Maleas Konstantinos (1879-1928)

The father of modern art in Greece

  • Studied Art in Paris, in the atelier of Henri Martin.
  • Influenced by impressionism, symbolism and fauvism, most notably via the painters Cezanne, Gauguin and van Gogh.
  • Served on the board of the Greek National Art Gallery.
  • Was a founding member of “Omada Texni” (“Team Art”) a notable grouping of important artists that aimed to break the yoke of conservative academia over art in Athens.
  • Was the illustrator of the first official alphabet book written in demotic Greek, Αλφαβητάρι με τον Ήλιο. His works are displayed in the National Art Gallery in Athens, at the Gallery in Rhodes, the Averoff Gallery and is a part of many noteworthy collections.