Alekos Levidis


He was born in Athens in 1944. While still in school he took Painting lessons with Kostas Malamos and Alekos Kontopoulos. He studied Theatre Direction at the Université du Τhéâtre des Nations in Paris (1963-1964) and Architecture at the École d’Architecture of the University of Geneva-E.A.U.G. (1964-1969). Upon returning to Greece, he was involved in the founding, management and running of the “Strofi” bookstore (Athens). He has worked extensively as a book cover designer and art editor (Agra, Crete University Press, Athens Concert Hall, Benaki Museum, Estia, Kedros, Ikaros, Themelio, Astra, Alexandreia). He has created sets for the theatre (Nea Skini – Theatro odou Kykladon, the National Theatre Experimental Stage, Argos Festival) and murals for private homes (Arta, Syros, Kifissia). Alongside his activity as a painter, he has also engaged in research on issues of painting and published relevant work. In 1994 he translated and edited Book 35 of the “Natural History” by Pliny the Elder, “On Ancient Greek Painting” (Agra Publications), which, the following year, was awarded the Academy of Athens Prize. He has taken part in conventions in Greece and abroad, on ancient Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine painting, colours and colour mixing. During the semester of March-May 2007, he visited Princeton University on a fellowship as Artist in Residence. In June 2021 he was elected a Member of the Second Section of the Academy of Athens, where he is now holding the seat for “Painting”. He lives and works in Athens.

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