THE CANGELARIS COLLECTION
Theatrics on the Threshold of Infinity", 1986
MARIOS ANGELOPOULOS (1909-1995)
Born in Lugano (Switzerland), Marios Angelopoulos got since his early childhood painting lessons in Corfu by Angelo Giallina and George Samardji, as well as the Serb painter Momir Koronovich (1915-1920). He later continued his studies in Athens (1927-1930) by Pericles Byzantios and Photis Kondoglou. He had his first one-man exhibition in Corfu (1929). His work was shown in solo and group exhibitions both in Greece and abroad. At the outset he worked as cartoonist and illustrator in Athenian newspapers (1929-1935) and later turned to the theatre where he designed stage props and costumes for hundreds of performances in Greece and abroad (1935-1985). Engaged in literature (poetry, novel, translation etc.) he has edited a number of books illustrated by him and black and white or multicolor albums and etchings ("Athens" 1958, 1964, 1972-1974, "Communications, an album dedicated to the 40 anniversary of Ο.Τ.Ε." [the Greek Telecom], 1989). He was awarded with the "Grigorios Xenopoulos" state prize (1952 και 1954), the Arts, Letters and Sciences award of the city of Paris (1964) for his engraving and stage designing work and the first prize of the poster competition organized by the Mayor of Corfu (1994), for his poster on the Corfu Summit. He has been also awarded with the French decoration of the Chevalier of Arts, Letters and Sciences (1982). At this specific period, his work is characterized for its surrealism. Marios Angelopoulos passed away in Athens (1995).
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