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Remembering Greek Expressionist Giorgos Mavroides | A. G. Leventis Gallery

This A. G. Leventis Gallery video recalls the life and work of the 20th-century Greek artist of Cypriot origin, Giorgos Mavroides (1912-2003).

Having studied law and political science at the University of Athens, Mavroides joined the Greek diplomatic corps in 1946. Yet, his creative spirit drove him to become a self-taught artist, becoming acquainted with European painting over a 1950-52 stay in Paris.

Later, in 1959, he would become professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts, teaching there until 1982, having also served as director from 1975-77, and first dean from 1977-78.

Before abandoning his diplomatic career, he would help found the ‘Armos’ group of artists in 1948, participating in the Biennale of Sao Paulo in 1955 and 1957, of Alexandria in 1961, and of Venice in 1966.

Mavroides was honoured with the Excellence in Arts and Letters Award of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the Excellence in Arts and Letters Award of the Academy of Athens in 1995.

Versatile in his creative expression, Mavroides also pursued sculpture, and his works incorporate Expressionist and Abstract elements.

To honour his life and oeuvre, the video depicts Mavroides’ painting ‘Girl in the White Shirt’, completed in 1949, oil on canvas laid on hardboard, from the A. G. Leventis Gallery’s Greek Collection.

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