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CHRISTOS SARAKATSIANOS (Greece, Epirus, Ioannina, Megali Gotista b. 1937 / act: Athens)

Christos Sarakatsianos Christos Sarakatsianos was born on 1 July 1937 at Megali Gotista of Ioannina in Epirus, Greece. He initially studied painting with Georgios Kazakos at the Zosimaia School of Ioannina (1951-1956) and took courses in painting in the workshop of Panos Sarafianos (1958-1962). Subsequently he enrolled at the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA (1962-1967) sculpture with Thanassis Apartis (1962) and painting with Yannis Moralis (1963-1967). With support from the State Scholarship Foundation - I.K.Y. he also studied stage scenery and decoration Vassilis Vassiliadis (1965-1967). He furthered his studies in Batik art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1972-1973). Later he audited at the School of Philosophy, Capodistrian University of Athens (1984-1985). Sarakatsianos traveled extensively as follows: United Kingdom, France, Italy (1968-1973); Paris (1972-1973); Athens and New York (1988-2001); and Athens (since 2001). He was a founding member of 'Omada Halkografias' (Etching Team). Clearly surrealist, his work reaches the limits of post-modernity.

Christos Sarakatsianos presented the following personal exhibitions: Painting, Ora Cultural Center, Athens (1982); Painting, Ioannina (1983); Painting, Stavrakakis Gallery, Heraklion, Crete (1984); Prints & Wood Engraving, Chambre d'Art Epipeda, Athens (1984); Painting, Delphi Gallery of Fine Arts, Delphi (1985); Painting, Epochi Gallery, Ioannina (1985); Prints, Stavrakakis Gallery, Herakleion, Crete (1985); Agathi Gallery, Athens (1986); Painting, Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Archaeological Museum, Andros Island (1986); Painting, Koumantarios Art Gallery, Sparta (1987); Prints & Copper Engraving, Gallery F, Athens (1988); Prints & Copper Engraving, Stavrakakis Gallery, Heraklion, Crete Island (1989); Retrospective Painting Exhibition 1970-1990, Vorres Museum, Paiania (1990); Antipodes Festival, Victoria Artists Society, Melbourne, Australia (1990); Woman: The Timeless Principle, The Greek Consulate General Cultural Centre, New York, USA (1993); Everything Flows, The Union League Club, New York, USA (1996); Painting, Mihalarias Art Gallery, Athens (1999); Painting, Amymoni Gallery, Ioannina (2000); Painting, Polychromo Gallery, Andros Island (2002); Painting, Municipal Library of the Municipality of Ioannites, Ioannina (2005); and Painting, Multi-Space Apollo, Piraeus (2010). § He also took part in the following group exhibitions: Epochi Gallery, Athens (1967); Pan-Hellenic Art, Zappeion Megaron, Athens (1975); Intergrafik, Museum fur Deutsche Geschichte, Berlin, Germany (1976); Pan-Epirote Fine Arts, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, Athens - Zosimaia Pedagogic Academy, Ioannina - Scout Club, Aghios Nikolaos (1976); Painting - Printmaking - Sculpture, Gallery of Sitian Art, Sitia (1976); Copper Engraving, Institut Français, Ioannina (1978); Omada Halkografias, Volos Town Hall, Volos (1978); Omada Halkografias, Syllogi Gallery, Athens (1978); Greek Landscape, Syllogi Gallery, Athens (1979); Painting - Sculpture - Printmaking, Society for the Propagation of Contemporary Art, Athens (1979); Intergrafik, Berlin, Germany (1980); Copper Engraving, Armos Gallery, Thessaloniki (1980); Omada Halkografias, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (1980); Printmaking in Present Day Greece: Art and the Craftsman, Ora Cultural Center, Athens (1980); Pan-Hellenic Union for Children's Rights: Art Assists Children, Athens Conservatory, Athens (1981); Silkscreens, Stoa Technis, Patras (1982); Presence, Syllogi Gallery, Athens (1982); Printmaking, Hellenic Centre of Art and Culture, Athens (1982); Silkscreens, Agathi Gallery, Athens (1982); Prints, Glyfada Music and Art Club, Glyfada (1982); Greek Artists Printmaking, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, Athens (1982); 14th International Biennial of Graphic Art, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (1983); Contemporary Printmaking, Pleiades Gallery, Athens (1983); Painting, Cultural Centre of