Dr. Rita C. Severis

Dr. Severis received a Ph.D. in History of Art from the University of Bristol. She studied Philosophy, at University College, London University, and (BA Hons) and received a Diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism. She is the Executive Director of the Centre of Visual Arts and Research, of the Costas and Rita Severis Foundation, and a member of its Board of Directors. She specializes in travelling artists in Cyprus of the 18th to the 20th centuries and has published widely on the subject.

Maria Efstathiou

Maria Efstathiou is the General Director of CVAR since December 2023. She holds a Master's degree in International Curating Management Education from Stockholm University and a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins, London. She curated several exhibitions, and with experience in curatorial management, she was part of NiMAC's curatorial team from 2017 to 2023 and curated Theatro Polis OPAP from 2020 to 2022. She directed the Pierides Foundation from July 2022 to November 2023.

Holly Kunst

Holly Kunst is the Research Centre Manager at CVAR with special emphasis in collections management. She has a BA in History from the University of Lethbridge and an MA in Near Eastern Archaeology from Leiden University. She is an active field archaeologist in Cyprus and has a special interest in public heritage and museology.

Kyriakos Theocharous

Kyriakos Theocharous is an Education Officer at CVAR. He studied Printmaking at the School of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has worked as an educator in various museums, galleries, and other private institutions.

Stella Loizou

Stella Loizou is the librarian at CVAR. She has a BSc in Information Science and Museology from the Ionian University of Corfu. Stella has volunteered and worked at organizing and digitizing libraries in Greece and Cyprus. Her dedication to preserving and sharing knowledge guides her into this mission.

Elena Adamou

Elena Adamou is the Publicity, Marketing & Social Media Coordinator. She has a BA in Visual Arts and an MA in Theatre Costume Design from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Elena has worked in the fields of art, theatre and textiles in Italy as an artist, project coordinator and administrator.

Phivos Poullos

Phivos Poullos is the Events Coordinator at CVAR, as well as a cataloguer in the Research Centre of the Museum. In 2019 he graduated from the University of Cyprus with a BA in History and Archaeology with a focus on Archaeology. Then he graduated with a scholarship from Cyprus Institute with a Master’s Degree in “Cultural Digital Heritage”. Since 2016 he has been working in excavation programs both in Cyprus and in Italy. He has a special interest in field archaeology and Cypriot cultural heritage. Moreover, he is interested in promoting cultural heritage using digital tools.