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ARISTOTELIS SOLOUNIAS (Greece, Athens b. 1939 / act: Athens)

Aristotelis Solounias Aristotelis Solounias was born in 1939 in Athens, Greece. He studied Fine Arts at Cornell University and received his Bachelor Degree in 1962 and Master Degree in 1964. Between 1962 and 1964 he became Assistant to the Director of Andrew Dixon White Museum of Art. In 1965 he became Director of Graphic Arts at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York.

In 1971 Aristotelis Solounias was commissioned to create a sculptutal relief in bronze for the National Railroad Building in Athens, Greece . In 1976 he was commission to create two monumental bronze sculptures for two puplic squares in Saudi Arabia. In 1972 Solounias founded the Pythagorean Academy of Art on the Island of Samos, Greece, in coorperation with the Boston Academy of Art. In March 1991 ET1 Channel of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation presented the Homage to the Work and Life of Aristotelis Solounias. In April 1996 Solounias was honored by the Prefecture of Samos with an award of distinction for his contribution to the cultural heritage of the province.

Aristotelis Solounias has received the following personal exhibitions: Aristotelis Solounias: Sculptures and Drawings, The Franklin Gallery, Ithaca, New York (1964); Aristotelis Solounias: Paintings, Reliefs and Drawings, K.T.E. Gallery, Athens (1971); The Meropion Foundation, Athens (1974); Nees Morphes Gallery, Athens (1975, 1981); Zygos Gallery, Athens (1978, 1979); Galerie Vienner, Paris (1979, 1980); The Spanish Cultural Institute, Athens (1980); Dada Gallery, Athens (1982); Aristotelis Solounias: Drawings, Dada Gallery, Athens (1983); Editart Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (1985); Antinor Gallery, Athens (1987, 1989, 1992); Kouros Gallery, Tripolis, Greece (1991); Onoma Gallery, Pythagorion, Samos (1993); Aristotelis Solounias: Collages and Mixed Technique, Antinor Gallery, Athens (1995). Between 1967 and 1969 Solounias put a permanent exhibition of his paintings and sculptures at his studio at The Bowery, New York. He has also participated in many group shows in Europe and the United States. Artworks of his can be found in many institutional collections including the National Gallery - Alexander Soutzos Museum, Athens and The American College of Greece, Athens.

Aristotelis Solounias currently lives and works in Athens.

[Megakles 09/2006]

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