Theodoros Stamos was one of the original Abstract Expressionists working in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. His interest in nature, Surrealism, primitive arts and Asian Mysticism helped him to synthesize a non-representational language, which he emphasized with subtle gradations of color and form. His canvases often have a grainy, atmospheric surface with muted colors and calligraphic configurations.
Theodoros Stamos, the fourth of six children born in 1922 to Greek immigrants in New York City, was awarded a scholarship to American Artists' School, where he studied sculpture with Simon Kennedy and Joseph Konzal.
Stamos' work has been exhibited throughout the world, and can be found in the following public collections: The American College of Greece; Guggenheim Museum; National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum; Smithsonian; and Whitney Museum of Art.
After a prolonged illness, Theodoros Stamos died on 2 February 1997 at Ioannina, North Greece.
[Megakles Rogakos 05/2006]
STAMATELOS SAVVAS, GEORGIANNA Eyes on Stamos: A Sister's Memoir - A Brother's Wishes 2005 Pergamos S.A., Athens