Exploring the human condition

Roboras: Exploring the human condition

Stella Sevastopoulos of ‘Art Scene Athens’ talks to Greek-Australian artist Chrys Roboras who has managed to spread her wings and exhibit around the world, with great success.
CHRYS ROBORAS loves to place the human figure in vast, colourful semi-abstract landscapes. In some works her figures are depicted as an outline which has been filled in with various colours and shapes – as if the human form is a ‘container’ – of emotions, thoughts, memories. In other works, there is a more realistic representation of the human form, yet a dreamlike atmosphere most often still pervades. The human condition – its isolated sense of being – is a central theme in her work, and stems from her own experience as a Diaspora Greek, in limbo between two cultures, always seeking a place to call home. “It is important to recognise the natural need of a human being to find a place to belong to, a place where one can find peace”.
At the same time, from an artistic point of view, Roboras is a roaming spirit, based in Greece, but who has exhibited around the world. In 2018 alone, she had 4 solo shows, in Los Angeles, Thessaloniki, Lugano and Toronto. Add to that her already long list of other solo and group shows, one gets the picture that Roboras, has been a busy art bee, ever since she graduated from from art school in 2008. Nevertheless, she found the time in her packed schedule, to answer some questions about what it takes to be an artist these days, in Greece, and more.

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The long road ahead, oil, pastel and pencil on linen, 80 x 60 x 3cm 2020 Not For Sale

All roads lead to where you are, oil, pastel on linen 80 x 120 x 3cm diptych 2020 1800euros

Over fear and into freedom, oil, acrylic, pastel on linen, 155 x 125 x 3cm, 2020 2800euros

When nature and I became one, 155 x 125 x 3cm, oil, pastel on linen, 2020 2500euros

It's a pretty fixation, oil, pastel on linen, 125 x 155 x 3cm 2020 2800euros

It started with you, oil, pastel on linen, 120 x 100 x 3cm 2020 1600euros

The grass is greener on my side, oil and pastel on linen, 100 x 120 x 3cm 2019 2800euros

We've come to far to forget who we area, oil, pencil and pastel on linen, 100 x 120 x 3cm 2019 2700euros

Through it all, I will make you king, oil, acrylic, pastel on linen 125 x 155 x 3cm 2020 3200euros

When the world wanted her to be blue, oil and pastel on linen, 120x100x3cm 2020.jpg 1300euros

The turquoise dress, oil, pastel and pencil on linen, 100 x 120 x 3cm 2019 SOLD

Far from here, oil, pastel and pencil on linen, 80 x 60 x 3cm 2020 1300euros

My green shadow, oil, pastel and pencil on linen, 80 x 60 x 3cm 2020 1200euros

Let me steal the moment, oil, pastel, pencil on linen, 80 x 100 x 3cm 2020 1400euros

Breath me blue, oil, pastel and pencil on linen, 80 x 100 x 3cm 2019 1100euros

Blue rain, oil, pastel on linen, 70 x 50 x 3cm 2019 900euros

It's not all black, oil and pastel on linen, 100 x 80 x 3cm 2020 1300euros

Είμαι εδώ, I am here, oil, pastel and pencil on linen, 80 x 100 x 3cm 2020 Sold

It's me and you running up that hill, oil, pastel, charcoal, pencil on linen, 80 x 100 x 3cm 2020 Sold

Most things happen in 3, oil, pencil and pastel on linen, 80 x 60 x 3cm 2020 1100euros

Feeling that we share, oil and pastel on linen, 100 x 120 x 3cm 2020 2300euros

Sunshine within, oil, pastel on linen 150 x 120 x 3cm 2019 3200euros

The blood moon, oil, pastel, pencil on linen, 50 x 70 x 3cm 2019 800euros sold

Purple haze, oil, pastel, pencil on linen, 150 x 120 x 3cm 2019 3200euros

Aegean blue, oil, pastel, pencil on linen, 80x120x3cm (dyptich) 2019 1300euros SOLD

The pink moon, acrylic, oil, pastel on linen, 100 x 80 x 3cm 2019 1500euros

Blue moon, oil, pastel, oil sticks, pencil on linen, 60 x 80 x 3cm 2019 900euros sold

Way out there, oil, oil sticks, oil, pastel on linen, 100 x 80 x 3cm 2019 1800euros SOLD

Somewhere only we know, acrylic, oil, oilsticks, pencil on linen, 150 x 120 x 3cm 2018 SOLD

Red shoes, oil, oil sticks, pastel, pencil on linen, 120 x 100 x 3cm 2019 1600euros SOLD

A drop of blue, acrylic, oil, oilsticks on linen, 120 x 150 x 3cm 2018 3100euros SOLD

Wipe the miles away, acrylic, oil, oil sticks on linen, 120 x 150 x 3cm 2018 3300euros SOLD

A place, acrylic, oil, oil sticks on linen, 100 x 80 x 3cm 2018 1800euros SOLD

The little grey boat, oil oil sticks, oil pastel on linen, 150 x 120 x 3cm 2019 2900euros SOLD

Turquoise Lake, oil, oil sticks, pastel on linen, 100 x 120 x 3cm 2019, 1500euros SOLD