The Founders

loukia-n-michaelMichalakis and Loukia Zampelas are the creators and founders of the Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum, and the driving force behind Zampelas Art.

Alongside Michalakis Zampelas’s professional activities (including the establishment, presidency and management in Cyprus of the world-renowned Coopers & Lybrand – renamed PricewaterhouseCoopers – his vital contribution to the enhancement of the image of the accounting profession in Cyprus etc.), he has been working tirelessly to promote Cyprus internationally, focusing upon the financial rejuvenation of Cyprus following the Turkish invasion.

Furthermore, amongst other activities, Michalakis Zampelas served as Mayor of Nicosia from 2002 to 2006 with tireless creativity and extensive social service. In addition to this, since 1997, he is the Consul General of Estonia in Cyprus. Loukia Zampelas is also actively involved in the community, constantly contributing to its welfare.

An equally important passion for Michalakis and Loukia Zampelas is art. For more than forty years they have been collecting works of art, particularly those by Cypriot artists.
Their love for art led them to envisage and establish the company Zampelas Art Ltd., and subsequently open an Art Museum in Kaimakli, the oldest suburb of Nicosia. With the Art Museum serving as its base and with the ambition to make art accessible to all, Zampelas Art creates, along the way, trade names under the names Zmart, Zmart Framing, Zmart Gallery, Zmart Shop and Zmart Café. In addition to these, having acknowledged that a primary objective of the Art Museum and centre is education, Zampelas Art created Zmart Education, which offers a range of educational programmes. Moreover, the electronic publication of the academic Journal of Arts as well as numerous other beautiful projects for the progression and spread of art are still to come.

The Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum reflects the desire of Michalakis and Loukia Zampelas to contribute to local art and cultural events, to bring art closer to their fellow citizens, and to exhibit the beauty of Cypriot heritage to the wider world, leaving an “eternal treasure” in Cyprus and abroad.

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