Elena Tsigaridou, visual artist - Baron Mag

Elena Tsigaridou, visual artist

Athienou and Larnaca - Cyprus
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Who are you :

I am Elena Tsigaridou, a visual artist.

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Your current job :

My greatest passion is my work as visual artist. I also work as an art tutor at the private school American Academy in Larnaca and I am very proud to be managing the Art and Design School Ispirazione in the Afternoon.

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In which city are you located?

I am located in Athienou and Larnaca in the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus.

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A word to define what kind of worker you are :

Curious. Curious of all the possible outcomes that a piece of work can have. During the creative process I try so many different solutions, compositions and even media. I have long conversations with friend artists whose opinion I value, I do lots of research and I only stop when the outcome feels right. Usually it is after endless hours of work because my style is very detailed.

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What does your office space look like?

I have a great love for my work space. Huge windows with plenty of natural light, lots of plants and lots of positive energy.

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What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?

Most of the time I work in silence. Sometimes though I like to listen to jazz or motivational videos.

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Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?

I wish! Let’s say I am working on it…

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What tips would you give to improve productivity?

I believe you can improve productivity if you manage to stay focused. One of my greatest goals is to ‘discipline’ my attention!

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You're better than your colleagues to :

I see uniqueness in everyone and believe it is unfair to compare things that are different. I can identify my strong points but I could not compare myself to my colleagues.

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What is the best advice anyone has given you?

I feel blessed to have met really inspiring people who have offered me so much but the first that comes to my mind is what my grandfather used to say. I very vividly remember him telling me how important it is to know yourself. As we Greeks say ‘Γνώθι Σ’εαυτόν’- ‘Know yourself’. It took me a lot of years to understand his words and I am still learning!

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What is your best tip for saving time ?

First decide on what is important for each day and then actually focus on what is important. It is a real challenge.

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What is your routine start and end of the day?

I wake up at 6, usually have breakfast in the car on my way to the American Academy. I am usually home at 14.30 for lunch. Until 5 it is family time with my 2 boys. On some afternoons I manage the Art and Design School Ispirazione. Usually have family dinner at 20.00. I read bedtime stories to my boys and then it is time to focus on me.

I spend long hours painting, reading, researching sometimes I even do ‘nothing’.

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Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?

Strangely enough I do not have one!

w. www.elenatsigaridou.com

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