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You may visit my portfolio site, or my Facebook page in order to see my work:,

Maria Ernest Fragopoulou

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Maria Ernest Fragopoulou


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I love painting the blue, the sea, and female portraits. I create abstract art, minimal & also expressionistic figurative art as well as wearable art

Hello! I am Maria Ernest Fragopoulou. I am inspired by the blue sea and I am a genuine lover of the blue colour. I love painting abstracted feminine portraits, abstract seascapes, and birds. Through painting and photography I create images who express and evoke feelings. In my atelier-shop I offer a variety of artworks such as original fine art on canvas and paper, art prints, art jewellery, art for kids' rooms, hand-painted favors boxes, and hand-painted cards.

Part of my art is devoted to children and to kids’ room décor. Being a mother and reading all these beautifully illustrated books with my children has inspired me. The paintings of my oldest daughter with her unique combination of colors are also incredibly inspiring. I seek this innocence, this freedom, and euphoria coming from the simple completion of a handmade work. But I assume this is not a simple thing at all...

I was born in Athens, Greece in 1975. I have lived in Athens, Rethymnon, and New York, and love to travel. Now, I run my atelier in Rethymnon, where I live with my two daughters (an 11 and a 7 year old) and my husband.

My background and my formal studies have been in the field of art history, specializing in Italian Renaissance decorative arts (M.A. at the Bard Graduate Center in New York). This theoretical background and my work experience in art galleries such as the Zoumboulakis Gallery in Athens, research institutes, art libraries, and art museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have formed my character and style as a person and artist.

I was always a lover of culture and the arts and a creative person. This need for creativity, however, became my daily reality just recently. I now work as an artist full time.

I decided to open my atelier when I realized that the canvases I was painting and offering as gifts to my friends and to my friends’ kids were very much appreciated and cherished. That gave me some sort of comfort that my artwork might have an audience out there. I think that the work I do for children stands out because I avoid over-simplification, and the typical style of artwork created for kids, with the frozen broad smile of happy girls and boys.

I like minimalism, I use few colors on each painting, and I enjoy painting imaginary portraits. I care little about realism or realistic representation. My art is figurative but abstracted and expressionistic in a great sense as I like the vivid bold colors.

My shop's name is very representative of the state of mind I was back then. It stands for curiosity but also for uneasiness. I entered an area unknown for me. I still feel out of water but I have become stronger and determined to live through what makes me alive and happy.

I am a thinker.
I am curious.
I struggle daily to become a better me, and therefore a better artist.
I write and paint without lying to myself.
I write and paint as a child.

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  • Maria Ernest Fragopoulou

    Owner, Maker, Artist, And Curator

    I am a creator of images. Usually with paint but occasionally with photography and other media as well.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 18, 2022
Thank you very much for visiting my shop and considered purchasing an item created by me. All items in this shop are hand-made with great care and packaged safely before shipping.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I will be happy to discuss and solve any problems regarding your purchase. I can refund you for an item (provided that it is not a custom order) you did not like, or replace it, if you contact me and return it to me (in its original packaging, or similarly packaged to prevent any damages) within 3 days of its arrival. The shipping costs will then burden you.

I will be happy to replace or refund you fully for a damaged item owing to poor packaging, although I always make sure to send my work very securely packaged.

If a package is lost or never delivered, owing to postal mistakes or responsibility, I will refund you. Please contact me for any postal delays longer than a month in order to initiate an inspection.
I accept direct payment and payment through pay pal where you do not need necessarily to have an account and you may simply use your credit card. All transactions occur through secured by ETSY and PAY-PAL web-sites.
I ship worldwide. I normally ship within 3 working days after your payment has been verified. Certain custom orders take longer but I specify that in the individual listings shipping time.

I am using the national postal services (Hellenic Post -- ELTA) to keep the cost down but choosing always registered and trackable shipping methods for the originals. Very expensive art-work is shipped insured. Please contact me if you prefer a different way of shipping. I carry no responsibility for any international customs placed on your order.

I ship my items from Greece. Within Greece you will normally receive your package at approximately 1 week from the day of shipping.

Overseas and international orders may take longer to arrive at your door. For these packages 1 week to 15 days seems to be the minimum time needed. In some cases, however, orders shipped to USA, Australia, Italy, and Switzerland (countries known for long delays) took longer to be delivered.

Delays by foreign postal services, or delays at customs, or delays occurred by ordinary or non-ordinary inspections at the borders of certain countries might occur without me knowing it or be able to control it. In the rare case of such very long delays and when a package takes longer than a month and a half to arrive I will issue a refund and cancel your order, if you -- the customer -- request it.
Additional policies and FAQs
All the original pieces in my shop are accompanied by certificate of authenticity and all items, either original or reproductions, are copyright protected. Please do not use for a purpose other than the one intended by me -- the artist. Please do not copy, or reproduce my work without my written permission.

All the written content and all the photographs in my shop are also copyright protected and no-one is allowed to copy, reproduce, or download them for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Pictures can be used for non-commercial purposes under certain circumstances and only after my written approval.

Sharing content and photos by linking back to my shop is welcome, allowed, and appreciated. Thank you very much.