Thursday, March 29, 2012

Alekos Fassianos

 Fassianos studied violin at the Athens Conservatory and painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1956 to 1960 where he was taught from Yannis Moralis. He then went to Paris on a French State scholarship (1962–1964) where he attended lessons on lithography along with Clairin and Caroline Chariot-Dayez. In 1966 he lives and works solely in Paris while from 1974 he divides his time between Paris and Athens. Since his first Athens exhibition in 1959 he has done more than 70 personal exhibitions in Paris, Athens, Thessaloniki, Milan, New York, London, Tokyo, Beirut, Hamburg, Munich and elsewhere. Apart from painting he has worked on scribing, poster creation, illustration of books and various publication in Greece and abroad. He has also collaborated in many theatrical projects with the National Theatre of Greece. He has also written many poems and essays. For his work there have been produced at least 4 documentaries from the Greek and French television. He has been invited to produce stamps and posters ahead of the Athens 2004 Olympics. His works are today exhibited in museums and private collections in Greece and abroad.

Fassianos personal style has been shaped at the 60s. He draws his subjects from Greek myths, Fayum portraits, Byzantine icons and the shadow theatre. His paintings are also characterised by motion which is emphasised by the hair or cloth waving in the breeze. In his artistic maturity his figures are known for their voluptuousness and the luminosity of the color he uses to highlight the sensuality and the immense pleasure of everyday life. This is probably less true of his early works. His works from the 1960s were made in the expressionist style and his figures are more grotesque.
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