Kalliopi Andrikopoulou is a jewelry artist and a teacher. She is currently working as a freelance jeweler in Athens, Greece. In 2007 she was one of four co-founders of Syn Apeiron- a platform for expression, creation and education concerning contemporary jewelry. She was the director of the gallery and the seminars at Syn Apeiron from 2012 until 2016, when the space ceased its operation.
She was born in Athens in 1981.
She began her studies in the Theatrical Studies Department of the University of Athens, to then pass on to the Law School of the same university, where she graduated in 2005.
Through the Erasmus academic exchange program, she attended a semester at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. There Kalliopi came into contact with European standards of jewelry and attended a jewelry workshop.
With the completion of her studies in law and after having obtained a license as a lawyer, Kalliopi decided upon a career change and begun her studies in jewelry design, at the private institute for goldsmiths, Mokume, in Athens. She got her degree with honors in 2007.
Kalliopi believes in the principles of self-education, self-motivation and team spirit. She thinks of education as a liberating process, without competition, authority and assessment. As a teacher she approaches the art of jewelry with respect and honesty. She is constantly trying to find ways to enrich her teaching methods by applying innovative, holistic and collaborative approaches. She has a rich teaching experience and is now working with small private groups.
Kalliopi represented Greece at the 13th Biennial of Young Artists (Applied Arts-Jewelry) in Bari, Italy in 2008. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Athens and has curated numerous group exhibitions at Syn Apeiron. Her first solo show-Memory Mapping- was in 2016, as an “Artist In Residence at Cine Trianon”, a series of shows part of the “Victoria Square Project” by US artist Rick Lowe for Dokumenta 14 Athens. She has participated in Munich Jewelry Week in 2016 with the group show “TestDrive” and her upcoming second participation will be with “Initiation III/Kallichoron” in March 2018.
2005-2007: MOKUME, Private Institution for Jewelry making and design, Athens Greece
2000-2005: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Degree in Law
2004-2005: Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (Erasmus exchange program)
1999-2000: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Theatrical Studies
2015: “Absence and Substance”, 5day seminar with Jorge Manilla (jewelry artist)
2015: “Profession: Artist”, 5day seminar with Loukia Richards (visual artist)
2013: “Pigments on metals”, 4day seminar at ALCHIMIA Jewelry School with Lucia Massei
2005: “Jewelry technics”, 6month seminar at the community workshop in Mainz, Germany
2007 to present: Independent Jeweler, cofounder and director of SYN APEIRON, a venue created on the basis of dignity, solidarity and equality
2005-2007: Trainee at a goldsmith workshop, Athens, Greece
2001-2003: Assistant as young lawyer at a law firm based in Pireus, Greece
2000: Assistant at Kristen Navigation Shipping company, Athens Greece
2008 to present: instructor at SYN APEIRON Jewelry Seminars, a social and educational experiment attempting to approach the art of jewelry with respect and honesty. Furthermore, it approaches education as a liberating process, free of competition, authorities and assessments
2016: (24/02-01/03) Munich Jewelry Week, group exhibition Myths 2016-TEST DRIVE
2016: Confabulate, Group Exhibition in Athens Greece
2008-2010: Numerous Jewelry Fairs, Athens Greece
2008: 13th Biennale for Young Artists, Bari Italy
2010-2015: Co-curator of the annual group exhibitions of SYN APEIRON Jewelry seminars