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Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1945.

Born 24 March 1917, in São Paulo, to Greek parents.

Sculptor, painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, engraver. Portraits, landscapes, still-lifes.

Born in Brazil to Greek parents, Constantin Andreu went with them to Athens in 1925. In 1932 he decided to become a sculptor but then had to earn his living as a cabinet maker. He was nevertheless able to follow courses at the school of applied arts in the city. In ...

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Greek, 20th century, female.

Active in France.

Born on Corfu.

Sculptor.

Lamprothea Angelaton exhibited at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1934 onwards, became a member in 1937 and exhibited there again in 1942.

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born in Smyrna (now Izmir).

Sculptor. Portraits. Busts.

Athanase Apartis executed mostly busts or portraits, especially of contemporary personalities, such as: the former Greek prime minister Venizelos, the French philosopher Alain, and the French writer Georges Duhamel. He exhibited in Paris at the Salon d'Automne from ...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1909, on Corfu.

Sculptor.

Achilles Apergis studied at the school of fine arts in Athens.

Up to 1950, his work was figurative in style, after which he evolved progressively towards Abstraction. In a first series of sculptures made from soldered sheet metal, the inspiration still originates from the observation of nature. Later he began to use iron bars, which gave his sculptures a more robust, yet less figurative, character. From ...

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Greek, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Germany.

Born 1954, in Athens.

Draughtsman, engraver, sculptor, video artist. Multimedia.

Michalis Arfaras first studied painting at the school of fine arts in Athens between 1972 and 1974. He continued his studies at the college of fine arts in Brunswick in Germany where he specialised in engraving and produced book illustrations and comic strips. He now lives and works in Hildesheim where he teaches graphic art at the university....

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Greek, 20th century, female.

Born in Athens.

Sculptor.

Argyropoulo was a pupil of François Léon Sicard, and exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris from 1932 to 1939.

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in Austria.

Born 26 September 1922, in Batumi, to Greek parents.

Sculptor.

Between 1937 and 1939, Joannis Avramidis studied at the Batumi school of fine arts, before going to Athens, where he continued to study painting from 1939 to 1943...

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Kirk Ambrose

(b Moscow, May 7, 1903; d Paris, Jan 25, 1988).

Lithuanian art historian, scholar of folklore and Egyptology, and diplomat of Russian birth. Son of the celebrated Lithuanian Symbolist poet of the same name, Jurgis Baltrušaitis II studied under Henri(-Joseph) Focillon at the Sorbonne and earned the PhD in 1931. The concerns of his mentor are evident in La stylistique ornementale dans la sculpture romane (1931), which reprises and extends arguments for the ‘law of the frame’ in Romanesque sculpture. Accordingly, the shapes of architectural members, such as capitals and tympana, determined the articulation of sculptural forms. This theory could account for the genesis of a wide array of monumental carvings, from foliate capitals to narrative reliefs, but ultimately it had a rather limited impact on the field of Romanesque sculptural studies. In a scathing critique, Schapiro argued that Baltrušaitis’s book—and by implication Focillon’s methods—robbed Romanesque sculptors of agency and neglected the religious and expressive meanings of this art form....

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Greek, 20th century, female.

Born 1905, in Alexandria.

Painter, sculptor. Nudes, portraits.

From the age of seven Ismène Bellos lived in Athens where she studied at the school of fine arts. She then went to Paris, where, from 1955, she exhibited mostly female nudes in the main Parisian shows. She also executed portraits, which she showed in solo exhibitions ...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born in Chania.

Sculptor.

Calahora exhibited a bust at the Salon d'Automne in Paris in 1931.

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1928, in Athens.

Painter, sculptor.

Vlassis Caniaris studied medicine before enrolling in the Athens school of fine arts. He lived in Rome between 1956 and 1960, then in Paris before returning to Greece. His work was influenced by both American Pop Art in the 1960s, and particularly by the ...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born c. 1920, in Panetolicon.

Sculptor.

Capralos first studied at the school of fine arts in Athens before going on to study sculpture in the Marcel Gimon's studio in Paris.

After 1951 he worked in stone and produced, from 1958, architectural type works in bronze inspired by the symbolised human form, and, from ...

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Greek, 20th century, female.

Born in Kefallonia.

Painter, illustrator.

Wife of the sculptor Costas Valsamis, Zoe Catrava studied at the school of fine arts in Athens and in Paris and then at the Académie Lhote in 1956. Her work concentrated on illustrations and decorations. She exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries (...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA.

Born 10 February 1885, in Potamos.

Sculptor, painter.

Emmanuel Cavacos emigrated to the USA at a young age. He was a student at the School of Fine Arts in Baltimore and then the pupil of both Jules Coutan and Peter in Paris. Winner of the Prix de Rome for North American artists (...

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Greek, 20th century, female.

Active in the USA from 1954.

Born 1933, in Athens; died 23 December 2013.

Painter, sculptor. Multimedia.

Varda Chryssa spent time in Paris before settling in the USA in 1954, aged 21. She had just completed her studies at the Scholi Kinonikis Pronias in Athens....

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Greek, 20th century, female.

Born in Athens.

Sculptor.

Lea Constantinides was a pupil of Naellier. She showed at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1928.

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Sculptor.

Valsamis Costas received the gold medal of the Ordre des Arts, des Sciences et des Lettres in 1970.

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Costi  

Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 27 November 1906, in Athens. Died 2004.

Sculptor.

Costi entered the school of fine arts in Athens in 1920. In 1925, he went to Paris, where he entered the Académie Julian with Landowski and Bouchard and in 1926, he studied with Bourdelle at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Back in Greece ...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in France from 1945.

Born 21 December 1918, in Athens; died 1995, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

Sculptor.

Costas Coulentianos studied at the school of fine arts in Athens between 1936 and 1940. In 1945 with a grant from the French government he moved to Paris, where he met and was advised by Henri Laurens, and later to Plan d'Orgon in southern France. Very early on, he worked in iron and lead, drawing inspiration first from external reality and representing human or animal forms. He soon eliminated the anecdotal element of resemblance, preserving only the essence of the gesture or the attitude: of a bird, for example, he only retained flight. In ...

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Danil  

Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1924, in Pyrgos.

Painter, sculptor.

Cyber Art.

After studying medicine in 1943 and 1944, Danil studied at the school of fine arts in Athens from 1944 to 1947. Above all, he worked on frescoes in the churches in the Peloponnese, and painted icons. In ...