Duration: 03 June – 31 July 1994
Organisation: NiMAC [Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with Pierides Gallery] and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art – Thessaloniki
Sponsor: Universal Life
Curator: Yiannis Toumazis
The exhibition covers the whole spectrum of Fassianos’ artistic creation from the early ’50’s until today. Over 80 of his most representative works are exhibited in this show, paintings that compose most vividly the artist’s magical and poetic vocabulary.
Fassianos’ universe, so utterly personal and tenderly erotic, manifests its integrity with an abundance of youthful pride. Colour becomes the life breath that is blown into the human figure giving it a metaphysical existence. There is a perpetual and perturbing movement in Fassianos’ work. The journey refers to Ulysses who waves Penelope’s eternal woven shawl. Demeter’s corn, the fish and the horse, the bed and the sea, the warm light of myth and reality.
Fassianos’ figures sing endlessly their lonely idyllic song, sending out a sensual and nonchalant call, a call for life and communion. And when Persephone ascends to Earth, everything unites with nature in “an eternal summer”.
Alekos Fassianos was born in Athens in 1935. He started painting at a very young age. He studied the violin at the Athens’ Conservatory and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Athens and in Paris. His works are to be found in many museums and galleries as well as in private collections home and abroad. Fassianos is also an excellent engraver. Furthermore he has often been involved in creating designs for the theatre.
The artist himself, as well as art critics and art publishers from Europe and America will be present at the opening.
The Cypriot composer Savvas Savva will honour the opening night with his piano music at the Centre’s courtyard.