Artist biography

Manolis Calliyannis born 1923

Greek painter associated with the School of Paris. Born in Lesbos, Greece, where he lived until 1940. Received his only lessons in painting there from an Impressionist painter from Paris. During the war was a navigator in the RAF. Studied architecture from 1946-8 at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, also painting in his spare time. Held his first one-man exhibition at the Constantia Galleries, Johannesburg, in 1948 and moved the same year to Paris, where he became a full-time painter. First made his reputation with abstract paintings in restrained and sober colours. Began in 1955 to make regular return visits to Lesbos and has since painted many landscapes of Greece, as well as some figure pictures. Moved in 1960 from Paris to a village near Nice.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.93