Rania Bellou was born in 1982 in Thessaloniki, Greece. She is British-Greek who lives and works between London and Athens. She is a multi-media artist, whose work questions the boundaries between reality and illusion, real and unreal using fragments from the passage of time.
Rania Bellou is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.
2005-2006 MA Scenography, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.
2006 Exchange Program (3 months), Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich.
2000-2005 Painting, School of Fine Arts, Thessaloniki.
Awards & Distinctions
2014 Finalist, Young Mediterranean Artistic Scene Prize, Paris, France.
2008 1st Prize, Jannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation, Athens, Greece.
2014 Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki.
2012 Royal College of Art Sculpture residency at studio 60 : RCA, with Richard Wentworth.
2004 Falu Konstgra ska Verkstad/The Print Workshop, Falun.
2018 ‘Remembering Revisited’, Ps.u.Art Therapy Gallery, Athens.
2018 ‘Immortal Love or Ode to the Past’, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.
2015 ‘the story, like all stories, is incomplete’, Taymour Grahne Gallery, NY
2014 ‘One Story at a Time’, Action Field Kodra 2014: ‘I Need A Hero’, Thessaloniki.
2014 ‘Forty Floating Moons’, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.
2012 ‘Between I and Me’, Europe House, London.
2011 ‘Memory for Forgetfulness’, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens.
2009 ‘Living in a Cerebral Fortress’ (curator: Dorothea Konteletzidou), Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki.
Grants and Fellowships
2018 1st Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Program.
2012-2013 Scholarship of the Onassis Foundation.
2000-2002 Scholarship of the State Scholarship Foundation. (I.K.Y.)
2003-2004 Scholarship of the State Scholarship Foundation. (I.K.Y.)
Group Exhibitions (selection)
‘Artists Are the New Athletes’, The Edit Gallery, Limassol, Cuprus.
‘After Babel’, curated by Anna Kafetsi, AnnexM, Megaron, Greece.
‘Inland Athens’, curated by Nikos Vatopoulos, Mets Art Center, Athens, Greece.
‘Taking Roots’, curated by Orestis Andreadakis, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 58th TIFF, Peer Α΄, Thessaloniki Port. (catalogue)
‘2 decades +’, Spyropoulos Awards”, curated by Olga Daniylopoulou, Vorres Museum, Athens. (catalogue)
‘The Body, The Soul and The Place. Contemporary Greek Artists’, curated by Syrago Tsiara and Maria Tsantsangoglou, National Art Museum of China in Beijing, 7th Beijing Biennial of Contemporary Art.
‘In Retrospect’, curated by Kleomenis Kostopoulos and Rena Pitsaki, Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki.
‘The Garden Sees’, curated by Anna Kafetsi, Megaron, Athens Concert Hall
‘A Certain Blue of the Sea’, curated by Sozita Goudouna, Ioanian Parliament, Corfu
‘Good Printing’, curated by Yasmina Reggad, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai
‘The Human Condition II, Don’t you think it’s time for love?’, (curated by Viktor Misiano), MMOMA, Moscow (catalogue)
‘Typography as An Act of Art’, (curated by Syrago Tsiara and Maria Tsantsanoglou), State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (catalogue)
‘Massage the History’, (curated by Panos Giannikopoulos), ISET, Athens (catalogue)
‘Erotimatiko’, Young Mediterranean Artistic Prize (shortlisted artists), ArtCurial, Paris (catalogue)
The Infinitives to Image, (curated by Haris Savvopoulos), Helexpo Art Lab, Thessaloniki
Ksenophobia, Can Gallery, Athens. Antallaxima, (curated by Syrago Tsiara), Georgiadi Estate, Mytilene.
Miami Art Basel (Film section) curated by David Gryn, USA
Re-Culture III (curated by D.Konteledgizou), Patra.
‘Body Memory’ (curated by Syrago Tsiara), Contemporary Art Center, Thessaloniki.
2013 ‘Afresh. A new generation of Greek artists’, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens.
Aegeanale 2013, Kivotos Art Projects, Mykonos.
‘Inconclusive Analysis’, III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow.
‘British Perception’ (curated by Javier Caderón), National School of Arts (UNAM), Mexico City.
‘London Screen’ (curated by Javier Caderón), Ex-Teresa Museum, Mexico City.
‘Shape and Material’, the Vyner Studio, London. LuccaDigitaPhotoFest, Lucca.
Action Field KODRA 10 (10th Visual Arts Festival), Thessaloniki.
‘Qui Vive?’ MMoMA projects, 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (curators: Sergey Erkov, Daria Kamyshnikova), Moscow (catalogue).
‘Oasis and A-oasis’, (curators: Dimitris Mihalaros and Panayiotis Famelis), Skironeio Museum Polychronopoulos, Megara.
Art Athina: Exhibition with works by the Winners of the Jannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation Award, Athens. (Rania Bellou: 1st prize/2008)
Active Resistance to Propaganda, Bloomsbury Ballroom, Forbidden London Organised by Vivienne Westwood, London.
Acava Open studios, Unit 110-111 Mare Street, London.
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts (co-coordinators: Ann Christopher, Eileen Cooper and Will Alsop), London (catalogue).
‘1001+1 Praxis’ (curator: Dorothea Konteletzidou), French Institute, 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (catalogue). ‘Siteshow @ Little Venice’ (curators: John O’Hora and Jung Eun Yoo), London.
‘Kiss Me Miss Me Presents 15 Minute Factory’, The Rug Factory, London.
‘Treble R’, The Rug Factory, London. ‘Animate: Space Live’, The Others Gallery, London.
Festival of Contemporary Performance, Camden People’s Theatre, London.
Action Field Kodra-06, Exhibition: “Rooms to Let”, Cultural organization of the Municipality of Ka- lamaria, Thessaloniki (catalogue).
Scenoworks 2006, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Festival der Künste im Toni-Areal, Zurich.
Video Art Festival Miden 2006, Kalamata, Greece.
‘Co-existence’, Gallery Zina Athanasiadou, Thessaloniki. Workshops Center of Contemporary Art Thessaloniki, (catalogue).