You are cordially invited to the opening of the art exhibition of
MARIA IGNATIOY SIAKALLI
on Saturday, 7th May 2010, at 19:00,
at the gallery ART PRIVE.
The opening will be held by the
President of the European Party
Mr Demetris Syllouris
Duration: From 7th May to 21st May
Daily from 17:00 – 21:00,
except Sunday 8th and 15th May
Metochiou 56, Engomi, Nicosia,
Maria Ignatiou Shakialli
Born on 17th January 1970 in Famagusta.
She is married to Constantinos Shakiallis and has a sixteen year old son, Panos.
In 1987 she graduated from the Acropolis Lyceum, Nicosia and in 1988 left Cyprus for her studies.
She studied Fine Art in the USA winning all the annual academic scholarships, (Academic Scholarships 1988-1992) at Barton University, Wilson, NC, all the annual foreign student scholarships (Foreign Student Scholarships 1988-1992) and also winning the annual Caldwell Scholarships (1989-1992).
In 1991 she was also awarded the Bessie Massengil Art Scholarship for Best Student in the field of Fine Art at her university. (The Bessie Massengil Art Scholarship is awarded annually by the Fine Art & Design Department to the best student of the whole university).
In 1991 she became a member of the Alpha Chi (AX) National Honor Scholarship Society.
In the course of her studies in the USA she participated in various group exhibitions with works by students as well as by well-known artists of ceramics and painting in North Carolina, USA.
In 1992 she returned to Cyprus, initially teaching in the Ministry of Education extra-curricular program, and then starting her own Art School, where she taught painting, ceramics and sculpture.
At the same time, in 1998, she founded, together with her husband, the company Kivotos House of Light and Art, which specializes in interior design, representing well-known luxury brands of hand-made furniture and lighting such as Versace Home, Barovier and Toso etc.
In 2004 she was employed by the Ministry of Education as an Art Teacher in Secondary Education and has been teaching Art from that time (2004) at the School for the Blind in Nicosia.