Tsarouchis.
At the same time, she studied Art History at the School of the Louvre. She continued her studies at the Royal Academie of Fine Arts in Brussels and she also studied Archeology and Byzantine Art at the university (ULB) there.
She has worked at the Royal Institute of Artistic Tradition in Brussels, restoring the Byzantine icons in the Belgian Art and History Museum.
In the past fifteen years she has dedicated much of her time to sculpture.
Her work can be found in many private collections in Greece, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Vaso Ghioni is a member of the Chamber of Fine arts of Greece.
Christos Riganas was born in Kalamata in 1944. He studied Sculpture at the College of Fine Arts in Athens.
He has lived and worked in Kalamata since 1980.
He has received several prizes (First, Second, Third Prize as well as Dis-tinctions).
He has had seven individual exhibitions and has also participated in many group exhibitions.
He has participated in Art Athina in 1994 and in 2005. He has cooperated with many Art Galleries.
He has also exhibited in France, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Rou- mania, Cypress and USA.
He has created sculptures of huge dimensions as Monuments as well as Works of Art, which stand in many cities in Greece and Cyprus.
Apart from outdoors, his sculptures are found in the Ministry of Culture, in the National Gallery, and in private collections in Greece and abroad.
He has taken part creating pieces of large dimensions in Sculpture Sympo¬siums in Konitsa, loannina, University of Patras, International of Samoth- race, Limasol Cyprus, Egaleo, Kalamata, Aghia Paraskevi and Dionysos Attica (as part of the Olympic Games events in 2004) Karditsa, Amaliada., Paros, the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture “Th. Papagiannis”, in Elliniko loannina, Erakleon Crete (Venerato) “400 years since the death of Domini- cos Theotocopoulos”
He has been active as a Sculptor since 1970.