Greece mourns one of its greatest painters

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A mural on a metro station in Athens by the famous painter Alekos Fassianos. [Yiannis Dimitropoulos/Intime News]

One of Greece’s most famous artists, the painter Alekos Fassianos, died on Sunday at the age of 86 in Athens after a long illness.

“Greece no longer has with it a great artist who squandered colors on his daily life,” said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the artist, whose paintings were exhibited worldwide, including Paris, London, Tokyo and New York.

Fassianos, described by some as the Picasso of Greece, graduated from the Athens Academy of Arts and moved to Paris in 1960 to study lithography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

He adopted a personal anthropocentric style, influenced by abstract art. “All of Fassianos’ work, the colors that filled his canvases, the multidimensional shapes that dominated his paintings, exude Greece,” said Culture Minister Lina Mendoni. Fassianos leaves behind his wife, Mariza, and two daughters.

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