Atelier Kapnos

Art studio in The Hague

Sofia Kapnissi


Sofia Kapnissi (Athens, 1966) studied painting and printing at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and later in the Netherlands at the Free Academy of Visual Arts of The Hague. She is co-founder of the artists’ group Gaidaro and of the art platform “geborgen kamers” (secured/ hidden rooms) which from 1999 to 2008 presented projects advocating for wide participation in the art practice and presentation. Painting is her main medium and reference point; her work expands to video, textile, and text; and engraving of course. In 2017 she created the project ik-snap-er-niks-van in the form of a webshop.


2023 Group Exhibition ‘PAPER’ at the THE EUROPEAN CENTRE/Contemporary Space Athens organized by PROJECT 2 ATHENS; see post

2022 Presentation of the painting series “Humanize the Code” at Big Screen Plaza, New York. [see post]

2022 Solo show ‘LEGS TIGHT SHUT’ at Peter Rommers Couture Art&Design, Amsterdam, NL.

2022 Group show ‘EIGEN DOMEIN / OWN DOMAIN’ at LOU Oudenoord, Utrecht, NL

2021 Group show ‘Seeing Women’ at Dekka-arts gallery, Margate, UK

2021 11th ‘From Lausanne to Beijing’ International Fiber Art Biennale 2020 – online and on Instagram @lbfiberart

2020 Group show On paper at Dekka-arts gallery, Margate, UK

2019  PapierLab, De Kroon, Rotterdam, NL

2018 Group show by Mellifera action, Gallery “Eos”, Athens, Greece

2017 Small Treasures: chapter 1 in E.KA.TE.,Nicosia, Cyprus

2017 LEX-ICON project by Mellifera action, Athens, Greece

2016 ‘Monumental Drawings” at Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague, NL

2016 9th International ‘From Lausanne to Beijing’ Fiber Art Biennale, Shenzhen, China

2016 ArtAttack Rotterdam, NL  2015 ArtAttack Rotterdam, NL 

2014 solo, Wijn&Kunst, The Hague, NL

2014 8th International ‘From Lausanne to Beijing’ Fiber Art Biennale, Nantong, China

2013 Chaniart/ visual arts journeys in the regional unit of Chania, textile art exhibition «Dialogues of Ariadne and Penelope», September 2-14, Crete, Greece

2013 6th International Exhibition MINI ART TEXTILE, June 18-30, Kherson, Ukraine

2012 “From Lausanne to Beijing”  7th International Fiber Art Biennale, Nantong city, Jiangsu Province, China

2012 Mama: motherhood around the globe, International Museum of Women, on-line   

2011 VI International Biennial of Textile Art, Xalapa, Mexico

2010, 12-17 October MELT-the East End Art Fair, London, UK

2010 8th International Exhibition Women Painters, Majdanpek Arts Center, Serbia

2008 “Mama’s arts”, textile in contemporary art, “geborgen kamers” project, The Hague, NL

2006-2007 Exhibitions under the “geborgen kamers” project which transforms empty houses and shops into spaces of contemporary art/ Transvaal-Vrederust in The Hague, NL

2006 “Anonyme” drawing expo, Bluetenweiss, Berlin

2004 “Fighting back” project of Amnesty International/Japan, Moto Azabu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2003-2004 “DUSK” project by ARTb-gaidaro, presented in Brussels, Cork, Amsterdam, Athens and Volos. Theme: exchanges of peace between the individual and the environment/ works were meant to live in a dim light.

2002 “Paysages”, travelling artists meet their local colleagues and set up an exhibition with landscapes of the area, in the municipal hall of the village Notre Dame de Londres, France.

2000 “Other Self”, project by Gaidaro, at Technopolis (Gazi), Athens/ in the frame of the “Holland Festival inGreece”. Theme: through collective paintings, the artists explore the limits of their individual self and the point of merging with the “other”.

2000 “Short stories” project by Gaidaro, at the Korzo Theater, The Hague, NL. The artists expand the properties of illustration by incorporating their hand-written comment into the impersonal purity of the photocopied image.

1999 “NOT FOR SALE” project by Gaidaro, at the Westergasfabriek of Amsterdam, Gruppo Taller/Madrid and Epaskt/Athens. A black and white painting exhibition presented without individual names, without titles and without prices.

1998 solo exhibition at the Regentenkamer, The Hague, NL

1997 “twee kunstvormen”, painting combined with the photographs of Antoinette van Meurs, Villa Lilla, Nijmegen, NL

1997 solo exhibition at the ABN-AMRO bank, The Hague, NL

1995 solo exhibition at gallery “Pleiades”, Athens, Greece

1994 “Greek graphic art”, UNESCO building in Paris, France

1993 solo exhibition at gallery Dubio, The Hague, NL

1993 solo exhibition at business center “Park centre”, The Hague , NL

1993 “Athina-Eikastika”, young Greek artists, Municipal expo center, Athens, Greece

1992 “Greek graphic art”, Bratislava, Slovakia




2022 Ik snap er niks van, DeFKa Research SC 2022/05: Decoratie, Ambacht & Design, DeFKa Research – Assen, pp. 72-77 (see blogpost).

2021       The Netherlands: The Dutch model for artists’ exhibition remuneration, article (co-author) in German magazine kultur politik 3/2021, magazine of Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler e. V. (BBK), in print in German and online in German and in English.

2016       The authority of the published memoir: Laying the path for the creation of the Expatriate Archive Centre, TXT Journal (2016) Elsevier, pp. 94-96. Online: <>

2016        The Album Amicorum of Dorothea Bohn (1846-1930), Media Studies Master thesis: <>

2007       De geborgen kamers van Transvaal, pp. 56, ISBN 978-90-9022676-7; see here.

1999       Gaidaro on tour – a european story, pp.71, ISBN 960-86469-0-1, part of the NOT FOR SALE project. See here.


2016   Symposium/ Residency ‘Dysfunctionalities in contemporary Art II’, Limassol, Cyprus (see blogpost).

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