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35 artists for Democracy

19 July 2009 / 23:07:46  GRReporter
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Giannis Moralis is one of the names in Greek fine art, which expectedly takes part in the exhibition of the 35 for Democracy. Born in 1913 in Arta and at the age of just 15, he’s accepted in the Athens Academy of Fine Art and subsequently graduates in 1936. He continues his academic path on a scholarship in Rome, followed by a period in Paris, where he studies a wide range of classic techniques – fresco, mosaics, aquarelle. Because of its distinctiveness and characteristic uniqueness his style could only be described as follows – Giannis Moralis. He works on paintings, sculpture, theatrical costumes, frescos, installations, book illustrations, and CD and other covers. His work can be seen in the National Gallery of Greece, at the “Panepistimiou” boulevard Metro station in the centre of Athens, On the South-eastern and North-western walls of the Hilton hotel in Athens and in most of the world’s big art collections. Moralis’ art illustrate the books of famous Greek poets like Odysseas Elytis and Georgios Seferis, distinguished with a Nobel Prize for literature. He also creates costumes for the plays of the National Greek Theatre and the National Ballet of Greece. Giannis Moralis is also the most distinguished art-prize winner with awards from the biennale in Venice, a gold medal from the International exhibition in Munich, and honors from the highest institutions in Greece.

One of the most renowned students of Giannis Moralis – Alekos Fasianos is also taking part in the exhibition of the 35. With more than 70 independent displays in the biggest art galleries and museums in London, Tokyo, Hamburg, Zurich, Paris, Beirut and Milano, Fasianos is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished Greek artists in the world. “I’m like the sailor, who never had a boat”, is what the painter says. His artistic style is shaped in the 60’s of the XX century and is dominated by the human and the nature, while the sea is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Fasianos defines himself as a painter of the colors, but also of the lines, while admitting that he uses his work as a means of changing the reality. And some say he does. His works pass-on harmony, beauty, eminence, and entirety. He studies antic ceramics and Byzantine iconography in order to implement their techniques not only in his paintings but in his scenography works as well. The Athenian audience will always remember his scenery for Kafka’s “America”, Euripides’ “Helen” and “The Birds” by Aristophanes. Four movies have been created for the life of Alekos Fasianos and have been shown on Greek and French television.

If for some reason you don’t find yourself satisfied by these four names, “35 artists for Democracy” will also offer to you works by Dimitris Mitaras, Vassilis Theoharakis, Kostas Tsoklis, Eduard Sakayan, Maria Louizidou, and Giannis Kondons. Don’t forget the place and the time: Zappio Hall, July 24 – August 10, every day 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m – 9 p.m.!

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