Chryssa was born in 1933 in Athens, Greece, where she later died in 2013. Chryssa studied in both Paris and San Francisco, she moved to New York in 1955 and returned to Greece in 1992.
Chryssa is most known for her installations in neon, steel, aluminum, and acrylic glass. She was a pioneer within the art scene in New York, when she moved to the city, she was inspired by the advertising neon signs of Times Square. Chryssa was one of the first artists to use neon as a medium for arts, she transformed it from a tool for advertising into a medium for art.
Selected solo exhibitions include Mihalarias Art Center, Athen (2005, 1990); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1979); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1972); Harvard University, Cambridge (1968); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (1965) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1961). Group exhibitions include Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington (2007) and Museum of Modern Art, New York (1963). She has also participated in the documenta 14 (2017) and documenta 6 (1977).
Chryssa’s work can be found in the collections of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Athens National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.