VANGELIS DIMITREAS (Greece, Corinth, Melissi b. 1934, act: Athens)

Vangelis Dimitreas Vangelis Dimitreas was born around 5 October 1934 in Melissi of Corinth prefecture, Greece. He took his first painting lessons from artist Vangelis Dracos in Kalamata at the age of 14. He studied with the support of the State Scholarship Foundation - IKY from 1958 until 1963, under professor Yannis Moralis. In 1967 he won a scholarship contest for France. The scholarship was eventually not paid, and he decided to leave for Paris on his own in December 1967. There, alongside painting, he attended courses in the sociology of art, with Pierre Francastel, Jean Cassou, and Raymonde Moulin. He taught at the Center for Applied Technology (1965-1967). Parallel to that he took courses at the studio of Costas Georgakopoulos under the supervision of Fotis Kontoglou. Returning from Paris in 1976 he taught drawing at the Vakalo School of Art & Design, and later as a specialist and lecturer at the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA (1981-1985). At the same time he took courses in philosophy at the Center for Philosophical Research with Professor Evangelos Roussos. He worked as professor of painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1985-2002). He was a member of the Art Group a and the Fine Arts Center. He also participated in the Group of the Communication and Education in Art, was a founding member of the Technical Group 4+, is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and the Fine Arts Artists Association of Northern Greece - SKTVE.

He participated in the following conferences: Small Seminars of Jussieu in Paris, with Daniel, Vassia Karabelias, A. Pagoulatos and Nicos Hadjinicolaou (1974); Art and Technology, Technical University of Crete - TUC, Chania (1987); Art and Culture, TUC , Chania (1989); Innovation in Visual Arts, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (1991); National Conference: The Art Orthodox Church in Greece Today, Greece (1993); 6 th National Congress of the Greek Philosophical Society: Aesthetic and Theory of Art, Athens (1994); Conference: The Social Role of the Artist, Technopolis, Athens (2001); and Interdisciplinary Meeting: Three Aspects of Globalization, Athens (2002). He has published texts at the following journals: Review of Art (1965-1967); Chronicles, Volume 6th (1975); Themes of Space and Arts, 7th Volume (1976); 8th Volume (1977); 9th Volume (1970); Spire, 1st Issue (1984). He also collaborates with the following magazines: Anti; Zygos; Sima; and The Art Newspaper News.

Vangelis Dimitreas presented the following personal exhibitions: Art Gallery of K.T.E., Athens (1969); Maison de la Culture, Houilles, Paris (1970); Astor Gallery, Athens (1971); Institut Supérieur Catholique, Paris (1971); Center for Visual Arts, Athens (1976); Gazette Bookstore, Athens (1977); Group 4+ Art Gallery, Athens (1982, 1984); Diagonios Gallery, Thessaloniki (1987); Ianos Bookstore, Thessaloniki ( 1989); Municipal Art Gallery - G.I. Katsigra Museum, Larissa (1992); House of Cyprus, Athens (1993), Agathi Art Gallery and Bookstore, Athens (1993, 1996); Observer Gallery, Thessaloniki (1995); Vafopouleio Cultural Center, Thessaloniki (1997); Zina Athanasiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki (1999, 2003); Association of Yugoslav Artists, Belgrade (1999); Art Gallery of Athens, Athens (2005); Armos Art Gallery, Serres (2005), Municipal Gallery of Kalamata, Messinia (2007); When Drawing Becomes Autonomous, Angelon Vima, Athens (2008); Brief Retrospective, Municipal Gallery, Athens (2008); Gaia Gallery, Athens (2008); and Ekfrasi - Yianna Grammatopoulou, Athens (2009). He also took part in the following group exhibitions: Report Panellinios Athens (1965, 1967, 1987); 3 rd Biennale des Arts Plastiques de Gennevilliers, Paris (1970); Group of Art a, Athens (1961-1967); Biennale du Noir et Blanc, Colombes, Paris (1972); Art Group 4+, 60 Agiou Meletiou Street, Athens (1980); Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Denmark (1978); Europalia, Brussels (1982); Group of the Communication and Education in Art, Municipal Art Gallery, Mithimna, Lesbos (1983); Group Art 4 +, Biennale of São Paulo, Brazil (1984); Art Group 4+, Goethe Institute, Athens (1984); Materials and Technique, Apopsi, Athens (1987); Group Art 4 +, Alatza Imaret, Thessaloniki (1988); Thessaloniki Artists: A Selection, Thessaloniki (1988); 12 Teachers in the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - AUTH, Vafopouleio Cultural Center, Thessaloniki (1989); Women and Art, Art Group 4+, Athens (1990); Fine Arts Artists Association of Northern Greece - SKTVE Exhibition, Luxembourg - Bonn, Germany (1992); Dialogue, Palais d'lena Paris (1993); Five Artists Exhibition, Polyedro Gallery, Patras (1993); Exhibition in the House of George Bouziannis, Athens (1994); Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (1997); Writing on Matter, Ioannina (1997); Aspects of Art in Thessaloniki since 1960, Thessaloniki International Trade Fair -TIF, Thessaloniki (1997); Drawing Exhibition, Fine Arts Artists Association of Northern Greece - SKTVE , Thessaloniki (2001); Visual Imprintings, Historical Archives - Museum, Hydra (2002); National Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki (2004), Encounters, Art Prism, Piraeus (2006); The Years of Controversy: The Art of 70s in Greece, National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, Athens (2005); Red in Red, Red Gallery, Athens (2007); Notes and Conversations, Batagianni Gallery, Athens (2008); Greek House, Beijing, China (2008); From Ancient Olympia to Beijing, National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, Athens (2009).

Vangelis Dimitreas currently lives and works in Athens.

[Megakles Rogakos 10/2008]