Alekos Fassianos, one of the most important modern Greek painters, died on Sunday in his home after a long illness, the state news agency ANA reported. He was 86.
Alekos Fassianos was born in Athens on December 16, 1935. He studied violin at the Athens Conservatory and painted at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1955 to 1960.
Shortly after his first exhibition in the early 1960s, he went to Paris on a French state scholarship to study lithography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He ended up staying in Paris for 35 years.
Although some of his paintings, especially the early ones, were in a modern style, he mostly drew inspiration from Greek popular art and ancient Greek mythology. He was also inspired by Byzantine themes, although his colorful paintings have little to do with Byzantine austerity. In addition to painting and lithography, he also illustrated books, drew theater costumes and scenes, and dived with sculpture.
Fassianos was widely celebrated in Greece, and many of his works adorn public spaces, including a mural on a metro station in Athens. In France he was appointed Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and officer of the Legion of Honor. He has exhibited widely in Europe and Latin America. His last exhibition was a retrospective in Athens in 2004.
Fassianos leaves behind his wife, Mariza, and two daughters.
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