the Ilioupoli Primary School Parent-Teacher Association, Athens (1983); 1st Art Education Congress: Art Instruction, Athens Conservatory, Athens (1983); Makrygiannia: Painting - Sculpture - Printmaking, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, Athens (1983); Municipal Gallery of Rhodes, Rhodes (1983); Neo-realism in Greek Painting 1960-1980, National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens (1983); Mostra Internazionale d'Arte: Pittura Contemporanea Ellenica, Cappadocia, Italy (1984); Mercato Internazionale d'Arte: Pittura Contemporanea Ellenica, Rione Valle e Rione Nidola, Todi, Italy (1984); XXVII Festival dei due Mondi: Pittura Contemporanea Ellenica, Studio d'Arte di Giovanni di Girolamo Gallery, Spoleto, Italy (1984); Intergrafik, Ausstellungzentrum am Fernsehturm, Berlin, Germany (1984); Vorres Museum, Peania (1984); 18th A.I.C.A. Congress: Contemporary Greek Artists, Chambre d'Art Epipeda, Athens (1984); Three Years of Silkscreening, Chambre d'Art Epipeda, Athens (1984); The Greek Dimension: The Vorres Collection of Contemporary Greek Art, Hamilton Gallery, Ontario (1985); Mercato Internazionale d'Arte: Nuove Dimensioni nell' Arte Contemporanea, Rione Valle e Rione Nidola, Todi, Italy (1985); Grafik Biennale Horgen, Heidi Schneider Galerie, Horgen, Zurich (1985); The Greek Dimension: The Vorres Collection of Contemporary Greek Art, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago (1985); 9e Foire d'Art Actuel, Chambre d'Art Epipeda, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (1985); Greek Printmakers, Paris, France (1985); Miniature Shapes and Forms, Chambre d'Art Epipeda, Athens (1985); International Detente and Peace, Kostis Palamas Building, Athens (1985); Greek Artists Printmaking, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, Athens (1985); Athens Cultural Capital of Europe: Contemporary Trends in Painting, Chambre d'Art Epipeda, Athens (1985); Athens Cultural Capital of Europe: Memories - Recreations - Quests, National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens (1985); Art in the Municipalities, Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, Kessariani - Heraklion - Aghios Dimitrios - Paleo Faliro - Nea Ionia - Argyroupolis - Nea Chalkidona (1985); Graphic Arts: Traditional and Modern Techniques, Syllogi Gallery, Athens (1985); Omaggio a Firenze Capitale Culturale d'Europa: L'Arte per l'Amore e la Pace, Chiostro della Chiesa di Santo Spirito, Florence, Italy (1986); The Greek Dimension: The Vorres Collection of Contemporary Greek Art, Laurentian University Museum & Art Centre, Sudbury, Ontario (1986); International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Kolpingsaal, Frechen, Germany (1986); The Greek Dimension, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, USA (1986); Painting, Greek Cultural Exchange Union, Cultural Center of the Municipality of Athens, Athens (1986); Fine Art Pathways: 1st Meeting of Young Artists, Gallery F, Athens (1986); Greek Artists Printmaking, Old Public Baths, Ioannina (1986); The Greek Dimension, Maison du Citoyen Hull, Ottawa, Quebec, Canada (1987); The Greek Dimension, York University Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (1987); The Greek Dimension, Maltwood Art Museum & Gallery, Victoria - Prairie Gallery, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada (1987); The Greek Dimension, The Madrona Exposition Centre, Nanaimo, Canada (1987); The Greek Dimension, Swift Current National Exhibition Centre, Moose Jaw National Exhibition Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada (1987); Honouring the United Nations Decade for Cultural Development: Painting - Sculpture - Printmaking for Peace, Kostis Palamas Building, Athens (1987); Art and Environment, Ariadne Gallery, Heraklion, Crete (1987); Painting & Printmaking by Yianniotes Artists, Katsaris Foundation, Gallery of the Society of Epirote Studies, Ioannina (1987); Old and New, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Lefkada, Lefkada Island (1987); Summer, Pleiades Gallery, Athens (1987); Contemporary Greek Painting, National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens (1987); Pan-Hellenic Art Exhibition, Piraeus