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APOSTOLOS TSIROGIANNIS (Greece, Arta b. 1946 / act: Athens)

Apostolos Tsirogiannis Apostolos Tsirogiannis was born in 1946 in Arta, Greece. He began his studies alongside Panos Sarafianos, a close frined of Alekos Kontopoulos. In 1966 he enrolled the Preparatory Studio of the Athens School of Fine Arts under the instruction of Nikos Nikolaou. He next attended classes at the painting studio of Yannis Moralis and studied History of Art alongside Pandelis Prevelakis (1909-1986). During the last two years of his studies he became a fellow of ASFA, from which he graduated with Honors in 1971.

Apostolos Tsirogiannis presented his work in personal and several group exhibitions in Athens and in major Greek cities, such as Thessaloniki , Heraklion, Larissa, Ioannina and Arta. In 1972 he organized his first personal exhibition in Athens, at Nees Morfes Gallery, where he presented abstract paintings. From 1975 till 1977 he truned to figurative painting and exhibited his Aegean Landscapes at Nees Morfes Gallery, Thessaloniki (1976) and Galerie Zygos, Athens (1977). He next worked on a series of paintings with subjects exploring the ur ban landscape. On this occasion railway stations, factories, and shipyards were exhibited at the following venues: Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (1981, 1984); Panselinos Gallery, Thessaloniki (1981); and Heraklion Gallery of Art. Heraklion (1982). In 1986 paintings by Tsirogiannis exploring the area of Perama were exhibited at the Yacht Club of Greece, Pireaus. This exhibition next traveled to the Heraklion Gallery of Art, Crete. In 1988 he presented views of the immigrant populated suburbs of the city of Athens at Yakinthos Gallery, Kifissia. Several personal exhibitions by Tsirogiannis were successively hosted by the following venues: Argo Gallery, Athens (1989); Kreonidis Gallery, Athens (1991); Fotopoulos Gallery, Athens (1992); Vlachoulis Gallery, Larissa (1993); Tsirogiannis Retrospective, Stavros Mihalarias Art, Athens (1996); and Perama, Stavros Mihalarias Art, Athens (2002). Artworks by Tsirogiannis can be found at the following institutions: The American College of Greece, Athens; Frissiras Museum, Athens; Vorres Museum, Peania; and Haris Antoniou Collection.

Apostolos Tsirogiannis currently lives and works in Athens.

[Megakles Rogakos 07/2008]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
MIHALARIAS, STAVROS Apostolos Tsirogiannis: Paintings Inspired by the Port of Piraeus and the Area of Perama 2002 Stavros Mihalarias Art, Athens

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