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ALKIS VOLIOTIS (Greece, Athens 1948 / act: Antibes and Athens)

Alkis Voliotis Alkis Voliotis began his career in his native Greece, where he studied art restoration at the Athens Byzantine Museum. In 1973 he traveled to Paris where he met the famed German abstract painter, Hans Hartung, with whom he collaborated from 1974 to 1988 in the south of France.

Voliotis is known, not only for his mosaic and icon restoration work, but also for his original mosaics, paintings and photographs. In the latter two art forms he pursues a freer form of expression. He was selected by Jaqueline Picasso, widow of Pablo Picasso, to prepare the photographs for the 1986 Picasso Exhibition catalogue at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Madrid. Voliotis also created the mosaic portrait of author Nikos Kazantzakis, which is on permanent display at the Kazantzakis Museum in Iraklion, Crete.

Currently he is the official photographer for the extensive archeological excavations at Santorini, Greece. Santorini's once-flourishing civilization, destroyed by volcanic eruptons more than 3500 years ago, is thought to have inspired the legend of Atlantis.

Alkis Voliotis runs the well-known Galerie Les Cyclades in Antibes.

[Megakles 08/2005]

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