Lakeridou studied in Paris at the School of Fine Arts (École des Beaux-Arts) at R. Licata’s workshop and at the technical school École Pratique des Hautes Etudes at the Sorbonne. Also studying architecture, the field influenced her work; she worked mainly with oils. Physical space was of particular interest to her; this is evident in some of her early efforts, where trees play an important role in her landscapes. Living and working in Paris, the artist begins to focus more on urban spaces where emphasis is placed on the ordinary or typical as she attempts to substantiate the content of her themes.
The next phase of her artistic process sees her shift almost exclusively into islands, in particular the islands of the Aegean. Combining the architectural elements of houses built on the islands with clean, straight lines and sharp corners, Lakeridou utilizes the fluid volume of the paint as a synthetic component and as the sea. Therefore, compositions are created whose internal content is interpreted through the shaping of forms, the emphasis on components, the transparency and inward nature of the colours and the energetic essence of the space itself. Hers is an artistic language based on synthetic security and the refinement of colour; a style distinguished by simplicity and the artist’s own richly expressed conventions.
Yioulika Lakeridou, Santorini Landscape, 1999, Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm