From Greek Paintings to Irish Jigs with artist/musician Manolia Kokoloyianni
Today we’re in Greece, on the island of Crete, heading into Heraklion to meet up at the Miniatoura Café with artist and musician Manolia Kokoloyianni. She grew up in both Crete and Athens, paints beautiful introspective canvases in the intense and subdued palette of this island home, and yet it’s jigs and reels she performs on her classical greek lyra with her Irish partner musician Paul Goodman. Its these awesome contradictions that keep life interesting, isn’t it?
Our Guest Artist: Manolia Kokoloyianni
Our Host Artist: Carol McQuaid www.carolmcquaidart.com
Our Bar: Miniatoura Cafe, Heraklion, Crete
Now follow me to the Miniatoura Café on the island of Crete and listen in as Manolia and I talk about the dance between music and painting, the satisfaction of having good students, and how to not mess with the gods of art.
In this episode you’ll hear about:
The artist’s life on Crete
Choosing Crete as a base after the Economic Crisis, and how her thoughts on that may be changing
Attending art school in Thessaloniki, Greece
A career based on painting, teaching and playing music
Playing the classic Greek instrument, the lyra
Playing and touring with the Paul Goodman Trio
How jigs and reels mix with traditional Greek music
painting the light in the Greek Isles
Window paintings and self-reflection
The role of emotion in art
Being influenced by Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn
The role of size when it comes to selling art (hint: it matters)
Painting scenery and doing wardrobe for theatre as a side hustle
The realities of earning a living from painting vs music
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