THE CANGELARIS COLLECTION
ACHILLES DROUNGAS (1940)
Born in Piraeus,
studied etching and stage scenery at the School of Fine Arts, Athens,
from 1958 to 1965 with Constantine Grammatopoulos.
With state scholarships he studied on the popular houses and
traditional costumes of Western Macedonia (1966)
and in 1970 he
moved to London where he continued at the Slade School of Fine Art
until 1973 by Alfred Gross and B. Dos Santos. With
another scholarship from the Ford
Foundation he stayed in the
U.S.A. (1976-1977), where he followed lessons on the techniques on
lithography at universities and workshops like the Tamarind Institute. He had his first one-man
exhibition in Athens (1974).
However, he participated to group shows already since 1965 and other
followed both in Greece and abroad. In 1982 he painted a
45 meters for the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, Athens. In
1965 he was awarded with the Graphic Arts
Award of the Pan-Hellenic Youth Exhibition. His
work belongs to the post-modern tendency and balances between critical
realism and hyperrealism assisted with the technique of optical
illusion (trompe-l'oeil). He lives and works in Athens.
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