Maria Apostolopoulou is an established contemporary glyptic artist , gem engraver and jewellery designer born and based in Athens,Greece.
She revives and reinvents the classic art of Gem engraving and seal stone carving by forming a modern face for this major ancient art that in nowadys is called glyptography.
Μaria A. designs exclusive collections for museums such as the British museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art , the Archaeological Museum of Kobe Japan.
Her seal stones , reverse intaglios on quartz crystal, her art medals and contemporary coins have been exhibited in cultural foundations and art galleries such as the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Athens Biennale, Art Athina art fair .
As a co-founder, designer and gem engraver at the multi awarded COSMOCHAOS jewellery design studio, Maria A. since 1994 has exposed her glyptic collections in numerous International Jewellery Fairs in Munich, New York, Milan, Tokyo, Madrid and Greece.
Maria A. contributes to the revival and spread of the ancient art of Gemstone Engraving by being an Educator of Glyptography at the Goldsmithery School of Stemnitsa since 2013,
As a founding member of J.A.W (Association of Greek Jewellery Designers) since 2005, Maria A. has organized with the group some of the most important art jewellery exhibititons in Greece such as "Symbols" at Industrial Gas Museum Athens, "50 women-50 roles" at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation Athens, "Everything Flows" at Ena art gallery in 1st Athens Jewellery Week and more.
She is full memebr of Greek Goldsmith association since 1994.
Maria Apostolopoulou studied the art of glyptography next to the last European master of glyptic arts Nick Kielty-Labrinides from 1990-1996.
Her artistic background includes a BA on Theatrical Stage designing , a long apprenticeship next to the Greek painter Th. Drossos, sculpture courses at the University of Western Macedonia (Lifelong learning) and a continuously training on rare jewellery techniques next to traditional craftsmen around the world.