Petros Filippas-Panagos was born on 20 November 1938 in Lefkada Island, Greece, to a fine family. His grandfather, Peter Filippas-Panagos, was a doctor and a member of parliament representing Lefkada. His father, Spiros Filippas-Panagos, was a prominent writer and journalist. His siblings - Despina, Michalis and George - also developed various artistic activities. He himself was a typical bohem type. He sang serenades and played the guitar and drums, accompanying the orchestra of carnival festivities at Pantheon of Lefkada. In art of painting he was a self taught. By many of his peers, like Theodoros Stamos and Sotiris Therianos, Panagos is considered to be the greatest watercolorist in Greece. The Cultural Center of Lefkas Municipality presented the exhibition Watercolors by Petros Panagos in the Collection of Yannis Livitsanos at the Theodoros Stamos Gallery of Lefkas in 1986. Moreover, the Center presented the exhibition In Memoriam Petros Panagos at Stamos Gallery in 1994. He also participated in the following group exhibitions at the Theodoros Stamos Art Gallery: The Old and the New (1987); The Red and the Black (1988); The Word (1989), More White (1990), The Painter, the Agony, the Work (1991); Collage (1992). Furthermore, during his lifetime, he always presented his works at the Panionian Exhibitions that commemortate the anniversary of the Ionian Islands' incorporation to Greece on 21 May.
Petros Panagos died on 20 May 1993 at his beloved Lefkada.
[Megakles Rogakos 05/2010]
NIKODIMOU, ANNA Lefkada Art Gallery 2010 Cultural Center, Lefkada [Greek]