Port Authority Exhibition Centre, Piraeus (1987); Association of Greek Printmakers, Municipal Cultural Centre, Aghia Paraskevi (1987); Association of Greek Printmakers, Athens College, Psychiko (1987); Word and Art Multi-Audience, Parko Eleftherias Municipal Gallery, Athens (1987); The Greek Dimension, Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, New Jersey, USA (1988); Peinture Grecque 1968-1988, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Secrétariat du Conseil des Ministres des Communautés Européennes, Brussels (1988); The Greek Dimension, Palais de la Civilisation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1988); The Greek Dimension, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada (1988); Contemporary Printmaking, Warsaw, Poland (1988); HAU's 30-year Anniversary: Ion Vorres Collection, Hellenic American Union, Athens (1988); Greek Post-War Prints, National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens (1988); Sports and Culture in Contemporary Greek Art, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Athens (1988); Contemporary Greek Art: Review of the Collection 1975-1987, National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens (1988); The Greek Dimension, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA (1989); The Greek Dimension: The Vorres Collection of Contemporary Greek Art, The Modern Museum of Art Santa Ana, California, USA (1989); 5 th International Print Biennale, Varna, Bulgaria (1989); The Greek Dimension, Artspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California (1989); 30th Greek Film Festival: Film & Painting, Thessaloniki (1989); Letters & Arts Festival: The Word, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Lefkada, Lefkada Island (1989); Spirit and Body: Sports and Movement in Contemporary Greek Art, Zappeion Megaron, Athens (1989); The Saatchi Collection at the Pierides Museum, Dimitris Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, Glyfada (1989); Prints, Epoches Gallery, Kifissia (1989); 9 th International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Hauptschute Herbertskaul, Frechen, Germany (1990); Letters & Arts Festival: More White..., Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Lefkada, Lefkada Island (1990); Sapporo International Print Biennale, Event Hall, Marui Imai, Sapporo, Japan (1991); Greek Sculptors and Painters, Ionian Centre for Scientific and Cultural Studies, Athens (1991); Contemporary Greek Graphic Art, Mesta Bratislavy Gallery, Bratislava (1992); Prints from the Collection of Techni - Macedonian Artistic Company, Vafopoulio Cultural Centre, Thessaloniki (1992); Contemporary Greek Painting from the Vorres Museum, Municipal Gallery of Patras, Patras (1992); Thematic Anarchy in Painting, Greek-French Association, Athens (1992); Municipal Gallery of Athens, Athens (1992); The 6th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (1993); Vorres Museum Collection: Greece in Antwerp, Greek Council of Antwerp, Antwerp (1993); Xylon 12: International Triennial Exhibition of Artistic Relief Printing, Gewerbemuseum, Winterbour, Switzerland (1993); Letters & Arts Festival: Where is the Fish?, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Lefkada, Lefkada Island (1993); 2nd Pan-Hellenic Mass Media Conference: Painting - Sculpture - Printmaking, Zappeion Megaron, Athens (1993); Vorres Museum Collection: The Odysseus Syndrome, Nicosia International Conference Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus (1994); 'Ochi' Day Anniversary 1940-1994, Greek Unions Confederation of New York, Aetos-Slater Museum, Manhattan (1994); Greek Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Vorres Museum, Museum Taidehalli, Helsinki (1994); Exhibition of Greek Printmakers, Techni - Macedonian Artistic Company, Thessaloniki (1994); 5th Group Exhibition of Greek Artists, Hilton Hotel, Athens (1994); History, Art and Technology Festival, Cyclades Art Gallery, Ermoupolis, Syros Island (1994); 6th Group Exhibition of Greek Painters, Hilton Hotel, Athens (1995); Silk: Group Exhibition of Contemporary Greek Artists, Ledra Marriott Hotel, Athens (1996); 7th Group Exhibition of Greek Artists, Hilton