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1931 - 2020
Constantin Xenakis was born in 1931 in Cairo (Egypt). He studied Architecture and Interior Design at the École Supérieure des Arts Modernes and Painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière (1956-61). He taught at the Schiller College and at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Berlin (1970, DAAD grant). He settled permanently in France in 1973. He taught at the École Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique (Cachan), he participated in educational committees and he presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. He held the retrospective exhibition “The Return of the Artist: 1958-1996” in Alexandria and Cairo (1996). He exhibited his autobiographical series “The Book of My Life” in three parts (1995, 1997, 2003) in Greece, and in 2003 he organized a retrospective exhibition, with works of 20 years (State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki). Two monographs have been published on his work so far in Greek (1995 and 2009). He was awarded the “Pierre Delmas” prize by the Institute de France (1996).