A unique aspect defining the artistic career of Aleta Michaletos, is the
regularity and generosity with which it is dotted with events and achievements
that can only be described as either extraordinary or miraculous, or both.
Her most recent accomplishment, is her inclusion in the ‘Elite Portfolio of
Artists', who's artwork is astutely and lovingly collected by the owners of
‘The Orient'. ‘Ecorganic Series
' was one of the first commissions she received
from them for their corporate headquarters.
Aleta is a well-known and respected figure on the South African Art Scene and
is rapidly and consistently, gaining recognition in the International Art
||Retrospective exhibition, ‘Karl Hover Museum', Schloss Ettlingen, Germany.
||Her symbolic painting depicting Nelson Mandela , 'Rebirth', receives the United
Nations Art and Philatelic Award in New York,U.S.A., thereby joining the ranks
of Dali, Chagall, Warholl, Rauchenberg, Miro and Vasarely.
||Exhibits ‘Precious Circle' At the Gallery la Villette, Paris, France.
||‘South African Art in Egypt', Cairo, Egypt.
||Solo Exhibition, 'Resting Places /Spaces For The Restless Mind', Paris, France.
When parting with a beloved painting, Aleta favours to have one of her numerous
passionate, private collectors across the globe, to be the new ‘foster parents'
of the work. However, her rare, jewel-like paintings, are increasingly finding
their way into Public, Corporate, National- and International Government,
Institutional and Celebrity collections.
Aleta regards each painting as a challenge. Through the act of creation,
whether instantaneous (such as ideas or concepts) or painstaking (such as the
"[a work still in progress and destined for ‘The
Orient]), she feels responsible to "reveal the mysteries of the ‘invisible'
that lay beneath the surface of the canvas and to be the vehicle through which
it may be materialised, as a direct result of her intervention and interaction,
using paint, brushes, energy and time.
Aleta Michaletos is frequently described with words such as ‘enigmatic' or
‘paradoxical'. Her Classical Greek roots have resulted in her unrelenting
pursuit of excellence and the intellectual aesthetic of the ‘ideal'. She is
also familiar with all the International contemporary art trends and has
produced work incorporating several groundbreaking ideas. Her ‘Cranium Series
was produced in 2003.
She is also a true Virtuoso, able to confidently express herself in any medium
of her choice. It is quite possible for Aleta to rotate her attention between
floral paintings such as the ‘Magnolia Series
', a Cosmorganic, a 4.5 metre
panel depicting figures and several smaller drawings and aquarelles.
Fluttering from one painting to the next, adding nectar to the surface she
delicately touches with her magic wand, she indulges her wildest fantasies. She
is able to express all aspects of her personality. However, each day she
discovers that she has developed and newly adapted, and variations and fresh
ideas for new creations, dream themselves into life through her.
Collectors unanimously agree, that trying to unravel the intriguing mysteries
of the intricate connections and multi-facetted and fascinating layers that
unite her art production, ‘travels
', writings and personal life, becomes a
lifelong pursuit and fascination. She is constantly and consistently
re-inventing herself and her art, much to their delight! With Aleta described
as a ‘leading light on the Pretoria Art Scene' (Pretoria News, February 2000)
she is stimulated by everything and anything. The following statement by
Picasso, encapsulates Aleta Michaletos's attitude towards art. "The artist is a
receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from
the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web……a
painter paints to unload himself of feelings and visions."
Aleta is a keen traveller and majestic as well as minute impressions gained on
such excursions, indefinitely resonate in her delicate and exquisite art
pieces. As a recent example, ‘Idyllirium
', the monumental 4.5 x 1.3 meter
painting gracing the foyer, subtly reflects the textures, patterns and hues of
Morocco, which she visited together with the owners of ‘The Orient', in 2005.
The beginnings of the ‘Le Paysage en Morocco
' and several pieces from the
' (all to be discovered at ‘The Orient') are all uniquely
beautiful expressions of Aleta's pre-occupations the past few years. ‘The
Orient', imbued with it's own mystery and luxurious charm, becomes the ideal
venue for Aleta's art. Although individually striking, her paintings merge
comfortably in the harmonious surroundings of the venue. Whilst revelling in
the elegance and understated opulence, it becomes inevitable that enjoyment
shall also be had by setting out on a discovery and intimate savouring of
Aleta's paintings, either in the public spaces, or tucked away in the many
With Aleta ‘simplicity stems from an intricate mind' (Beeld , October 2003) and
so ‘watch out for Aleta's name…….with her new expansive vision, boundless
creative energy and ‘be prepared' motto, we should be hearing -and seeing- a
lot more of her in the near future.' (Pretoria News, September 2001)
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