Manolis Calliyannis was a Greek painter associated with the School of Paris. He was b orn in Mytilini of Lesbos Island, Greece, where he received his only lessons in painting from Antonis Protopatsis (1897-1947), an Impressionist painter from Paris. During the Second World War he was a navigator in the Royal Air Force - RAF. He studied architecture from 1946-1948 at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, also painting in his spare time. He held his first personal exhibition at the Constantia Galleries, Johannesburg, in 1948 and moved the same year to Paris, where he became a full-time painter. He first made his reputation with abstract paintings in restrained and sober colors. In 1955 he began to make regular return visits to Lesbos and has since painted many landscapes of Greece, as well as some figure pictures. He moved in 1960 from Paris to a village near Nice. § Manolis Calliyannis took part in the following group exhibitions: The Arts Club of Chicago Chicago (1956-1957); and Pierre Matisse Gallery New York (1963, 1965, 1966 summer and autumn). Artworks by Manolis Calliyannis can be found at the following insititutions: Ethniki Pinakothiki - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens; Museum Tériade, Mitilini; Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris; Tate Gallery, London; Toledo Arts Gallery, USA; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; and Salisbury Rhodes Museum, Zimbabwe.
Manolis Calliyannis passed away in July 2010.
[Megakles Rogakos 12/2004]
ALLEY, RONALD Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists 1981 Tate Gallery & Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London, p.93