Airy Creations: Ioanna Lin

“Life does not require complexity; simple ideas can be sufficient.”

Through ART.harbour I have met several wonderful artists. Ioanna Lin is one of those artists. I had the chance to meet her through one of our partners Contemporary Center Athens.
Ioanna is not only a young talented water-colorist, but she is also a warmhearted, lovely person.  She lives and creates in Greece experimenting with different techniques. Chinese paintings, watercolors and ink creations are just some of the styles you can find in her portfolio. She studied at Guangzhou University of Fine Arts and she aims to connect the two cultures she admires… the Chinese and the Greek.

Meet Ioanna Lin and her airy watercolor memories…

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We are very happy to have you here, in ART.harbour… Welcome!

Thank you!

To begin with, I would like you to know more things about you. Who is Ioanna Lin? How would you describe yourself?

Ioanna Lin is one of the few Chinese artists residing in Greece. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Institute for Arts Education in China. During her master studies Lin has been evolved in various kinds of paintings, later on, she focused on watercolor and ink painting and developed a refined style of naturalism and exquisiteness. After graduation, she became a university art lecturer, teaching painting techniques and art history.

She moved to Athens five years ago and is actively involved in Chinese-Greek cultural exchange. She has gotten new inspirations from her living experiences in Greece and combines those with her Chinese background turning them into her current creations. She has had numerous exhibitions in Greece while here.

Let’s talk about your latest Exposition at the Contemporary Space Athens named “Small world, Big Fun!”. It definitely seems to me like a “motto” in life. What does it signify for you?

In my opinion, flowers, birds, insects, animals represent a small world. But when you look at them, feel them, you will find a lot of fun in them. Life does not require complexity; simple ideas can be sufficient.

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw your paintings was the word “light”… Do you think that Light plays an important role in our lives? What does it mean for you personally?

In fact, traditional Chinese painting does not focus on “light.” I combine my painting with watercolor techniques. Under the light, more details show up, and they can represent the artist’s feeling better. God said the light was good…

What inspires you?

My life and cultural experience in Greece and China.

Describe us the “steps” that follow from the inspiration to hanging your creation on the wall of a gallery…

Before the creation of an art, I will consider the theme I want to show, such as figure painting, I like the combination of classical and contemporary performance. Then I choose the required materials such as ink, watercolor, acrylic and oil paint, etc. to express them.

Through your paintings, one can easily “see” who Ioanna really is? Is each painting part of you?

From my personal characteristics of the seal on my every painting, they sure can recognize me! I’m kidding, haha.

Well, I can’t tell whether all paintings have some part of me. But according to my friend’s saying, from the paintings of a girl, you can see her shadow.

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The “warrior figures” that we see in some of your paintings seem to be very carefully created with bright colors, intensity, and great motion. To be sincere those ones where some of the most powerful and motivational paintings I’ve seen, although painted in a minimalistic way.

Tell us a bit more about this project…

I like to draw Peking Opera characters. The characters they play is a story of people’s life. Their facial expressions and gestures show their most sincere emotions.

Chinese painting exquisite simplicity, with the main line to express things. But as we see, the more simple things, the more it can cause emotional resonance of the audience.

I couldn’t resist but ask you about your decision to move to Greece. What made you live China?

I followed my family to Greece.

China & Greece… Can you spot, let’s say, 3 similarities and 3 differences between the two?

Both are Ancient civilizations, both are family-oriented, and focusing on personal relationships. However, we have different cultures, different ways of thinking and different attitudes.


What do you think about Greek culture? Are there any Greek Artists who you may like or admire their work?

I love Greek culture and especially classical art. I have a few Greek artists friends. I am very close to artist Vangelis Rina. I like his artwork very much. I also like Panagiotis Tanimanidis‘ s sculptures.

Who is your favorite artist?

The Impressionists, especially Monet and Van Gogh. 

“I wish I could create more work that can touch the soul.”

As you know Greece suffers from a huge crisis. Do you think that Art could – in any way – help Greek people in such harsh times?

In more difficult years, there is an opportunity for developing more creative art.

The economic crisis is a result of some general moral-crisis, and returning to appreciating art in all its forms can help in self-improvement that is much needed.

I would like you to step back from the now and describe me where do you imagine the artist Ioanna Lin in the future. Let’s say about a decade from now… What do you wish that you would have accomplished?

I wish I could create more work that can touch the soul.

Thank you so much for being here with me. I really hope we could meet again in the near future! We wish you all the best!

Thank you! Best regards!


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