Papaloukas Spyros (1892-1957)

Creator of the lost works of Smyrna

  • Taught by Roilos and Jacobides.
  • He was the official painter of the Greek expedition to Asia Minor. The work he produced in this context was, however, lost during the Catastrophe of Smyrna in 1922.
  • He is inspired by a range of artists such as Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse. But his work contains a spiritual element that draws from Byzantine hagiography, something he studied while on a trip to Mount Athos in 1923.
  • His daughter and sole heir donated the near-entirety of his work to The B & Theocharakis Foundation for Fine Arts & Music in 2006.