ALEKOS FASSIANOS, COUPLE ON THE BALCONY, 2016
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Considered to be the greatest living Greek painter and one of the most prolific, Alekos Fassianos was born in Athens in 1935. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts (1956-1960) where he studied under G. Moralis, then moved to Paris to study lithography at the Paris Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Ε. Clairin and G. Dayez. During those years he made the acquaintance and interacted with some of the most remarkable artists of the time.
Fassianos used to design the stage decorations for major classic and modern productions, seeking out his own unique artistic forms at the same time. Following a short period which can be characterized as abstract (1957-1958), he adopted a very personal style for his paintings that are now exclusively figurative. As early as the ‘60s, man has been established as the main theme in Fassianos’ paintings – in line with the millennia of his homeland’s tradition – and slowly but steadily everyday life was brought into the forefront of his art. Human figures are used as symbolisms for life and are always under the luminous Greek sun. Gradually, his figures have evolved into timeless archetypes but, at the same time, a sense of movement has been introduced into his paintings, usually by the use of a scarf that is blown by the wind or by a bird flying.
Fassianos’ artworks have been exhibited in the world’s most renowned museums and galleries, particularly in Athens, Paris and throughout Europe, as well as in Tokyo, New York, Sao Paulo and Melbourne. He has been awarded for his contributions to art by the French state and by the Academy of Athens.
Fassianos currently resides and works in Athens, but always refers to France as his second home.