Lily Kanellopoulou

Jeweller  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2020
Published: 20.09.2023


Lily Kanellopoulou is a Greek artist and jeweler based in Athens, Greece. She studied interior design and applied arts at Vakalo Art and Design college and acting at the Drama acting school of E. Xatjikou in Athens. She has worked as an interior designer, fashion designer and actress at the Greek theater, television, cinema and national radio. Last years she decided to enter the jewelry field. She has participated in group exhibitions and as an individual artist in Athens, Europe and USA.


My belief is that all kinds of art have a strong universal link and all arts are complementary to each other.
Coming from another field of art and having an experience as an actress, working for more than ten years at the theater, I have been taught that metamorphosis, feelings, rhythm and aesthetic forms are very important keys for creation. My interest was to explore jewelry, working in an unconventional manner, leaving aside the traditional metals aside and exploring through experiments textures and surfaces that could be achieved, aiming to a metamorphosis of other materials.
Leaving the unconscious to reveal an inner truth, for the last three years I persist in the idea of giving back life to lifeless materials. Although this idea is still haunting me, from time to time I feel the need to let it fade for a while, making space for new developments and then return, until I would feel that this cycle has been closed and a new one is ready to be opened.

/ Lily Kanellopoulou

Colorful Comeback, 2021-2022
In the difficult time of isolation, working with the magic world of crystal stones was a relief and a crack of joy amid uncertainty and stillness. I was always attracted by the forms, colors and therapeutic power of crystals. Transforming in resin and playing with joyful colors to add lightness, was like a dance of optimism after a very hard period of two years which seems to come to the end. The final synthesis of the pieces is reflecting a smile full of memories, thoughts and feelings coming from beloved landscapes and countryside surroundings, that we missed so much last time.
/ Lily Kanellopoulou
The layers of nostalgia are colored, 2021
Molded pieces of resin were cut into layers, revealing their inner hidden construction. The final synthesis is reflecting memories, thoughts and feelings coming from landscapes and countryside surroundings.  Most of the pieces were created in the winter of 2021 during the incarceration period due to Covid 19 pandemic. A hard period, when it was not only forbidden to travel but also to be a few kilometers away from home and where the lack of the most natural and ordinary things created an incredible nostalgia for the obvious.
/ Lily Kanellopoulou

The sight of memory, 2020
Eroded pieces of wood from the sea wind, rain and sun found in the yard of my cottage, were selected carefully and became the raw material for the creation of the pieces of the collection. The synthesis and elements that were combined, express memories and my view of places, ruins and objects that have their own story to narrate and talk about time, roots and heritage.
/ Lily Kanellopoulou

Alive or Dead, 2017 - 2019 and Healing 2017 - 2019
Based on organic forms from nature, resin and color, that lead my work during the last three years, I have been working on two different collections under the same theme. My starting point was the emotion of aesthetic forms of nature and choosing to explore lifeless sculptural pieces, I focused on the idea of how those lifeless materials could give birth to something new, in an attempt to exorcise any kind of loss.
/ Lily Kanellopoulou

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Exhibition  14 Sep 2023 - 21 Oct 2023  On the Move in Athens.
Exhibition  28 Jul 2023 - 28 Aug 2023  On the Move in Salamanga.
Exhibition  30 Jun 2023 - 02 Jul 2023  Romanian Jewelry week Timisoara Special edition 2023.
Exhibition  06 May 2023 - 17 Jun 2023  On The Move in Switzerland.
Exhibition  23 Feb 2023 - 28 Mar 2023  On the Move, Jewels.
Exhibition  10 Nov 2022 - 14 Nov 2022  Israel Biennale of Contemporary Jewelry. Colorful Recovery.
Exhibition  05 Oct 2022 - 09 Oct 2022  Romanian Jewelry Week.
Grand Award of Romania Jewelry Week 2022 for the collection The Sight of Memories.
Open call  15 Mar 2022 - 07 May 2022  Open Call for On the move, jewels.
Exhibition  20 Dec 2021 - 11 Feb 2022  Until Death Do Us Part.
Exhibition  20 Dec 2021 - 11 Feb 2022  Until Death Do Us Part.
Fair  10 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020  Athens Jewelry Week 2020.
Fair  19 Sep 2020 - 29 Nov 2020  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair 2020.
Exhibition  12 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  Polyphonous 2020: #streetview by Popeye loves Olive.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  JOYA in Munich Jewellery Week 2020.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020  Broken Beauty in Munich.
Open call  12 Feb 2020 - 20 May 2020  Open Call JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects 2020.
Exhibition  14 Dec 2019 - 15 Feb 2020  Broken Beauty.
Award  12 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019  Winner of the Joya Worth Award 2019.
Fair  22 May 2019 - 29 May 2019  Athens Jewelry Week 2019.
Exhibition  02 Apr 2019 - 18 May 2019  Come & See: The days after Munich.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019  Popeye Loves Olive Art Space in Munich.
Exhibition  04 Oct 2018 - 06 Oct 2018  Selected Artists JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2018.
Fair  23 May 2018 - 30 May 2018  Athens Jewelry Week 2018.
Exhibition  02 Jul 2015 - 05 Jul 2015  Is that jewelry?.

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Catalogue:  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2019. Le Department:  Barcelona,  2019
Catalogue:  ARTE Y JOYA Contemporary Jewelry Year Book. Grupo Duplex:  Barcelona,  2019
Magazine:  Contemporary Jewelry Yearbook. Contraste:  Paris,  2019
Catalogue:  Athens Jewelry Week 2019. Athens Jewelry Week:  Athens,  2019
Catalogue:  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2018. Le Department:  Barcelona,  2018
Catalogue:  Athens Jewelry Week 2018. Athens Jewelry Week:  Athens,  2018