Celebrated Greek painter Alekos Fassianos dies at 86

ATHENS – Alekos Fassianos, one particular of the most crucial modern Greek painters, died Sunday at his dwelling following a extensive illness, the point out information agency ANA reported. He was 86.

Alekos Fassianos was born in Athens on Dec. 16, 1935. He examined violin at the Athens Conservatory and portray at the Athens College of High-quality Arts from 1955 to 1960.

Shortly immediately after his initially exhibition in the early 1960s, he went to Paris on a French point out scholarship to study lithography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He ended up keeping in Paris for 35 several years.

Though some of his paintings, specially the early ones, were in a modern day model, he typically drew inspiration from Greek well known artwork and Ancient Greek mythology. He was also motivated by Byzantine themes, though his colourful paintings have minor to do with Byzantine austerity. Besides portray and lithography, he also illustrated publications, designed theater costumes and settings and dabbled in sculpture.

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Fassianos was greatly celebrated in Greece and a lot of of his will work adorn community areas, which includes a mural at an Athens subway station. In France, he was manufactured a commander of the Get of Arts and Letters and an officer of the Legion of Honor. He exhibited commonly in Europe and Latin America. His very last big exhibition was a 2004 retrospective in Athens.

Fassianos is survived by his spouse, Mariza, and two daughters.

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