NIKOS KESSANLIS – PHANTASMAGORIES

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Nikos Kessanlis ( 1930-2004)

Nikos Kessanlis was a student of Yiannis Moralis until he went to Rome where he studied at the Instituto Centrale del Restauro until 1959. Following that he moved to Paris in 1961 where he joined the Nouveaux Realistes. His work was experimental and used various techniques which reflected the free and abstract “art informal”.His work titled Queue was created in 2003 and placed at the Omonia Metro station.
He has presented numerous exhibitions and participated in many group shows. He received the Modigliani award in ( 1959 Livorno), the Premio Lissone award and an honorary distinction at the San Paulo Biennale (1961) as well as the first prize at the Salon de Montrouge (1997). In 1988 he and Caniaris represented Greece in the Venice Biennale. His first retrospective was held at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art ( Thessaloniki 1997.) After his death in 2004, many commemorative exhibitions were held and a monograph of his works was published in 2009.

“Phantasmagories”,1986
Photographic reproduction on canvas
180 x 80 cm