Collection: Margaret Tsirantonakis


1. What do you do when you’re not making art? (Day job etc...).

I spend time on non-art making tasks related to my art career; and art organizations I’m involved with.

2. Why do you make art?

I make art because I want to express my view, experience, emotions of the world around me in a visual form. It is a form of communication. I love seeing art and I love the challenge of using my visual vocabulary to make a painting that has not been done before.

3. What inspires you?

I’m inspired by the art that I have seen from the past to the present. I’m inspired by nature; light, colors, shapes, patterns during different times of the day and each season. I’m inspired by color relationships. I’m inspired by my birthplace, Chania, Crete; though I left when I was one, I have returned for frequent visits.

4. What/who are your influences?

I can name many artists that have influenced me over the years, at different stages of my making paintings. The list here remains incomplete. The painters I continue to look at are: Matisse, Cezanne, Bonnard, Van Gogh, El Greco. Early influences were: Morandi, Velasquez, Titian. I’ve also been influenced by David Hockney, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner; and contemporary artists: Jack Whitten, Cecily Brown, Judith Linhares. Other influences; teachings of Hans Hofmann, Ancient Greek Sculpture and vases, Minoan art.

5. If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be?

It would be Matisse.

Read our interview with Margaret Tsirantonakis in the AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series here.