|Marina in November 2016|
|Born|| 17 July 1940 (age 79) |
Athens, Kingdom of Greece
|Spouse||Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark (m. 1965)|
| Princess Alexandra, Mrs. Mirzayantz|
Princess Olga, Duchess of Apulia
HRH Prince Michael
Early life Edit
Marina born in Athens on 17 July 1940 to industrialists Theodor Karella and Elly Chalikiopoulos into a distinguished Greek family.
Artistic work Edit
In 1960-63 she was attending Athens School of Fine Arts, where she was a student of painters Yannis Tsarouchis and Oskar Kokoschka. She continued her studies at the Ecole des beaux-arts in Paris (1963-65) and at the Kokoschka School in Salzburg.
Marina's carrer started in 1966 when she presented her first painting at the Two Worlds Festival in Italy.
Her work was first exhibited at the Galleria Levi in Milan in 1971. In the 1970s she exhibited at the Gallery Iolas her white paintings, which are now considered one of the most famous pieces of her work. She later worked on plaster, marble, and metal engraving, transferring from painting to sculpture. During her stay in New York in the 1980s, her paintings are characterized as "darker", while her most recent works are portraits or images inspired by nature.
During her successful career, Marina Karella has had exhibitions in various cities around the world, such as New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Brussels, Rome, and London, and her works are exhibited in major museums and institutions. She has had more than thirty solo exhibitions in Greece (Athens, Chania, Thessaloniki) and abroad. In 2005 a retrospective exhibition of her work was organized at the Benaki Museum.
Also noteworthy is her involvement with the scenery and costumes for films and theatrical performances. Amongst others, she collaborated with the well-known sculptor Takis for the performance of Electra (Epidaurus, 1984), Niki de Saint - Phalle for the film Un reve plus long que la nuit (1976), National Theater of Piraeus for the performance of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (1979), Don Juan (1972) and L 'Incoronazione di Poppea (1977).
Marina married Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark at the Royal Palace in Athens on 7 February 1965. However, because this marriage is considered non-dynastic, she did not initially acquire thereby the title of 'Princess of Greece and Denmark' nor the style of 'Her Royal Highness', but was referred to as Marina, Consort of Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark.
The couple has two daughters:
- Princess Alexandra Elli Francisca Maria of Greece (born 15 October 1968 in Athens), married to Nicolas Mirzayantz (born 1 January 1963 in Bouches-du-Rhône) on 27 June 1998 in Venice. They have two sons:
- Princess Olga Isabelle of Greece (born 17 November 1971 in Athens), married to her second cousin Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Apulia (born 13 October 1967 in Florence), a member of the former royal family of Italy, on 27 September 2008 on Patmos. They have three children:
She and her husband Michael live in France and in the US, and also maintain a home in Patmos.
Official page Edit
- ↑ Clara National Museum of Women in the Arts
- ↑ Prince Michael Weds Commoner. The New York Times
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Kingdom of Greece. House of Oldenburg
- ↑ Tigran MIRZAYANTZ. Geneanet
- ↑ Darius MIRZAYANTZ. Geneanet
- ↑ Royal Profile: Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta, The Prince of Piedmont
- ↑ Royal Profile: Prince Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, The Duke of Abruzzi
- ↑ Royal Profile: Princess Isabella Vita Marina of Savoy-Aosta