Alekos Fassianos


Alekos Fassianos was born in Athens in 1935. He began his studies at the Athens Music Conservatory where he studied the violin. This was followed by a period where he studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Yiannis Moralis (1956-1960). In 1959 his first solo exhibition was held in Athens. His characteristic style is formed in the early 1960’s and certain themes that remain steadfast in his oeuvre are that of the human form,nature and the environment one lives in.

In 1960, he moved to Paris to study lithography at the École des Beaux Arts alongside Clairin and Dayez with a scholarship from the French government. In 1966 he settled in Paris and from 1974 onwards he divided his time between Paris and Athens. His art has been exhibited in more than eighty solo shows. He has exhibited in museums worldwide and prestigious galleries internationally. Many of these in Athens and Paris but all over Europe and also in Tokyo, Beirut, New York, San Paulo and Melbourne.

Fassianos participated in several Biennales (San Paulo 1971, Venice in 1972, Baden Baden in 1985). He worked extensively with engravings, poster design and theatre set design primarily with the National Theatre (productions such as, Kafka’s “Amerika” directed by Alexis Solomos in 1975, Euripides’ “Helen” 1976 and ‘The Birds” by Aristophanes in 1978, etc.). Fassianos also illustrated several books in Greece and overseas by well known poets and authors.His work has been the subject of four films for both Greek and French television as well as for several books. His work today may be found in many museums and important collections. AlekosFassianosis consideredto be one of the most significant artists of his time.