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 Yannis Maltezos  (1913 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: Greece/France      Known for: abstract expressionist painting

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The following was submitted by the artist's niece, Denise Matthews:

Yannis Maltezos, born in 1913, was a founder of the Abstract Expressionism movement in Greece. He began painting at the age of 6 in Smyrna, Turkey where he was born. When the Turkish government expelled the Greek population at the end of World War I, his family fled to Crete and later to Athens. Maltezos studied at the University of Athens School of Art. He worked as a set designer for the National Greek Theater prior to WWII. At the end of WWII, he began to experiment with an abstract expressionist style. His drip technique appeared free-form but culminated in subtle, central motifs.

Maltezos continually evolved as an artist, he innovated his own styles and refused to repeat himself. His paintings reveal the originality of vision he pursued until his death in Paris in 1987.

One-Man Exhibitions:
1994 Pearl Street Gallery, Hartford, CT
1992 Metropolis Gallery, New York City
1990 Connecticut Gallery, Marlborough, CT
1981 Gallery Dada, Athens
1972 Prudíhomme-Bene Gallery, Paris
1966 Gallery A, Paris

Group Exhibitions:
1987 Panhellenic, Athens
1987 Greek Artists From Paris, Crete
1981 Institute Goethe, Athens
1981 Berthe Gallery, Paris
1979 Goethe Institute
1975 Ward Nass Gallery, New York
1974 Ward Nass Gallery, New York
1973 Ward Nass Gallery, New York
1970 New Forms Gallery, Athens
1969 New Forms Gallery, Athens
1968 New Forms Gallery, Athens
1965 Black and White, Merlin Gallery, Athens
1965 French Artists, Gallery Ariel, Paris
1962 Le Visage Gallery A, Paris
1962 Gallery Schnidler, Bern, Switzerland
1961 Ann Ross Gallery, White Plains, New York
1960 Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC
1959 Biennial, Sao, Brazil
1959 Gallery Kouros, Athens

Bibliography:
Bakal, Helen. Abstract Art After the War. Athens: Kendros, 1981.
Belvin, M.E., Design Through Discovery. New York: Hold, Rinehart and Winston, 1977.
Petreas, G., Greek Artists in Paris. The Greek Review. April, 1967.
Boudoille, G. Studio International, July 1965.
Galy-Garles, H. Une Phlange de Grecs: Connaissance des Arts, January 1962


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