Beauty lies behind what you feel, not behind what you see
Αλέκος Φασιανός

Fassianos himself relates: “For five years I applied myself to drawing ancient heads and nude models. I can’t say I didn’t learn anything from this – quite the opposite.

Our teacher Moralis had an influence on us both as an artist and as a human being. We learned to observe the effects of darkness on light and vice versa as well as how objects changed shape as the light changed. We also learned to compare things. But I was always thinking of saints with their haloes, their staffs, their swords, their varied attire, and the red or white horses that jumped over flame-blowing dragons.

I was thinking less of the Cycladic figurines at the time.

I also liked Japanese art and Indian tantric painting. But I never felt the mysticism. I started painting people again in uniforms and ornaments in gardens. They were unmoving, they were expressionless and held flowers.

Later these small figures of people that I painted in uniforms began to dissolve, to become colored beings with flowers all around, sometimes pleasant looking, sometimes terrifying

And now the ones I paint hold flaming swords like the Byzantine saints. But they are untainted creatures from my imagination, just as they first issued from dark churches. I like red and blue volumes, but not abstraction.

Color should always have meaning!

-Alekos Fassianos, Athens 1964

Colour has its meaning

A FASIANOS

BORN
1935
National Conservatory of Athens
He studied violin for 12 years.

ATHENS
His childhood experiences in the city were crucial to his inspiration

IMPORTANT MILESTONES

SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT
Scholarship from the French Government for the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts [National School of Fine Arts] in Paris

ORDER OF THE ARTS AND LETTER
Awarded Officer by the then French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand

ORDER OF THE LEGION OF HONOR (Officier des Lettres et des Arts)
Decorated with the Legion of Honor by the President of the French Republic

HONORARY MEMBER
Russian Academy of Arts

 

 

RECOGNITION

PUBLICATIONS
Nearly 200 illustrated books

EXHIBITIONS
Participated in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions worldwide

LIMITED REPRODUCTIONS
An important collaboration with writers, poets and publishing houses such as Fata Morgana.

2019
ATHENS
B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music
TOKYO
Galleria Grafika Tokio
2018
HYDRA
Historical Archives Museum of Hydra
ATHENS
Municipal Art Gallery of Athens
PARIS
Galerie Sophie Scheidecker
2017
MYKONOS
Kapopoulos Fine Arts
PATMOS
Kapopoulos Fine Arts
PARIS
Gallerie Pierre Allain - Challier
2016
ST PETERSBURGH
The State Museum of the History of Religion
2014
GENEVA
Galleria Sonia Zannettacci
SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE
Espace Paul et André Vera
2013
LA SEYNE-SUR-MER
Villa Tamaris
2012
TOULOUSE
Abbaye Ecole de Sorèze
LONDON
Grosvenor Gallery
PARIS
Galerie Di Meo
PARIS
Galerie Estades