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From Greek Paintings to Irish Jigs with artist/musician Manolia Kokoloyianni

Today we’re in Greece, on the island of Crete, heading into Heraklion to meet up at the Miniatoura Café with artist and musician Manolia Kokoloyianni.  She grew up in both Crete and Athens, paints beautiful introspective canvases in the intense and subdued palette of this island home, and yet it’s jigs and reels she performs on her classical greek lyra with her Irish partner musician Paul Goodman. Its these awesome contradictions that keep life interesting, isn’t it?

Our Guest Artist: Manolia Kokoloyianni

Our Host Artist: Carol McQuaid

Our Bar: Miniatoura Cafe, Heraklion, Crete

Now follow me to the Miniatoura Café on the island of Crete and listen in as Manolia and I talk about the dance between music and painting, the satisfaction of having good students, and how to not mess with the gods of art.


 In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • The artist’s life on Crete
  • Choosing Crete as a base after the Economic Crisis, and how her thoughts on that may be changing
  • Attending art school in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • A career based on painting, teaching and playing music
  • Playing the classic Greek instrument, the lyra
  • Playing and touring with the Paul Goodman Trio
  • How jigs and reels mix with traditional Greek music
  • painting the light in the Greek Isles
  • Window paintings and self-reflection
  • The role of emotion in art
  • Being influenced by Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn
  • The role of size when it comes to selling art (hint: it matters)
  • Painting scenery and doing wardrobe for theatre as a side hustle
  • The realities of earning a living from painting vs music
  • Her upcoming shows and adventures

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About the author, Carol

I love creating big cityscapes in paint and print. I travel around the world painting, teaching and doing art residencies. I meet artists everywhere, and I love bringing their stories to you on “Two Artists Walk into a Bar” podcast.

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