Vivian Haritos was born to immigrant parents and raised on the north side of Chicago. As a 1st generation Greek American, she has perpetually felt in-between two worlds—a recurring theme in her work. Examining themes of cultural adherence, assimilation, and the blurred middle, her artwork is an intersection of chromalogia, nostalgia, stasis and genesis.
Using mythology, worldview, and feminine archetypes as inspiration, her work is both a personal exploration of color psychology and stream-of-consciousness painting. In addition to color study, Vivian is drawn to the link between etymology, linguistics, and music as a catalyst and guide. The music Vivian listens to while creating is as much a part of the composition as the paint, tools, and materials.
Vivian received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies. She has worked with arts and educational non-profits for over 15 years, and currently volunteers with the Chicago Art Department in Pilsen.