The life of Mara Karetsos film progresses as a blistering pace in the same role of director, screenwriter and editor - and the protagonist, of course. How we feel when Hillary Clinton knows your little name when you go out for drinks with Kennedy, Robert De Niro and Woody Allen, and your works are in important private collections, but the White House and galleries and museums around the world?"I was a girl who started from Larissa to 100,000 inhabitants saw the world only in magazines. I put a goal in my life: do not go back to my country if I did not name. I was ten years even when I told everyone that I will become an artist, I will report and will be like Picasso, "says the outset. Finishing school and going from Larissa in 1968, when they left not a single woman to study.It was time to build something bigger than the "little glyptakia" that shaped the clay of her father brought the Peneus.
"A lot of my old teachers told me when I go to Larissa:" I put a signature on this small petaloudaki you had painted five years old? ". It's amazing! », Says the review continues.He manages to get the third at the School of Fine Arts in Athens and Professor Thanasis Apartis studying on a scholarship Sculpture and Ceramics. Immediately after graduating appointed curator at the National Technical University, the headquarters of Plastic. Everyone is excited, but she wanted more. Within six months he decided to go to Paris: "I was just 25 and took 25,000 drachmas in 1973. I remember everyone telling me: "Where are you going to let that kind of money ... Here you will become a professor. " I did not hear anything. "He married an Italian painter Luigi Belatsi Pierre, whom he had met at an exhibition in Italy and go to Paris with 100,000 drachmas.
"Picking a house in the Montparnasse and start working frantically. Without money, with tremendous difficulties, sometimes ate only bread with some olives and French cheese. So we spent three years of hard work. One day I went to Paul Faketi to show him my work - it always geared to the major galleries, never small. And it took me ... For Faketi Manolidis worked then, the Pheasant. And then came the Iolas ... ".Alexander Iolas-mentor of the season Surrealists like Max Ernst and Magritte and a passionate fan of pop art of Andy Warhol, was one of the greatest chapters in her life. When you tell her enthusiastically, after a report-«Let's go to America», not thinking. Counting ten years in Paris leaves for America. Alone. The Belatsi will not follow because he does not want to leave Europe. He works 20 works in bronze and lands in New York with $ 1,000. "In November I will come and make your report," says the collector.The reason the contract was: "He was a man extravagkant, very difficult with the artists, often difficult and payments, but he knew. Let the artist work, work ... but when they reached the time of the report made him god. Came the day of the exhibition, the gallery was crowded. I do not know anyone in New York. In 1982. And soon came the words I said I'll never forget, "This is Mara Karetsou. This is the artist ". Sold throughout the report for $ 200,000, money that I had ever seen in my life. Just bought a Rolls Royce and I got my house in Park Avenue. "In New York knows and marries gallery Keith Green. Hang out with and hang in Iola «Factory» of Warhol. "With the Iola went often to his studio because Warhol bought his works. He was the child of the era of fast money and fast success.