Marina Kassianidou is a visual artist whose work focuses on relationships between mark and surface. Her current practice combines painting, drawing, collage, installation, site-specific work, and found objects. Her theoretical interests include poststructuralist philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, and feminist theory.
She graduated from Stanford University, where she was a CASP/Fulbright scholar, with degrees in Studio Art and Computer Science (both with Distinction). Upon graduation, she was awarded the Arthur Giese Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting by the Stanford University Department of Art and Art History. She obtained an M.A. in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK. In 2015, she completed a Ph.D. in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK. She is currently teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder department of Art and Art History.
She has exhibited her work in Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the USA. Group exhibitions include Mediterranea 16 Young Artists Biennial: Errors Allowed (Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy), Tradition Today: Exploring Conditions to Recreate It (House of Cyprus, Athens, Greece), Limassol: The Aftermath of Development (First Municipal Housing Buildings, Limassol, Cyprus), Livres d'Artistes: Book Art in Cyprus since the 1960s (Loukia and Michael Zampelas Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus), and Ar(t)chaeology: Intersections of Photography and Archaeology (NiMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus). She has had solo exhibitions in Nicosia, Cyprus (Gloria Gallery, 2006, 2008, Thkio Ppalies, 2016, 2018), London, UK (Tenderpixel Gallery, 2009, Chelsea College of Arts, 2013, 2015, The Center for Drawing, 2014), Chicago, Illinois (North Branch Projects, 2013), and Denver, Colorado (Yes Ma’am Projects, 2018). Her work is found in several private and public collections, including the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.
Selected awards include grants from the A. G. Leventis Foundation and fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Ragdale Foundation, and Residencia Internacional de Arte Can Serrat. She is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
Her writings have appeared in the journals RevistArquis, The International Journal of the Image, and Journal of Contemporary Painting, among others. She has published the books How to Know: A Space (Nicosia: Thkio Ppalies, 2016), Μπαίνοντας στην εικόνα οι λέξεις (Nicosia: EI.KA, 2017), and Exercise Book (Nicosia: P. S. Artist Led Projects, 2018).