WHAT MICHEL ESTADES SAYS:
Alecos Fassianos is a Greek painter who remains deeply attached to France, where he used to live. His work, instilled with poetry and fantasy, portrays the contemporary world through a mythological lens. His delicate and light-filled paintings are an invitation to travel and dream.
Alecos Fassianos biography:
Born in Athens, Alecos Fassianos studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1956 to 1960 with Yannis Moralis. Then, he got a scholarship from the French government and moved to Paris from 1960 to 1963. There, he studied lithography at the National Fine Arts Institute in Paris. He met artists and writers who would leave their mark on the time. Louis Aragon commented on his works, and Jean-Marie Drot, who later devoted a monograph to the artist entitled “La volupté mythologique” (Mythological Voluptuousness).
Alecos returned to his native country, and he worked for various Greek magazines. His first one-person show was in Athens. Following the 1967 dictatorship coup in Greece,
Alecos Fassianos went into exile in Paris.
Fascinated by the originality of his work, Paul Facchetti gave him an exhibit in 1969 and published a series of engravings and lithographs executed between 1968 and 1971.
Alecos Fassianos’ work
The work of Alecos Fassianos is a combination of pictorial stories, borrowing themes from Greek mythology and the modern world. His tales focus on the Mediterranean’s ochre and bluish hues.
Alecos created sets for great classical, and modern theatre plays for such occasions as the Athens festival. Inspired by his graphic research, his “Small Theatre of Shadows and Forms” was introduced at the “Revue parlée” in Paris at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1983.
He produced numerous bibliophile books (Editions A. Biren and Fata Morgana) that are today sought after by collectors.
Known internationally, Alecos Fassianos exhibits all over the world in places like Paris, Athens, Tokyo, New York, Stockholm, Malmô (Sweden), or at the São Polo biennial, in Venice, Berlin (Herrmann Gallery), and in Australia (Melbourne, 2011).
Alecos Fassianos and mythology
Alecos Fassianos is considered today as one of the greatest contemporary Greek artists. In 2004, he returned to Athens, where he now lives and works.
France remains his second home, and he regularly exhibits his new work there. Since 2002, he is part of the permanent collection on the four sites of the Estades Gallery, in Paris, Lyon, Toulon, and Baden-Baden (Germany).
Between the gods of Olympus’ mythology and the endless movement of our modern world, Fassianos carefully mixes his influences and obsessions.
His images and subjects bathed in light sing of Ancient Greece and evoke its mythical gods.
Alecos Fassianos is a painter of the sun and immerges us into the luminous and warm atmosphere of his canvas. His palette favors all variations of blue, from the brightest to the palest dancing with vermilion red, deep green, gold, silver, and ochre.
See the work of Grand Masters exhibited at the Estades Gallery