Rite of Spring", 1981
Oil on canvas, 55Χ46 cm.
Inv. No.: P-29
Since 2011, this painting does
Born in Athens, Nicos
studied painting at the School of Fine Arts (1932-1938) with Costas
Parthenis, Dimitris Biskinis and Yannis Kefallinos. He was
also by Evangelos Ioannidis and, for the Byzantine Art, by Photis
Kondoglou and Andreas Xyngopoulos. He had freelance studies
Paris, Munich and Italy (Rome, Florence and Ravenna) as well. He had his first one-man
exhibition in Athens (1963).
However, already since 1939, he participated to all Pan-Hellenic as
well as other group shows in Greece and especially abroad.
1938 he was named Lecturer and since 1967 till
1972 Professor for painting at the School of Architecture of the
Polytechnic School of Athens, where he taught painting, general history
of art and stage scenery.
At the same time he was engaged in
literature. He has published a series of
poetry collections and
has illustrated several editions of books, both of his own and of others. He has also stage designed many
theatre performances and has painted the hagiographies of St. Spyridon
church in New York. He
was decorated as an Officer of the Order of King George I and as
Commander of the Order of Phoenix. His work
takes a paramount position in the field of Greek surrealism.
Nicos Engonopoulos passed away in Athens (1985).
Reflections upon Greek Contemporary Painting, The Cangelaris
years after his death, and in the
frame of the
preparations for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth,
projected as the real year of his birth.