The Life and Times of Alekos Fassianos

Greek contemporary artist Alekos Fassianos poses with his artworks in his house in Athens, Greece, Jan. 18, 2018. (Louisa Nikolaidou via AFP)

Born in Athens in 1935, Alekos Fassianos was an emblematic figure of the Greek 20th century art scene and one of Greece’s most celebrated painters. He passed away on January 16 2022.

Fassianos's interests and talents were seemingly marked from an early age; his father was a music teach and composer while his mother, who had a keen interest in history, taught ancient Greek and took the children to archaeological sites. His grandfather's influence was most keen, and it was he who encouraged Fassianos to pursue art. In 1945, amidst the horrors of the Second World War and the Greek Civil War, Fassianos began to paint.