Vivi Touloumidi was born and studied in Athens, before continuing her education on jewelry in Germany and Canada. She holds an MFA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Since 2010, Vivi’s work has been exhibited internationally in several curated gallery and museum shows such as the Pinakothek der Moderne (DE), ITAMI Museum (JP), Hellenic Museum (AUS), SOFA Chicago (USA), COLLECT (UK), KunstRAI (NL) and GRASSIMESSE (DE). She was selected finalist for the NTJ 2011 (NL), the Cominelli Award 2014 (IT) and in 2017 for the Friedrich Becker Prize and the Herbert Hofmann Award at SCHMUCK in Munich. Among others, her work is part of the public collection of the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim (DE) and Cominelli Foundation (IT).
She is a contributing author for Art Jewellery Forum and was co-teacher at the Summer Academy Salzburg in Austria in 2015. Since September 2018, she is a lecturer and PhD researcher at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp investigating jewellery and wearable craft objects in times of social conflict under the title “The Craft of Friction”.
She is interested in exploring jewellery as a multifaceted cultural phenomenon and in its manifestations of the human condition, while taking into consideration today’s social challenges. Understanding the cosmos of jewellery is her way of negotiating and commenting on society and history.