The Greek Glyptic artist and Jewellery designer Maria Apostolopoulou explores and reinvents the ancient art of Glyptography . Her jewellery work including seal stone engraving on hard gemstones , reverse intaglio engraving on quartz crystal, art medals and contemporary coins, is forming a modern face for the classic Glyptic art field .
Μaria A. designs exclusive glyptic jewellery collections for museums art shops ( British museum, Museum of Cycladic Art) while her jewels have been exhibited in cultural foundations and art galleries ( Royal British Society of Sculptors, Athens Biennale, Art Athina art fair etc) .
As a co-founder, designer and gem engraver at the multi awarded COSMOCHAOS jewellery design studio,
since 1994 Maria A. exposed her glyptic collections at International Jewellery Fairs ( Inhorgenta Munich, J.A New York, Miami, Macef Milan, IJT Tokyo, Iberjoya Madrid , Kosmima Greece).
As a founding member of the Association of Greek Jewellery Designers J.A.W (Jewellery Art Workers) since 2005, Maria A. co- organized with this group some of the most important art jewellery exhibititons in Greece ("Symbols" at Industrial Gas Museum Athens 2014, "50 women-50 roles" at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation Athens 2011, "Everything Flows" Ena art gallery 2016 and more).
Maria A. is teaching Glyptography at the Goldsmithery School of Stemnitsa since 2013.
She is full memebr of Greek Goldsmith association since 1994.
Since 2008 she is exhibiting her painting with the group of visual artists Event Horizon .
Maria Apostolopoulou studied the art of Glyptography and gemology next to the last European master of glyptic arts Nick Kielty-Labrinides from 1990-1996 and painting next to the painter Th. Drossos from 1985-1988. Her artistic background includes a BA on Stage designing from L Stavrakos school of cinema,
sculpture courses at the University of Western Macedonia with Hector Papadakis , goldsmithery apprenticipe next to Manos Panagiotou and a continuously training on rare jewellery (Georgian cloisonee, repousse etc ) techniques next to traditional craftsmen around the world.