Alekos Fasianos: “Goodbye” to one of the last greats of Greek painting

The great Greek painter from the top 20The century internationally passed away at the age of 87 years. He became a painter to be free, he said in his interviews, to paint on the floor like children.

“He entered even the simplest house. Either as a poster, or as a silkscreen, or as a small project. He made an art lyrical and poetic, but at the same time absolutely popular “, explains M. Stefanidis, professor of EKPA in the History of Art.

Three key issues remained unchanged throughout its course: man, nature and the environment. Alekos Fasianos sought to record a happier world through the simple daily life of the person who is embraced, loved, develops his spiritual and physical abilities. After all, his heroes were very often typical people who smoked, rode bicycles, traveled and hugged; but all this through the inspiring prism of mythology, Byzantium and modern history.

He was the one who had narrated his unique life but also the stimuli that “built” his art: “My grandfather was a priest. I was born in 1935 right next to the church where he operated. We had a small house with sunsets at Agios Apostolos below the Acropolis. From a very young age and because of my grandfather, I wandered around the half-dark post-Byzantine churches and helped him sometimes by bringing him the incense burner and sometimes by reading the Apostle. However, I was more attracted to the Byzantine or popular icons from the religious part. I was impressed by the holy horsemen with their halos and their swords that made flames and killed beasts. The dry Byzantine mountains in the background, the strange trees and plants and the golden skies. I was trying to copy the pictures. But I also wanted to make my own, to express my own world, as it was already shaped by everything I saw “.

His love for ancient Greek history and mythology came from his mother: “My mother was a philologist and was obsessed with the ancient Greek world. She took me to the Museums or the Acropolis at the same time and wherever she could find ancient things. I really liked the illustrated ancient vases, especially the white lekythos, which depicted funeral representations. But I was most moved by the Cycladic figurines with stylized hands, the one-piece bodies that looked like toys “.

His teacher at the School of Fine Arts was the great Giannis Moralis: “Our teacher Moralis had an influence on us both as an artist and as a person. We have learned to see the effects of darkness on light and vice versa as well as the alterations of the shapes of objects due to light. We also learned to compare things. “

His works have been exhibited in the largest galleries in the world and have traveled to the largest cradles of European culture, in Paris, Geneva, Venice, London. His art had reached as far as Tokyo and New York. All this without ever forgetting Athens from where he started (there he presented his first works in 1959).

But paintings were not his only occupation. At the same time, he had undertaken the scenography of great theatrical producers while he has signed the illustrations of dozens of publications of important poets and writers such as O. Elytis, L. Aragon, G. Apollinaire, K. Tachtsis, K. Cavafy, A. Empirikos, G. Ritsos, V. Vasilikos et al. In addition, he was also involved in engraving, poster design, and set design, collaborating mainly with the National Theater.

Alekos Fasianos never had a second thought that the only path he wanted to follow was that of painting, he was born for it. And all the rest of us are lucky for that; because the cultural heritage he left us is huge.


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