Greek artist Alekos Fassianos dies at 86 | News | DW

Greek artist Alekos Fassianos died at the age of 86 on Sunday at his home after a long illness, the official ANA news agency reported.

Born on December 16, 1935, Fassianos studied violin at the Athens Conservatory and painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1955 to 1960.

Shortly after his first exhibition, he left his hometown of Athens for Paris after obtaining a French state scholarship to study lithography at the École des Beaux-Arts.

He ended up staying in the French capital for the next 35 years.

Influenced by Greek mythology

Although some of his early paintings were contemporary in style, he also drew heavily on folk art and ancient Greek mythology. It was also stirred by Byzantine themes. In addition to painting and lithography, he also illustrated books, designed costumes for theater productions, and created sculptures.

Described by some as the Picasso of Greece, Fassianos has been widely acclaimed and many of his works adorn public spaces, including a mural in a metro station in the Greek capital.

In France, he was made Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and Officer of the Legion of Honor. His works have been exhibited across Europe and Latin America. His last major exhibition was a 2004 retrospective in Athens.

Precious heritage

“All of Fassianos’ work, the colors that filled his canvases, the multidimensional shapes that dominated his paintings, exude Greece,” Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said in a statement.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Fassianos “always balanced between realism and abstraction” and that he “leaves us a precious legacy”.

Fassianos leaves behind his wife Mariza and his two daughters.

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