Katerina Tsasis – The Muses Strike in Austin

EuroCircle members who know me well know I love art so they would know I love art – I did not enough talent to become an artist but I am always happy to check out art and support artists.
This weekend is one of the rare chances to visit artists in their studios in organized manner. Why don’t you go and visit one of the EuroCircle members, Katerina Tsasis.

How did you end up in Austin?

I was born in San Francisco, to parents who had recently arrived to the U.S. from Greece.

My dad worked for the railroad and my mom spent a lot of time volunteering for the local Orthodox church. I spent most of my life in California, growing up in the Bay Area and moving to Los Angeles for college. In 2003-2004, I studied in France and Singapore, which gave me the opportunity to visit several countries and experience new cultures. A few years later, I was itching to try something new and had a job opportunity in Austin. I’ve been here since 2011 and I don’t have plans to move any time soon.

When did you start painting?

I’ve been painting and drawing off and on since I was a teenager, but I’ve been shy about my work and have just recently started showing it more publicly. I am really drawn to artists who use vivid color, like Van Gogh and Matisse, and I think that love of color comes out in some of my more recent paintings.

You’re exhibiting in the East Austin Studio Tour – why should EuroCirclers attend?

The East Austin Studio Tour is a fantastic event put on every year by a non-profit called Big Medium. This is the 15th year and there are over 500 artists participating all over East Austin. You can look up the map online and pick a few to visit by driving, walking, or biking. Some of my favorite stops on the tour this year include the artist collectives at Cement Loop (5611 Berkman Drive) and Canopy (916 Springdale Road), as well as two lovely studios that are in my neighborhood, Little Lady Studio (4713 Ruiz Street) and Los Nichos (4417 Mattie). And come by my place, Tsasis Studio (4537 Ruiz Street) – I’d love to see more EuroCircle faces this weekend!

When & Where:
Tsasis Studio 4537
Ruiz Street
Saturday November 19 and Sunday November 20
11am to 6pm

Follow Katerina’s art at: instagram.com/tsasis_studio

More info on the tour at: http://east.bigmedium.org/