b.1935 -2022 | Greece

Alekos Fassianos

Alekos Fassianos (25 October 1935 – 16 January 2022) was born in Athens. His father was a musician and his mother taught ancient Greek. He studied violin at the National Conservatory and painting under Yannis Moralis at the School of Fine Arts in Athens (1956-1960). In 1960, he received a scholarship from the French government and went to Paris to study lithography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

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Alekos Fassianos (25 October 1935 – 16 January 2022) was born in Athens. His father was a musician and his mother taught ancient Greek. He studied violin at the National Conservatory and painting under Yannis Moralis at the School of Fine Arts in Athens (1956-1960). In 1960, he received a scholarship from the French government and went to Paris to study lithography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

In 1967, with the rise of the dictatorship of the Colonels in Greece, Fassianos moved more permanently to Paris. In 1969, legendary art dealer Paul Facchetti discovered him and they began a vibrant collaboration showing Fassianos’ works alongside fellow artists Jean Paul Riopelle and Georges Mathieu. For the artist, the solo shows organized by Facchetti were critical to furthering his career as they marked the first comprehensive showcase of his artistic idiom, which defined him. In the 70s, he was represented by Alexander Iolas Gallery, showing alongside Max Ernst, Magritte, de Chirico and Martial Raysse. Throughout his career, his works travelled from Malmö to Tokyo through Zurich, Berlin, Milan and New York.