Acclaimed Greek artist Alekos Fassianos, who has studied in Paris for 35 years, received one of the greatest honors of the French Republic a few days ago at the French Embassy in Athens.
In his brief greeting after receiving the award of the “Celebrities of the Officer of the Legion of Honor” by the French Ambassador Jean – Louis Delfosse, Alekos Fasianos expressed his gratitude to the country that allowed him to show his talent.
Mr. Delfosse talked about the life and work of the Greek painter, who was born under the sacred rock of Acropolis, while his mother who was a philologist, introduced him to the ancient culture and the French language.
The event was attended by representatives of the political, cultural and business fields.
Fassianos studied violin at the Athens Conservatory, and painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1956 to 1960 where he was taught from Yannis Moralis. He then went to Paris on a French State scholarship (1962–1964) where he attended lessons on lithography along with Clairin and Caroline Chariot-Dayez. In 1966 he lived and worked solely in Paris, while from 1974 he divided his time between Paris and Athens. Since his first Athens exhibition in 1959, he has done more than 70 personal exhibitions in Paris, Athens, Thessaloniki, Milan, New York, London, Tokyo, Beirut, Hamburg, Munich to name a few. He was invited to produce stamps and posters for the Athens 2004 Olympics. His works are exhibited today in museums and private collections in Greece and abroad.