Famous Greek painter Alekos Fassianos dies aged 86 | Entertainment News

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Alekos Fassianos, one of the most important modern Greek painters, died Sunday at his home after a long illness, the official ANA news agency reported. He was 86 years old.

Alekos Fassianos was born in Athens on December 16, 1935. He studied violin at the Athens Conservatory and painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1955 to 1960.

Shortly after his first exhibition in the early 1960s, he traveled to Paris on a French state scholarship to study lithography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He ended up staying in Paris for 35 years.

Although some of his paintings, especially the early ones, are contemporary in style, he was mostly inspired by Greek folk art and ancient Greek mythology. He was also inspired by Byzantine themes, although his colorful paintings had little to do with Byzantine austerity. In addition to painting and lithography, he also illustrated books, designed costumes and theater sets, and practiced sculpture.

Fassianos was widely celebrated in Greece, and many of his works adorn public spaces, including a mural in an Athens metro station. In France, he was made Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters and Officer of the Legion of Honor. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and Latin America. His last major exhibition was a 2004 retrospective in Athens.

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Fassianos is survived by his wife, Mariza, and two daughters.

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