Stella Kapezanou was born in Athens.
She studied Painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) where she was awarded an honorary scholarship by the Greek National Scholarships Foundation (IKY) on taking first place in the ASFA entrance examinations and then a scholarship from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (The Academy of Fine Arts, Munich) to attend that institution in 2013.
Received, under Motoroil Hellas scholarship, her MA Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts, London, where she was awarded The Frank Bowling Scholarship.
She is the recipient of the Clyde & Co Emerging Star Award, 2017 and was shortlisted for The Solo Award, 2017.
Lives and works in London and Athens.
As a painter, I am interested in images from everyday life, curious about what we consider to be ‘everyday’ habits of groups of people living in capitalistic and material western societies. I like to develop a critical approach to the beliefs of these societies.
I am intrigued by subjects that are not considered ‘high art’ but are ‘ordinary’, in that they are common to the viewer’s eye, and I strive to allow the viewer to observe more deeply what is happening right next to them.
I want to capture the emotional states of people who seem disconnected from their surroundings, who look to be defined by their outward characteristics, for example the expression of personality, and not the soul. I also wish to capture the temporariness, decay and mortality of human beings.
My paintings seem somehow unreal because they depict scenes that could never quite occur, the sky is an ideal sky, the green grass a perfect stand-in for all lawns. The colour reproduction happens in accordance with my wish, not with ‘reality’. The world gets captured not as it appears, but as I want to perceive it.