Preoccupied with the human condition, I have explored in my paintings, books, and works on paper, social issues and to a larger degree women’s issues inspired by myth, history and current events, blending the personal with the collective, the inner with the outer and the past with the present. Themes of growth, mortality and the process of grieving are also expressed in my work. Recently, I have been working in a more abstract manner and have related this new visual language to the themes of Labyrinth and the Cosmos.
For the past thirty-five years Magoni has been exploring her artistic concerns through a variety of themes and media. Her exhibitions, awards, radio interviews and television appearances have made her an established figure in the international art world.
Her work has been exhibited, among other places, at the Alternative Museum, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College, Kouros Gallery and Andre Zarre Gallery, NYC; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee; Islip Art Museum, Oakdale, NY; Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL; The Museum of Modern Art, Guadalajara, Mexico; Ora Gallery and Nees Morfes Gallery, in Athens, Greece; and Shinsaegae Gallery, Kwangju, Korea.
Magoni’s works are included in the collections of Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, Guadalajara, Mexico; The Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece; Vero Beach Art Center, Florida; and Kwangju Art Museum, Kwangju, Korea.
Born in Athens, Greece, Magoni has been living and working in Brooklyn, New York since 1968. She received an MFA in painting as well as a diploma in fresco and iconography from the Polytechnic School of Fine Arts of Athens in 1967.
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