The Greek artist Alekos Fassianos dies at the age of 86 | News | DW

Greek artist Alekos Fassianos died Sunday at the age of 86 in his home after a long illness, the state news agency ANA reported.

Born on December 16, 1935, Fassianos studied violin at the Athens Conservatory and painted at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1955 to 1960.

Shortly after his first exhibition, he moved from his hometown of Athens to Paris after obtaining a French state scholarship to study lithography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts).

He ended up staying in the French capital for the next 35 years.

Influenced by Greek mythology

Although some of his early paintings were in a modern style, he also drew much inspiration from popular art and ancient Greek mythology. He was also excited by Byzantine themes. In addition to painting and lithography, he also illustrated books, drew costumes for theater performances and created sculptures.

Described by some as Picasso of Greece, Fassiano’s was highly praised, and many of his works adorn public spaces, including a mural on a metro station in the Greek capital.

In France he was appointed Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and officer of the Legion of Honor. His works have been exhibited in Europe and Latin America. His last major exhibition was a 2004 retrospective in Athens.

Precious heritage

“All of Fassianos’ work, the colors that filled his canvases, the multidimensional shapes that dominated his paintings, radiate Greece,” Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said in a statement.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Fassianos “always balanced between realism and abstraction” and that he “leaves us a valuable legacy”.

Fassianos leaves behind his wife, Mariza, and two daughters.

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