Pavlos Samios

Pavlos Samios

Bio

Samios was born on October 28,[1] 1948[2][3] in Athens,[4] Greece. His interest in art rose during his early childhood when he used to spend many hours in his father’s workshop (Samios’ father was a shoemaker). As a teenager, he worked at Dionysios Karoussos icon-painting studio and at the same time he attended drawing lessons under Panos Sarafianos so that he could pass the exams in order to enter the School of Fine Arts where he became accepted in 1969. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Nikos Nikolaou and Yannis Moralis and he graduated in 1972. In early 1978 Samios organized his first solo exhibition in Athens where he exhibited a total of 36 paintings inspired by Agion Oros. The same year he moved to Paris where he lived until 1992. During his stay in France, he became associated with Yannis Tsarouchis, who had a major influence on Samios. Manos Hatzidakis was another person who influenced Samios. In his paintings, Samios express a symbolic and metaphysical vision. He uses several painting techniques (fresco, tempera, etc.) which are characteristic of his various periods of work. His works are found in private collections, museums and cultural institutions worldwide (Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Greece,[8] Andros Museum of Contemporary Art etc.). Since 2000 he is a professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts