Jannis & Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation
A small cultural entity, valuable as concerns the uniqueness of its collections, whose activities ought to maintain it as a vital nucleus of Greek cultural life.
The painter Jannis Spyropoulos was born at Pylos, Messinia, on 12th of March.
J. Spyropoulos studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens. Umvertos Argyros, Spyridon Vikatos and Epameinondas Thomopoulos were his teachers.
J. Spyropoulos won the First Prize of a 3-year scholarship for painters to study in Western Europe in a competition held by the Academy of Athens. He travelled to Paris, where he studied in the Ecole Superiéure des Beaux Arts, under Charles Guérin, and the Colarossi and Julian free academies.
First solo exhibition, Parnassos Hall, Athens.
In September, J. Spyropoulos met his lifelong companion and wife, Zoe Margariti.
First international solo exhibition, World House Galleries, New York.
J. Spyropoulos represented Greece at the 30th Venice Biennale, where he shared the UNESCO Prize with the Italian artist Antonio Music.
Chrysanthos Christou published a monograph on the work of J. Spyropoulos; this is the first reliable and complete approach to the artist’s work up to that time.
J. Spyropoulos fulfilled his dream by designing & building a house in Ekali, that was also used as Studio and Museum.
J. Spyropoulos was awarded the Gottfried von Herder prize by the University of Vienna.
J. Spyropoulos' last solo exhibition, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens.
The last year of his artistic creativity.
J. Spyropoulos passed away the night of 18 May and was buried on 21 May in Kifissia Cemetery. The tomb was adorned with a sculpture by his old personal friend, Giorgos Zogolopoulos.
J. Spyropoulos Collection
Greek Modern Art Collection
Inuit Art Collection
The Jannis and Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded with the aim to safeguard the work of the great Greek abstract painter and to study, publish, protect & promote it in every possible manner.