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Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghykas

 (1906 - 1994)
Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghykas was active/lived in Greece.  Nikos HadjikyriakosGhykas is known for painting and sculpture.

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghykas

Biography from Bonhams Bond Street

In 1955, Ghika embarked on a quest to capture the 'essential' in art.  As explained by the painter himself, this quest had nothing to do with either realism or naturalism.  It involved a nexus of forces, relationships and tensions that are inherent in nature and must be explored. 

From approximately 1957 on, Ghika's ordered architectural structures were gradually replaced by a world subject to natural forces, to explosions of color and form, where trees, leaves, bushes and flowers were set in motion, engaged in a perpetual, Dionysian dance.  In 1958, the artist visited the USA at the invitation of the State Department and returned to Greece by way of the Far East.  Inspired perhaps by Japanese calligraphy's pronounced gestures and constant flow of brush and pen, his landscapes became denser and more mystical, reflecting his perception of nature as a cosmogony invested with pantheistic rituals and Oriental myths.

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About  Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghykas

Born:  1906
Died:   1994
Known for:  painting and sculpture