Irantzu Lekue works social art, conceptual art, activism and art accessible through artistic installations, video art, painting and sculpture. She has won the First Prize Videotalentos of the Santander Foundation, the First Prize photographic memories of the Canal Foundation or the Welcome Donostia 2016, among others.

She has studied Bachelor of Fine Arts from the UPV / EHU, at the University of Granada, the University of the Laguna de Tenerife and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Perugia (Italy). Postgraduate in photography at the Master Photoespaña: Theories and artistic projects at the European University of Madrid and in cinema, with an International Bachelor in Creative Media Production, at the School of Communication, Image and Sound (CEV) of Madrid and the University of Essex (England). 

Her works are characterized by their social awareness work. Through various techniques, she has produced works that analyze the condition of women, social injustices, climate change, life and death. During the last years she has influenced the demand and accessibility through art. In her artistic practice she has gone through different stages that have marked her work. It began with introspective works that reflected different stages such as cancer disease, identity crises, loneliness, bullying, death or sexual abuse. 

Subsequently, her works have varied towards an increasingly social theme such as gender, racism, historical memory or socio-economic injustices, using art as a tool to activate thoughts around hegemonic and unfair situations in different social environments; all closely linked to social art. Her artistic installation works invite spectators to be part of them and to be able to interact with them, to promote participation, reflection and self-criticism. That is why the artist performs actions in the public space in order to provoke some kind of reaction in the public making the viewer a participant or part of her work. Her artistic practice has also led her to be denounced before the courts as was the case with the artistic occupation of the Krea Building in Vitoria-Gasteiz. 

Her artistic installations are characterized by being composed of repetitions of everyday objects that are distributed through space, decontextualizing the object, resignifying it and allowing an infinity of readings. Irantzu Lekue was in charge of closing the Energy Waves program of the European Cultural Capital DSS2016 with the urban art installation “Aztarnak”. She made a huge fingerprint consisting of 10,000 glass bottles. Each bottle contained a message from citizens who wanted to participate in the work with desires for culture and art. 

Transformative muralism

The Basque artist Irantzu Lekue and her team also perform murals on a large scale and also orders for companies or private homes, collaborative, participatory murals or artistic commissions to take art wherever it is necessary. Transformative muralism because it improves, brings art to the street and bets on urban rehabilitation from society. She wants to improve environments outside but also inside through the dynamics of citizen participation. Her last project has been done in Barcelona. 

The fantastic world of the famous Greek painter Spiros Gelekas from the island of Corfu with his super-realistic color palette meets, for the first time in Greece, the fantastic "universe" of the great J.R.R. Tolkien, writer of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Silmarilion. Spiros adores the world of fantasy, thus the world of Salvador Dali, Roger Dean and J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien's world are the subject of his painting from 2016 and on. The year 2018 brought him the worldwide recognition he needed and his works were exhibited next to Salvador's Dali and Picasso in Asia. He entered in the list of the best 100 painters in the international competition "The Global Art Awards", and was selected to be included in the encyclopedia of "Global Art freaks" in 2019.

The exhibition is deticated to J.R.R. Tolkien and the Middle Earth and will be exhibited on September in Thessaloniki at Govedarou Art Gallery and on October in Athens at the festival ofFantastiCon.

Under the auspices of The Greek Tolkien Society – The Prancing Pony.

The exhibition will accompany with their music Lady Delwynne and George Palousis

Book presentation on 23rd of September, at 19.00 "Trees and Forests from Middle Earth" by Evlabia Tsireli

E-Catalogue of"Tales from Middle-Earth"

Closing Party


Govedarou Art Gallery 13 – 31 of May 2019 Thessaloniki

PurPur Gallery 7 – 22 of June 2019 Lamia

Group Exhibition. Free subject

Govedarou Art Gallery in Thessaloniki and PurPur Gallery in Lamia work together and launch the group exhibition 1st Touring4Art "Show me what you got: 2019". It will be an opportunity for old and new artists to show their work in two cities of Greece. The subject is free and artists can participate with their artworks either with painting, sculpture, engraving or photo.

Govedarou Art Gallery is organizing the solo exhibition of Gethsemane with the title "Painting in Green spectrum and not" 

Her visual world is one that is characterized as images painted with clear light and an endless opaque and vivid color. Spring and untruths are characteristic of these series of her painting exhibited at the gallery, all as a result of her strong personality

Free entrance



Η Govedarou Art Gallery, Γ.Παπανδρέου 5(πρώην Ανθέων, στάση Γεωργίου) διοργανώνει στο χώρο της την ατομική έκθεση με 3 ενότητες του ζωγράφου Στέλιου Ζαχαρούδη με τίτλο “Ένας ζωγράφος - τρεις ενότητες”.

Ο Στέλιος Ζαχαρούδης την περίοδο 1978-1983 πραγματοποίησε σπουδές ζωγραφικής με καθηγήτρια τη ζωγράφο Eva Batslacova στη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών της Πράγας. Παράλληλα στο Τμήμα Σκηνογραφίας της ίδιας σχολής παρακολούθησε μαθήματα σκηνογραφίας και ενδυματολογίας θεάτρου. Κατά την παραμονή του στο Μόναχο Δ. Γερμανίας και στη συνέχεια στη Νέα Υόρκη κοντά στο ζωγράφο A. Zarcosian, γνώρισε και μελέτησε τις νέες τάσεις της ζωγραφικής που επηρέασαν και τη δική του πορεία.

Η γνωριμία του το 1984 με τον διεθνούς φήμης γκαλερίστα ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟ ΙΟΛΑ, με την παρότρυνση του οποίου άρχισε την αναζήτηση στους δρόμους των χρωμάτων και της αφαιρετικής απεικόνισης, ήταν καταλυτική για τον ζωγράφο. Εικόνες βιωματικές, παραστάσεις, συναισθήματα βαθιά ριζωμένα μέσα του άρχισαν να ασφυκτιούν ψάχνοντας τρόπους έκφρασης. Η κλασσική εικονική πραγματικότητα δεν υφίσταται πλέον σαν μορφή και σαν σχήμα.

Τα τελευταία 4 χρόνια ο ζωγράφος επανέρχεται στην ανθρωποκεντρική ζωγραφική.

Τα εγκαίνια της έκθεσης θα γίνουν τη Δευτέρα 25 Φεβρουαρίου στις 19:30 και θα διαρκέσει έως τις 16 Μαρτίου 2019.

Εγκαίνια: Δευτέρα 25 Φεβρουαρίου, ώρα 19:30

Διάρκεια έκθεσης: 25 Φεβρουαρίου έως 16 Μαρτίου 2019

Είσοδος ελεύθερη για το κοινό.


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Interview at TV100 (in Greek) >>

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News & Exhibitions



Govedarou Art Gallery

Address: 5, G. Papandreou

54645 Thessaloniki, Greece

Tel: 0030 2314 015613


Open hours:

Monday - Wednesday and Friday: 11.00 - 14.00

Tuesday - Thursday: 11.00 - 14.00 & 18.00 - 20.00

Saturday: 11.00 - 14.00 (only when there are exhibitions running)

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