The boldest proclamations in the art world are made by neither critic nor artist, but the high-society Greek style maven known simply as Mrs. Tependris. Mrs. T. does not shy away from eccentricities or theatrics. Rather, she travels the world in search of great art, curious new extravagances, and spiritual enlightenment.
Introduced to the world in 1995, Mrs. Tependris is the alter-ego of illustrator Konstatin Kakanias. “She’s you… she’s me, she’s my mother, she’s the mother I wanted to have. She’s a side of all of our selves,” the artist has said of the character. Of his (real) mother, the jewelry designer Mika Damscou, Kakanias says she “collects pearls” in their native home of Greece.