Coffee Cigarettes Amore

Kyvèli Zoi

Elma is pleased to present Coffee Cigarettes Amore, a new series of paintings by Kyvèli Zoi, dedicated to the inner pondering of unhealthy habits and how to work with them. By creating an homage to Jim Jarmusch’s film “Coffee and Cigarettes”, she uses repetitive symbols and structures to tell a linear story of a beloved daily routine that ends up becoming toxic.

Figures and tightly framed gestural details refer to memory and projection of oneself while foregrounding moments of tension. Kyveli portrays instances of crisis within the assumed routine in an attempt to personify the combination of nicotine, caffeine and heartbreak.

The series focuses on a personal contemplation of one’s bad habits and the lack of clarity within them, while insisting that love is the only thing worth living for. It is the first time throughout her practice that she attempts a self portrait in search of an honest reflection. Utilizing heartache and the quest for self love, she achieves a form of introspection within the metaphorical atmospheres of her paintings.

Kyvèli Zoi(b.1993 in Athens, Greece) is a painter and multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Athens. She completed her BFA at the School of Visual Arts New York City (USA, 2016), after attending classes at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris, 2014) and Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design (London, 2012). She has held four solo shows and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Europe and the United States, the most recent being: “Rien Ne Va Plus” at Waldburger Wouters Gallery (Brussels) and “Animal Show” a group exhibition at Acappella Gallery (Naples). Kyvèli’s work features in many private collections across the globe, and she is also the director of KYAN, a new project space she founded in  Athens in June 2021. She has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS (2021-22).