Ms Maria Christoforou

Ms Christoforou is an artist and an academic in the Applied Multimedia program, under the Department of Design and Multimedia, at the University of Nicosia (2004-present day).

Ms Maria Christoforou is a Doctoral candidate at the Nottingham Trent University, at the School of Art and Design. She holds a Master of Arts in interactive Multimedia, a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communication, an Associate Degree in Science and a Diploma in Secretarial and Accounting Studies. She studied at the University of the Arts, London School of Printing, the University of Nicosia, the University of Indianapolis and Pitman’s College. She was recently awarded the Life Coach title from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

In her persona as a creative artist she is very active in organizing and creating exhibitions. She has mounted five solo exhibitions and participated in various group exhibitions and international festivals. Ms Christoforou also participated in many workshops, seminars and conferences in Cyprus, UK, Germany, France and Portugal. She has gained many honorary diplomas and other awards such as Third Prize in the PlayStation Awards for the interactive movie “Elements”, (London 2002).

Additionally, she has two book publications: “From Canvas to Screen”, 2011 in which artwork co-exist with text, describing artist’s reflections & feelings.  “Comments & Crisis, 2014, the book illustrates how the economic crisis influences & depicts our aesthetic in everyday life. Photos taken by the artist co-exist with text and comments.

Furthermore, she is active in writing articles in local newspapers regarding different multimedia fields which include social and cultural approaches such as e-democracy, cyber-bullying and other. She also co-ordinates as a digital artist and play-writer in interactive educational performances for children and adults. The performances integrate digital media and challenge audience senses and encourage empathy. The plays are supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Ms Christoforou main interests/specializations and research areas include mathematics and art, experimental animation/video, digital art, script writing, interactive movies-narratives, interactive theater and mixed reality environments.