Size: 70 x 35 cm
Vika was born in the village of Paliokastro, in the northern Greek region of Thessaly, then moved to Athens. She went to the United States to go to college, receiving her BA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Most of her sculpture is cast bronze, but some is ceramic or mixed media. Other work includes drawings, paintings, and earthworks. Vika endeavors to have the richness and excitement of living and loving in her work. She believes in an art with courage which takes position against the commercial exploitation of art and against self-promotion for money and shallow glories; art being the greatest celebration of human freedom in all of life.
Vika was co-founder of the Sculptors' Union of Greece (based in Athens) in 1972 and is currently a member of the Administrative Council of the Union. Her bronze works are part of the permanent collection of the Greek Ministry of Culture, and one large piece, Hero is on permanent exhibit at Pandeios University, Athens. The bronze sculpture, Third World, was presented as a gift to visiting ex-Chancellor of Germany, Willy Brandt in 1990. She has had many favorable press reviews including one in the Athenian Kathimirini in which the Greek critic, Dora Rogan, wrote: "Very dynamic, a fountainhead talent, Vika reminds us that there still exists even in rare instances the great art of sculpture."
Her selected exhibitions include: annual group shows of the Sculptors' Union of Greece, Athens; Two Person Show, the DADA Gallery, Athens; the Greek National Garden, Athens; the two all-Greek Panhellenic Exhibitions, Athens; Solo Exhibition, Sevo Studio, Athens; Solo Exhibition, the Syn Gallery, Athens; Solo Exhibition, Pleiades Gallery, Athens; and 3 Solo Exhibitions, Kreonidis Gallery, Athens.