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Daphne Christoforou

MA work

Two illustrated wall hangings:

1. No-Thing

The wall hanging echoes a narrative of ‘perfection’ as understood in Buddhist philosophy. A focused and uncluttered mind is represented here by the Elephant and the Mahout (Elephant Rider). Surrounding the protagonists are the mental states that obscure and congest the mind’s clarity (top left to bottom right: attachment, boredom, fear and pain). The story concludes in both psychological and material attachments vanishing into a black hole. The inspiration for this piece lies in traditional Tibetan imagery, Indian chintz textiles and contemporary science documentaries.

2. I am

Wall hanging inspired by the Chinese medicine understanding of the human body as a country, with the heart as its emperor and the microcosm as a representation of the macrocosm.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2015

  • Daphne Christoforou is an artist/illustrator from Cyprus currently living in London. She is fascinated by ancient oriental artwork such as Hindu imagery, Tibetan iconography and Indian miniature painting. Daphne is drawn to the visual richness, naivete and historical context of this imagery, but most importantly to its depth of meaning and link with eastern philosophy and spirituality. These are elements that she aims to incorporate in her work, with a contemporary twist. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Illustration, University of Brighton, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • Installation, Southbank Centre, London, 2008; University of Brighton Group Exhibition, University of Brighton, Brighton, 2010; University of Brighton Group Exhibition, Rochelle School, London, 2010; Group Exhibition, Earl’s Court Metro Bank, London, 2011; Group Exhibition, Richmix, London, 2011; Group Exhibition, AMV BBDO Agency, London, 2011; Group Exhibition, Ethnological Museum, Cyprus, 2012; Group Exhibition: Then, Now, After, University of Brighton, Brighton, 2012; Group Exhibition, Draw Collective, Cyprus; Illustration Awards 2015, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2015
  • Awards

  • Brighton University Illustration Scholarship Award, 2009; Nagoya University of Arts Award, 2012; Seoul National University Student Award, 2010; George Eady Award, 2010; Sir Quentin Blake Narrative Drawing Award, 2014; 3×3 Illustration ProShow 11 Award, 2014; Adobe Design Achievement Award, 2014; Club 21 Scholarship Award, 2014; Victoria and Albert Student Illustration Award, 2015