Hotel, Athens (1996); Representatives of the Post-war Period Ioannina Town Hall: Painters & Sculptors, Pan-Hellenic Union of the Graduates of the Zosimaia School, Ioannina (1996); Kouros Gallery, New York, USA (1997); Christmas Art Fair, Mihalarias Art Gallery, Athens (1997); Homage to the Twenty Years of Pan-Hellenic Cultural Activity, Technopolis, Athens (1997); Thessaloniki Cultural Capital of Europe: Contemporary Greek Sculpture, Nea Paralia Thessaloniki, Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, Thessaloniki (1997); 60 Years: An Exhibition of Painting - Sculpture - Printmaking of Epirote Artists, Zappeion Megaron, Athens (1997); Art Route, Ikastikos Kiklos, Athens (1997); Visual and Literary Parallels, Palace of the Grand Master, Rhodes - Old Archaeological Museum Yeni Cami, Thessaloniki - Aenaon Gallery, Athens (1998); Exhibition of Greek and Japanese Artists, Vorres Museum, Peania (1998); Contemporary Greek Artists, Lava Gallery, Thessaloniki (1999); Greek Artists, Ikastikos Kiklos, Athens (2000); 2000 Cans, Pireos Street Lithography Workshop, Moschato (2000); Art Exhibition, The Cathedral Centre, New York, USA (2001); Realism and Humour in Contemporary Greek Painting from the Vorres Museum, Famagusta Gate, Nicosia, Cyprus (2002); Art Route, Ikastikos Kiklos, Athens (2002); The Works of our First Painters, Cultural Centre of Ktistades, Arta (2002); Realism and Humour in Contemporary Greek Painting from the Vorres Museum, The Hellenic Centre, London (2003); Realism and Humour in Contemporary Greek Painting from the Vorres Museum Collection, V. Papantoniou Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nafplion (2003); Greek Printmakers in the 20th century: From the Collections of Alpha Bank and the National Bank Cultural Foundation, Eynard Mansion, Athens (2003); Art Prism, Club Unesco of the Department of Piraeus and the Islands, Piraeus (2004); Regarding Art: Painting & Sculpture, Trigono Gallery, Kifissia, Athens (2004); Near likeness: Approaches to a Portrait of Antonis Benakis, Benaki Museum, Pireos Street Annex, Athens (2004); Athens Olympics: 20th Century Sculpture, Art City Mihalarias, Malakasa (2004); In Our Image after our Likeness, Frissiras Museum, Athens (2004); Views of Athens by Contemporary Greek Painters, Museum of the City of Athens Vouros-Eftaxias, Athens (2004); Artists Friends of Kostas Chatzaras, Chrysothemis Gallery, Halandri, Athens (2004); Eternal Greek Light: Aspects of the Descriptive in the Greek Spirit, Psychari Art Gallery, Athens (2004); Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time, ACG Art Gallery, The American College of Greece, Athens (2008).

Artworks by Sarakatsianos are kept at the followng institutions: Agricultural Bank of Greece; The American College of Greece, Athens; Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Andros Island; Benaki Museum, Athens; Cyclades Gallery, Ermoupolis, Syros Island; EFG Eurobank Ergasias, Athens; Gallery of the Municipality of Athens, Athens; Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Athens; Ktistadon Art Gallery, Arta; Municipality of Ioannina, Epirus; Municipal Gallery of Rhodes, Rhodes Island; Municipal Gallery of Heraklion, Crete Island; National Bank of Greece, Athens; National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens; Vorres Museum, Peania.

Christos Sarakatsianos currently lives and works in Athens.

[Megakles Rogakos 07/2010]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
PETRIS, GEORGE Christos Sarakatsianos 1982 Ora, Athens
STEFANIDIS, MANOS Christos Sarakatsianos: Woodcuts 1984 Chambres d'Art Epipeda, Athens
PAPASTAMOS, DIMITRIS Christos Sarakatsianos 1986 Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, Andros Island
METZAFOU-POLYZOU, OLGA Sarakatsianos 1987 National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens
MISIRLI, NELLY Sarakatsianos '70 - '90 1990 Vorres Museum, Peania
CATALOG Woman: The Timeless Principle 1993 The Greek Consulate General Cultural Centre, New York, USA
KABOURIDIS, HARIS Sarakatsianos 1999 Stavros Mihalarias Art, Athens
MARGARI, HELEN Sarakatsianos: Painting 2005 Municipal Gallery of Ionnites, Ioannina

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