Mary Karavos describes her practice as Fine Art Paper Collage. Her artistic foundation began in painting, drawing and sculpture, but she attributes her time spent in Florence, Italy for influencing her unique artistic expression. She began creating multi-dimensional, mosaic-like images using torn pieces of the finest imported papers made in Japan, Nepal, Korea and Thailand. Using paper as her palette she was able to create and understand her own art form.
“I am inspired by the process of exploration, discovery, challenges and spontaneity. Each piece of art is unique, beginning with one fragment of paper and building layer upon layer, creating depth and detail that continues to surprise. The natural world and music are also an endless source of inspiration.”
Karavos has been honoured with the “prix du jury” at the Societe’ National des Beaux-Arts, founded in 1862, at the Carousel du Louvre, Paris, and received the bronze medal from the Arts-Science-Lettres Academy of Paris. Her work has been internationally exhibited in Monaco, France, Italy, Chicago and the Affordable Art Fairs in New York, London, Singapore and Amsterdam. Locally, Karavos has been an award recipient twice at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and she exhibits annually at the One of a Kind Winter show and the Artist Project.
Mary Karavos currently lives and works in Guelph, ON.