Chrys Roboras is an artist of realistic figures with semi-abstract landscapes.
Born and raised in Australia, her artistic views are shaped by the dissimilar Australian and Greek cultures, amalgamated, embedded in her subconscious. Her father hoped that "one day we would return to Greece" , stories about how close the skies are "there" to a human being , the place where the old gods used to live, and the enormous, empty and open Australian landscape led to feeling of displacement, now representing in the body of her paintings and shaping her beliefs.
"It is important to recognize the natural need of a human being to find a place to belong to, a place where one can find peace"
Her love of the landscape and solitary figures has been influenced by the Romantic period of the 1800's and by of works of Caspar David Friedrich and William Turner to mention but a few.
Her artistic journey takes one from the initial 'No Man's Land" nomadic motif series, with enormous landscapes and people trying to find their place, to 'In Man's Land' where a sense of belonging, acceptance, without insecurities of contemplation and doubt can be detected.
With the passage of time, Chrys' understanding of the world slowly changes, and it seems that the sense of displacement is fading away.
Her latest endeavor is portraits and the personality behind them.
Chrys Roboras’ work focuses on displacement, belonging and identity. Chrys’ paintings are based on being in between two countries. Being born in Australia and living Greece.
Roboras’ innovative approach is not built on a single moment of vision. She consciously transcends familiar landscapes and liberates figures lost in contemplation to construct a new reality.
The strength of Roboras’ figures lies in the intensity with which she paints their eyes, which confront the world with an insecure joy. They wish for direct communication with boldness of color and texture, challenging the viewer to participate in their personal drama. The exquisitely bold and lyrical application of color contributes to the symbolism of each composition, advancing the expressiveness of the figures’ faces.
Influenced by the romantic period of Caspar David Friedrich, the intense melancholy became her obsession one could say. Other influencers include Henri Matisse, Peter Doig and Tassos Missouras.
Ultimately, Roboras stirs the senses through jolts of color and texture to engage in direct communication with the viewer. Her use of color unfolds with a sense of rhythm and purpose. If color influences the way individuals experience the world, these portraits serve as paradigms of the crossroads between imagination and reality.
Chrys's work has been featured on music book covers such as "International Contemporary Masters Volume 5", "Hidden Treasures Art 2014" and "ArtTakes Miami", The short-list book for the "emerging art award Dubai 2016" Serendipity Magazine "Stories from the Fringe" and various books.
She also won the feature in Artist Portfolio Magazine