Featured Artist Tina Psoinos explores the feminine in its different manifestations.
Through a multidisciplinary approach including abstract painting, mixed media, and photography, Tina Psoinos focuses on uplifting positivity and female empowerment.
Psoinos' work is informed by pop culture, the urban NYC art scene, and her own Greek heritage. Recurring layers of memory and reflections on time engage the viewer in a playful array of light and texture.
Her extensive training and eye for color and composition lead to dynamic abstracts with nature-inspired mark-making. The same mark-making becomes the background in her mixed-media pop art that pays tribute to iconic (often female) figures.
Artwork Archive got the chance to chat with Tina Psoinos about her creative process, how her Greek Heritage informs her work, and what success as an artist means to her.
You can see more of her work on Discovery and learn more about her art practice below.
Tina Psoinos, 'Chapter 7A Madonna Green 1D LIGHTBOX', 20 x 16 x 4 in, 'SophiaYellow 9B', 40 x 30 x 0.75 in, and 'Chapter 10A Doutzen, These Boots are made for Walking Orange on Pink', 40 x 30 x 0.75 in
Has your work changed over time—do you find yourself understanding your art career through different periods of expression?
Yes, my work has changed dramatically over time.
My art career started with photography, and it was love at first sight. I loved every aspect of it—every process—and I was always trying new techniques, experimenting, and discovering. The more I practiced, the more painterly and abstract my style became.
Over the years, my work started to evolve into mixed media, and at some point, painting became more prominent. The different periods of expression help me understand the progress in my art career and the underlying influences of each stage.
Do you have a favorite or most satisfying part of your creative process?
I love the entire process—from the early stages of watching the image unfold and take shape, to staring at the end result.
I find it all thrilling and immensely satisfying. But, the most rewarding part is the moment you know a work is complete.
I’m like a proud mother watching my baby all grown up. It puts a smile on my face.
Much of your work is about femininity and female empowerment. What, ideally, do you want people to take away from your work through this lens?
We've been taught to perceive femininity as delicate, fragile, and limited. Even in 2023, women are still treated differently than men.
Through my work, I wish to promote equality and change the narrative by showcasing women as strong, capable, and powerful.
I hope that the work starts a conversation about change, and I hope today’s women and girls see their value and believe in their abilities. I wish for the world to move forward and for the archaic double standards to become a thing of the past.
Tina Psoinos, 'Penelope Green Pink A1', 40 x 30 x 0.5 in
How does your Greek heritage inform your work?
I grew up with a view of the Acropolis. Signs of ancient history, civilization, art, architecture, and philosophy are evident throughout the city—in fact, throughout the entire country.
Even though I never consciously thought of it while I was there, my birthplace was essentially a museum that shaped my aesthetics, interests, and thought processes.
One of my recurring themes depicts a childhood favorite, Wonder Woman: An Amazon from Greek Mythology. The message, "Fight Like A Girl," challenges stereotypes, just like that fable tribe of women did.
The dominant color palettes I use in my work are reminiscent of fragmented memories from my upbringing there; the different shades of blue for the sea and sky, the vibrant colors of ripe summer fruits, and the green of early spring fields.
Simultaneously, I find it increasingly more compelling to explore the influence of the language and civilization on a global level, by exploring words and notions of Greek origin in order to incorporate them into my work.
Tina Psoinos, 'Wonder Woman Magenta_Fight Like a Girl AB', 30 x 20 x 0.5 in
What does success as an artist mean to you?
To me, success is growth. It's always learning and evolving into the best version of myself, the artist (and person) I am meant to be.
Of course, opportunity, exposure, and financial independence are necessary vehicles in the process of achieving that growth.
Why did you decide to use Artwork Archive to inventory/manage your artwork?
Shout out to Sergio Gomez of Art Nxt Level, who introduced me to Artwork Archive about six years ago.
At that point in my career, I was participating in a variety of shows in different places. I found it time-consuming to navigate my database through different spreadsheets, calendars, and folders in order to keep track of what was being sent where and when, and what was due back.
So, I gave Artwork Archive a try. It was a game-changer. The platform is straightforward, user-friendly, and time efficient—I don't know how I ever conducted an art business before it.
Tina Psoinos, 'Leia Princess - Rebel - Woman (Minis)', 8 x 8 x 0.5 in, 2022
How do you use Artwork Archive on a daily basis?
First, I catalog every new work I make: image, size, media, year, description, and inspiration. Everything is gathered in one place and easily accessible. I love how I can jot down private notes while still in the process of naming a new piece.
The Locations Feature helps me track all of my work across different galleries, hotels, restaurants, fairs, etc. For instance, when I have an online sale or a proposal is accepted for a specific piece, I know exactly where it is and when it's due back.
I also use Private Rooms a lot. This feature is my go-to for proposed work to clients and gallerists alike.
Invoicing, Certificates of Authenticity, Artwork Labels, and Professional Reports are done effortlessly.
I can track my income and always be up to date on my financials—Artwork Archive really does it all.
What advice would you give an emerging artist during this time?
This field requires heart and talent, but to do it professionally, you need more than that.
You’ve got to be persistent and prepared to treat your work as a business.
Get organized and make sure to catalog your work. Having professional images of your artwork and a good database is key to developing a career in visual arts.
Tina Psoinos, 'Urban Flora 14 Red + Blue', 20 x 32 x 0.75 in
Tina Psoinos uses Artwork Archive to catalog her artwork, keep track of her artwork's locations, share professional reports with her clients, and much more!
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