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Our heritage in sculptures

By Maria Gregoriou

As of Wednesday, the Alpha C.K. Art Gallery in Nicosia will be hosting an exhibition of sculptures by internationally acclaimed Cypriot sculptor Dimitris Constantinou.

Constantinou, whose body of work was created during a six-decade career, is considered to be one of the veteran artists of neohellenic sculpture. Today his work can be found in all significant public collections in Greece and Cyprus, as well as in numerous public areas.

During his career, Constantinou presented his work in various solo and group exhibitions on the island and abroad, the most important being the eighth Alexandria Biennale in 1970, where he was awarded the second prize in sculpture.

The sculptor belongs to the generation of Cypriot artists born during the interwar period. He was part of the movement which synchronised Cypriot art with international developments in the field. This participation in the movement created modernist sculptures, which reflected maturity and a continuous pursuit of artistic growth.

He was born in 1924 in Alexandria to Cypriot parents. He studied artistic metalworking at the Italian Technical School Don Bosco in Cairo.

Constantinou’s artistic career began in the 60s, during the time when he became particularly interested in metalworking and was inspired by the diverse abilities and potential of this material.

His work is mainly characterised by a simplicity of forms, emphasis on the rhythmic alternation of layers, harmonious development of volumes and precision of the overall work. Sculptures by Constantinou can be found in collections of the National Gallery of Athens, the Greek Ministry of Culture, University of Thessaloniki, University of Cyprus, the State Gallery of Contemporary Art in Cyprus, and in various private collections in Cyprus and abroad.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on Wednesday at 7pm by prize-winning architect and friend of the artist, Iraklis Papachristou, who will also give a welcoming speech.

Tribute to Sculptor Dimitris Constantinou
Solo sculpture exhibition. Opens March 18, 7pm until April 4. Alpha Gallery, Makarios Avenue & 3 Papanikoli Street, Nicosia. Monday-Saturday 10.30 am-1pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm. Tel: 22-751325 / 99-303366. www.art.com.cy

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