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 Lefteris Olympios  (1953 - )

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Lived/Active: Holland/Cyprus      Known for: abstract still life painting

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Lefteris Olympios was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1953. ?? In Athens he studied graphic arts at Doxiades Academy 1973-76? and painting, iconography, fresco and mosaic at the School of Fine Arts 1978-84. ?? He continued at the Free Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague1984-86 studying painting and sculpture. ??

In the summer of 1985 he visited the IJmuider Kring, an artists' community in IJmuiden, a village close to Amsterdam. His contact with this group and especially the painter Lei Moulin was crucial for the development of his work. ?? Since 1986 he settled in Amsterdam where he lives and works.

He exhibits his work regularly in Cyprus, Greece and The Netherlands as well as at various international shows. ?? In 1996, he started working on the series of Promise after the events of Derynia, the same year of the tragic deaths of Tassos Isaak and Solomos Solomou, murdered Greek Cypriot refugees.

He finished Promise in 2000 and the next three years exhibited in six cities in four different countries. Portugal, Holland, Greece and Mexico. This series broke away from local dimensions and ended up depicting the universal agony of mankind.  ??In 1997 he participated in the 47th Venice Biennale with the series of work Filoxenia.

Olympios's investigations move around aspects of Cyprus’ civilization as they evolved through the Byzantine tradition and the Mediterranean landscape. ??The main units of his work are: Deposition, Shells, Filoxenia, Ichthis , Promise, Katharsis, Eleonora's Gown and Panagies tis Omorfias.

Exhibitions:

One World Poetry
One man show
Melkweg Gallery, Amsterdam 1985

Figures
One man show
Populier, Amsterdam 1986
Gloria Gallery, Nicosia 1986

Ontmoeting van twee Culturen
Griekenland - Nederland
Group exhibition
Curator Hans Hendrikx
Municipal Cultural Centre, Rhodos 1986
Arts Centre, Athens 1988

Dutch landscapes
One man show
De Blauwe Kiekendief Gallery, De Bilt 1987
Imago Gallery, Amsterdam 1988

Selective work
3rd Cairo Biennale, Cairo 1988

The Queens
One man show
Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens 1989

Hellas in Holland
Group exhibition    
Curator Yvonne Scheper
Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam 1989
Yvonne Scheper Gallery, Haarlem 1989

Iniochos
One man show
Morphi   Gallery, Limassol 1989

The procession
One man show
Imago Gallery, Amsterdam 1990
Gloria Gallery, Nicosia 1990
Astrolavos Gallery, Piraeus 1991

Greek landscapes
One man show
Imago Gallery, Amsterdam 1992
Gloria Gallery, Nicosia 1993
Epoches Gallery, Kifisia 1993

The Fairness of Spring
Group exhibition
Curator Gloria Skourti - Kassianides
Famagusta Gate, Nicosia 1993

Deposition
One man show
Kreonides Gallery, Athens 1995
House of Cyprus, Athens 1995

Jezus is boos
Group exhibition
Curator Rob Smolders
Museum De Wieger, Deurne 1995
Museum Katharijne Convent, Utrecht 1995

Group Exhibition    
Robert & Partners Gallery    
Curator Bart Suys, Oostende 1995

Shells
One man show
Josine Bokhoven Gallery, Amsterdam 1995
Gloria Gallery, Nicosia 1996

Art Athina 4 ’96
with Epoches Gallery, Athens 1996

Philoxenia
47th Venice Biennale
Commissioner Eleni Nikita, Venice 1997
One man show
Josine Bokhoven Gallery, Amsterdam 1997    
Gloria Gallery, Nicosia 1998

Art Athina 5 ’97
with Gloria Gallery, Athens 1997

9th India Triennale
Commisionner Nadia Stylianou, New Delhi 1997

Kunst RAI
With Sky Art Gallery Antwerp, Amsterdam 1998

Apocalypse
Group exhibition    
Stichting Kunst Manifestatie Delden
Oude Blasiuskerk
Curator Lisette Pelsers, Delden 1998

Art Athina 6 ’98    
With Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Athens 1998

Anafores
Group exhibition
Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam 1998

Zien is geloven
Group exhibition    
Curator: Jan Jacobs Mulder,
Roni Klinkhamer    
De Vishal, Haarlem 1998

In front of The last supper by Da Vinci
Group exhibition
Astrolavos dexameni, Athens 1999

Group exhibition    
Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki 1999

Art Athina 7 ’99
with Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Athens 1999

Kain of Abel
Symposium : Art in the church –service
Oude Blasiuskerk, Delden 2000

Snapshots
2nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
curator Dimitris Eipides
Mylos Art Gallery, Thessaloniki 2000

Twelve Cypriot Artists
Group exhibition
Curator Gloria Skourti – Kassianides
Municipal Cultural Centre, Ioannina 2000

Harvest Contemporary Art from the Netherlands
Group exhibition
Curator Suzanne Biederberg
Church of St.Vincente, Evora 2000  
Fundacao D. Luis I, Cascais 2000

Kunst RAI
with Josine Bokhoven Gallery, Amsterdam 2001

Promise
One man show
Curator Efi Strousa
Josine Bokhoven Gallery, Amsterdam 2001
former Archaelogical Museum
(Yeni Tzami) during Dimitria, Thessaloniki 2001
Astrolavos dexameni Gallery, Athens 2002
Casa del Lago, Mexico City 2003

Sacred Mediterranean   
Contemporary Art and Architecture
A Dialogue among Cultures
Group exhibition  
Curator : Carmelo Strano
Museum of Visual Arts, Catania 2001 - 2002    

4 Propositions
Group exhibition
Zacharias Gallery, Limassol 2002

Kites
Group exhibition
Astrolavos dexameni, Athens 2003

Katharsis
One man show
Bey Hamam, Thessaloniki 2004
Gloria Gallery, Nicosia 2004

Eleonora’s gown
One man show
Josine Bokhoven Gallery, Amsterdam 2005
Pierides Museum, Larnaca 2005

Show your Hope
Group exhibition
De Witte Dame, Eindhoven 2005

Accidental Meetings
Group exhibition
The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia 2005

3 Units
One man Show
Morphi Gallery
Limassol 2007
?Panagies tis Omorfias
One man show
Galerie Josine Bokhoven
Amsterdam 2007

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Biography from Psatharis Auctions:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Lefteris Olympios was born in Limassol in 1953.  He studied Graphic Arts at Doxiadis School in Athens from 1973 to 1976.  He continued with studies in painting, hagiography, fresco and mosaic at the School of Fine Arts, Athens from 1978  1984, with D. Mytaras, P. Tetsis, K. Xynopoulos, and G. Kolefas. Finally, he studied painting and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague from 1984 to 1986.

He has exhibited in several solo and group shows in Cyprus as well as abroad - including, Greece, Holland, Cairo Biennale 1988, Venice Biennale 1997.

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