Achilleas Apergis was born on 31 January 1909 in Garitsa of Corfu, Greece. He took drawing lessons at night school in Corfu (1918-1920). He studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA (1936-1939). His first personal exhibition (Ilissos Gallery, Athens, 1955) was followed by further 15 in Greece, England, France, and Cyprus. He took part in major international art events, including La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (1956, with 6 other sculptors, and 1968, representing Greece in the sculpture section), Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (1957), and Biennale d'Alexandrie, Egypt (1957), and took part in numerous group exhibitions all over the world, including: Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris, France (1965, 1968, 1970-1972, 1974, 1975), Avanguardia e Sperimentazione, Galleria Civica, Modena & Magazzini del Sale, Venice, Italy (1978), Europalia, Brussels (1982).
Achilleas Apergis quickly outstripped the conservative tendencies of the Academy and proved himself to be one of the most creative postwar sculptors. He started off with representational art, but turned to abstract forms of expression from 1957 onwards. He gradually started to make exclusive use of bronze rods, his aim being to convey a sense of rhythm and movement. In the 1970s he attained a strict austerity, whereupon he turned to a more conceptual line of inquiry. Wrestling with philosophical concerns, he produced a number of environments and installations, a genre which consistently preoccupied him until his death, associating constructions with video, sound recordings, and projected images.
Achilleas Apergis passed away on 23 March 1986 in Athens.
[Megakles Rogakos 01/ 2009]
ALBUM Apergis 1975 Athens Art Gallery, Athens
ALBUM Avanguardia e Sperimentazione 1978 Galleria Civica, Modena & Magazzini del Sale, Venice, p.13, 24-25
ALBUM Achilleas Apergis: Exit A' 1981 Desmos Gallery, Athens
ALBUM L'Etre, le neant, a quoi bon? 1981 Desmos Gallery, Athens
SPILIADIS, BEATRICE Apergis 1984 Athens
ALBUM Achilleas Apergis 1999 Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, p.48-51
ADAMOPOULOU, VANESSA Achilleas Apergis 2000, p.83-5, 92, 105, 159