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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: historical site, genre and maritime painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted March 2004, is from Peter Kostoulakos, ISA Fine Art Consultant,

Vassilios Giavis, painter and illustrator of historical sites, diners, people, maritime scenes, cityscapes, and landscapes, was born on December 21, 1929 in Lowell, MA. He is currently residing and working in Lowell and has a studio at the Brush Gallery on Market Street in downtown Lowell.

After high school, Giavis earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA and then served in the United States Army for two years. His detailed, realistic paintings of scenes throughout the New England area and Greece are rendered in watercolor, oil, or acrylic. Once Giavis has an idea for a painting, it becomes one of a theme series: diners, city halls, people, historic buildings, etc. The focus of one theme produced a series of paintings revolving around the life of Lowell born author, Jack Kerouac: birthplace, church, high school, various hangouts, and his memorial park.

Giavis' published work includes The Tyrants, cover art and illustrations, Ithaca Press; U. S. Department of the Interior, Preservation Plan Book cover art, Lowell Historic Preservation Commission; Dr. Sax, cover art, Grove Press; Lowell General Hospital Annual Report cover art and poster; New England Roadside Delights, by Will Anderson, page 67; Monuments and Memory, by Martha Norkunas, frontispiece, published by Smithsonian Institute Press of Washington and London; and Brunet's Lunch / Lowell 1988, Museum News, September / October 2003, "Diners Still Cooking in the 21st Century", page 15.

His exhibitions include the Masters Invitational Exhibition at the Copley Society in Boston, MA; the Brush Gallery in Lowell, MA three of which were solo exhibitions; the New England Folklife Center in Lowell, MA; the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington, MA; the Boott Cotton Mill Museum in Lowell, MA; the Museum of Transportation in Brookline, MA; the Lumina Gallery in New York City; the Parker Gallery and Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA; the John Hancock Towers in Boston, MA; the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, MA; Boston City Hall in Boston, MA; Culinary Archives and Museum at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI (five year exhibit: 2003 June 2008).

Television specials featuring Giavis are Good Morning America, CBS; Evening Chronicle, Boston, NBC; The Acre Experience and Dining in Lowell.

Awards earned by Giavis include the Copley Society's Copley Master; John Singleton Copley Award; Best Work on paper; and numerous Honorable Mentions. His memberships include the Copley Society in Boston, MA; the Boston Printmakers in Boston, MA; and the Brush Art Gallery in Lowell, MA.

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