Marina Kassianidou is a visual artist whose work focuses on relationships between mark and surface. Her current practice combines painting, drawing, collage, installation, site-specific work, and found objects. Her theoretical interests include poststructuralist philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, and feminist theory.
She graduated from Stanford University, where she was a CASP/Fulbright scholar, with degrees in Studio Art and Computer Science (both with Distinction). Upon graduation, she was awarded the Arthur Giese Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting by the Stanford University Department of Art and Art History. She obtained an M.A. in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK. In 2015, she completed a Ph.D. in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK.
She has exhibited her work in the UK, USA, Australia, Cyprus, Israel, Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, and Belgium. Group exhibitions include Mediterranea 16 Young Artists Biennial: Errors Allowed, Tradition Today: Exploring Conditions to Recreate It, Limassol: The Aftermath of Development, and Livres d'Artistes: Book Art in Cyprus since the 1960s. She has had solo exhibitions in Nicosia, Cyprus (Gloria Gallery, 2006, 2008, Thkio Ppalies, 2016), London, UK (Tenderpixel Gallery, 2009, Chelsea College of Arts, 2013, 2015, The Center for Drawing, 2014) and Chicago, Illinois (North Branch Projects, 2013). Her work is found in several private and public collections, including the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.
Selected awards include grants from the A. G. Leventis Foundation and fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and Ragdale Foundation. She is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
She has participated in conferences in Europe and the USA and her writings have appeared in the journals RevistArquis, The International Journal of the Image, and Journal of Contemporary Painting, among others. She has published the books How to Know: A Space (Nicosia: Thkio Ppalies, 2016) and Μπαίνοντας στην εικόνα οι λέξεις (Nicosia: EI.KA, 2017).