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Kostas Paniaras

1934 - 2014
Kostas Paniaras was born in 1934 in Kiato, Korinthia. After taking his first painting lessons with Theodoros Lekos (Errikos), he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Yannis Moralis, simultaneously taking lessons with Eleni Zongolopoulou. His first solo exhibition was presented in 1956 in Athens (Monica Pane gallery). He then left for Paris, where he studied painting at the studio of André Lhote, mosaic and fresco at the studio of Gino Severini and lithography at the École des Beaux Arts. Until 1976, he stayed in Paris with visits to the U.S.A., Iran and the Far East. He presented his works—paintings, sculptures, constructions and installations—in many solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. From 1961 to 1983 he cooperated with the Alexander Iolas Gallery in New York. Retrospective exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Pieridis Art Gallery (1984) and the Benaki Museum (‘Landscapes and Utopia’, 2007). He died in Athens in 2014.

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1956, Monica Pane Gallery, Athens, 1961, Galerie d’Antiques, Deauville, France, 1961, Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, USA, 1961, French Institute of Athens, Athens, 1961, Domergue Gallery, Deauville, France, 1962, Frankfurter Kunstkabinett, Frankfurt, Germany, 1963, Nees Morfes Art Gallery, Athens, 1964, Alexander Iolas Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 1965, Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, USA, 1965, Galerie Filker, Paris, France, 1966, Athens Hilton Hall, Athens, 1966, Frankfurter Kunstkabinett, Frankfurt, Germany, 1967, Borghese Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 1969, Iolas Gallery, Paris, France, 1971, Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, USA, 1971, Warren Gallery, Los Angeles (CA), USA, 1971, Mayer Gallery, San Francisco (CA), USA, 1973, Iolas Gallery, Paris, France, 1974, Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, USA, 1981, Athens Art Gallery, Athens, 1982, Samy Kinge Gallery, Paris, France, 1983, Omega Gallery, P. Psychiko, 1983, Iolas-Jackson Gallery, New York, USA, 1983, Psichiko Art Gallery, Psychiko, 1984, Pierides Gallery, Glyfada, 1984, Miranda Gallery, Hydra, 1986, Andros Museum of Contemporary Art, Vasilis and EliseGoulandris Foundation, Andros, 1987, Morfi Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus, 1988, Ermos Gallery, Thessaloniki, 1988, Athens Art Gallery, Athens, 1988, Anglican Church, Patras, 1989, Agathi Art Gallery, Athens, 1990, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, 1992, Gallery 3, Athens, 1992, Heraklion Art Gallery, Heraklion, Crete, 1992, Agathi Art Gallery, Athens, 1993, Lola Nicolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, 1994, Nees Morfes Art Gallery, Athens, 1995, Psychiko Cultural Center, Psychiko, 1995, Argo Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus, 1996, Space of Contemporary Art Amymoni, Ioannina, 1997, Lola Nicolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, 1997, Nees Morfes Art Gallery, Athens, 1999, Nees Morfes Art Gallery, Athens, 1999, Polygnosos Art Gallery, Heraklion, Crete, 2000, Wigmore Fine Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2000, Lola Nicolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, 2003, Cyclades Gallery, Syros, 2003, Nees Morfes Art Gallery, Athens, 2007, Benaki Museum - Piraeus Street Building, Athens, 2007, Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa - G. Katsigras Museum, Larissa, 2008, Art Space Visual Circle, Athens, 2009, Fotis and Melpis Kremmida House Exhibition Hall, Kefalonia, 2010, Art Space Visual Circle, Athens, 2011, DESTE Foundation, Nea Ionia, 2012, Greek-Germanic Education, Pallini, Attica, 2015, Benaki Museum, Athens, 2018, Archaeological Museum of Poros, Poros, 2018, Citronne Gallery, Poros

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