New Designs: Meet Sculptor Antonia Papatzanaki
The idea of curated artwork has been on my mind since Rayva was created. I never saw the company as a platform for my own theater designs—there is TK Theaters for that. My goal with Rayva is to meet artists whose work and vision coincide with my own—that is, creative artwork used in such a way that it transforms a simple space into something visually dynamic and exciting. The art is meant to enhance the sense that these theaters are conduits to the world of home entertainment.
To find new artists, I considered having competitions at art schools, but the bureaucracy of the educational system made me stop trying. During the same time, I reviewed the work of a number of artists but nothing clicked—not because their art wasn’t good but because it’s hard to find work that can be adapted for a home theater without making the room look like an art gallery.
A couple of months ago, I was introduced to Antonia Papatzanaki. When I saw her work—expressive light sculptures that convey a fluid sense of movement—I knew instantly it would work for Rayva. A few weeks later, I met Antonia at her studio in Chelsea, New York’s gallery district. Other than her initial aesthetic concern about how her sculpture would be incorporated into a theater environment, we hit it off right away and decided to work together.
Our next meeting was two months later in her studio in Athens, Greece. There we addressed and resolved her aesthetic concern—which wasn’t hard because I think Antonia sensed my good intentions. We then focused on how to create for Rayva a limited edition of an artwork that can cost thousands of dollars a piece without making the theater so expensive it would be priced out of the market. This is still our concern, but with the trust we’ve developed between us, we are well on our way to resolving the issue.
The short video above gives you a glimpse into Antonia’s creative mind as we develop the first curated artwork for Rayva. To see the complete interview, click here.
Theo Kalomirakis is widely considered the father of home theater, with scores of luxury theater
designs to his credit. He is an avid movie fan, with a collection of over 15,ooo discs. Theo is the
Executive Director of Rayva.
Born on the Greek island of Crete, Antonia
Papatzanaki was educated at the Athens
School of Fine Arts and the Vienna
Hochschule für Angenwandte Kunst. She
acquired her Master of Fine Arts degree
from the Pratt Institute in New York.
Antonia has exhibited widely in many
notable solo exhibitions and has also
participated in numerous group exhibitions
in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She
is the recipient of many prestigious awards,
in addition to winning competitions for the
creation of public art installations. Antonia’s
work is included in numerous private,
corporate, and museum collections. She
currently maintains studios in Athens, Greece
and in New York City.