Angelo Tziara was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1963. Tziara’s interest in the arts was first exhibited at the early age of nine, when he started taking painting lessons in various painters’ studios.
From the very beginning, he felt the need to and was curious about experimenting with a variety of materials and craft techniques. At the age of sixteen, his interest in jewelry heightened considerably. Jewelry design and crafting became his top priority as soon as he finished high school.
For the next three years he attended the National School of Jewelry (Craft, Design and History of Arts), training, at the same time, in major workshops of Athens, next to great Greek craftsmen, in collaboration with artists with origins from Asia Minor.
Later on, he was accepted ― unconditionally – to study at the School of Fine Arts in Strasbourg.
Returning to Athens, he started his own jewelry workshop. During that period, he collaborated with Greek fashion designers. In addition, he created accessories for short films and the National Theatre of Northern Greece. Soon, his jewelry was exported to other countries – mainly in Europe and the USA.
He continued to enrich his knowledge on international jewelry design by attending seminars on the history of Jewelry Art at the Hellenic American Athens College, conducted by Lila Dechaves.
His interest in painting starts flourishing at around this time and, as a result, in 1992, having already prepared a series of paintings and jewelry, he puts together his first three exhibitions. The first one takes place in Christo Kyriazi’s Art Gallery (solo exhibition with paintings) and the second one in Ileana Tounta’s Centre of Contemporary Arts (solo exhibition with jewelry). At this time, he also has his first
group exhibition in the Benaki Museum (jewelry).
It is at this moment in time that Tziara decides to focus solely on painting. A new period of solo and group exhibitions starts. Tziara is now dividing his time between Athens and Mykonos.
He travels extensively to major art capitals (Paris, London, Cologne and New York) around the world, where his artistic horizons and his restlessly creative nature are fed and broadened.
In 1999, while living and working in his studio on New York’s Madison Avenue, he gets his first U.S. show in Andy King’s Art Gallery.
In 2001, in addition to painting, he becomes, for a short period of time, the art director responsible for the “Olympic Games, Athens 2004” products (jewelry, porcelain, pins).
In 2004, his first portraiture exhibition signals a new, anthropocentric era for his painting. Tziara continues to be highly interested in the study of ancient civilizations.
Tziara’s works can be found in private collections in both Europe and America. Part of his work has been awarded a ‘D’ distinction by the Royal Academy of Arts, London at the Academy’s summer exhibition in 2001 and 2004.
Since early 2014, Tziara lives and works in Athens.