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DIMITRIS ALEXANDROS FATOUROS

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Dimitris Alexandros Fatouros was born in Athens on October, 29th 1946. Today he lives and works in Greece, on the island of Hydra. He has studied interior decoration and graphic design at the “Harzburger Dekoschule” and painting at the “Academie Royale des Beaux Arts” (=Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Brussels, Belgium and at the “Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts” in Paris, France.

Dimitris Alexandros Fatouros made his debut appearance as a painter in 1973 during the Panhellenic Seascape Exhibition in Piraeus. Within the same year he presented his individual painting collection to the Athenian public organizing his first solo exhibition inspired once again by the greek sea and light. Around that time and as Hydra becomes an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the artist he introduces the tradition of a yearly solo exhibition on the island as the annual starting point of all artistic activities in Hydra.

According to an art connoisseur the outstanding beauty and the glorious past of Hydra are reflected in his creations in full confidence. Hydra and the sea, to all the extent of their tales and legends become the pillars of his art, fairly qualifying him as “the painter of Hydra”.


Dimitris Fatouros has participated in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad and almost every year he presents his new painting collection organizing a solo exhibition in Hydra.

In 1980 both the public and art critics welcome his art with lots of enthusiasm in his exhibition in Frankfurt during the “Frankfurt Instructive and Artistic Program”.

In 1981 invited by the mayor of Ludvigshafen he exhibits his art collection during the “Greek Week” at the town hall and is honored with the medal and the blazon of the town “for that fragment of the Greek sea and sky he generously offered to both Greeks and Germans” as the mayor characteristically mentioned in his speech.

In 1983 Dimitris Fatouros was taken under wing by the grand master painter Yannis Tsarouchis and within the same year he presented his first book under the title “An Angel in my yard” in the Press Center for Foreign Reporters in Athens which was bought by the Greek Ministry of Culture. Yannis Tsarouchis, a warm supporter of his writing and artistic skills gave him an extra recommendation for his book.

In 1985 his second book under the title “Triton” received excellent reviews plus an eminent place in the collection of the Greek Ministry of Culture. Fatouros is mentioned in the “Lexicon of Greek Painters” published by ‘Melissa’ (Volume 4, page 454-455) while Mr. Karolos Mitsakis-professor of Modern Greek Literature at the University of Athens, impressed by his creations makes an honorable reference in his book “Modern Greek Literature in the 20th century”, page 35 & 37.

In July1988 his novel “An angel in my yard” appeared translated in Italian in the authoritative literature magazine “Greek Letters, a Modern Greek Annual review”.

During the years 1986, 1987, 1988 Dimitris Alexandros Fatouros creates and exhibits his paintings tirelessly in Hydra while at the same time his work is presented in numerous magazines and newspapers.

During the summer of 1989 his novel “An angel in my yard” theatrically adapted was performed in Hydra by an English Shakespearean Troupe directed by Douglas Hank.

In 1990 he exhibits 40 paintings and an extra album of “12 Little Pictures” at the “Centre Interinstitutionnel Europeen” in Brussels, Belgium. Concurrently he works on his third book “Gazing over high mountains” illustrated by the author himself.

In 1991 Dimitris Alexandros Fatouros in his endless effort to make art widely known and loved steps into another artistic field: He founds the “Independent Greek Art Center of Hydra” (A.K.T.Y., in greek).

A.K.T.Y. has been operating ever since in a building especially restored for this purpose in the main harbor of the island, accommodating various artistic events and constantly promoting fresh painters and sculptors.

In 1992 Dimitris Fatouros publishes the magazine A.K.T.Y. aiming to bring art lovers up-to-date with all the artistic events of Hydra.

The work of Dimitris Alexandros Fatouros has spread out its fame all over Greece and Europe so it came as no surprise that the “European Biography Directory” requested his permission in order to include his name in their “List of European Distinguished Personalities”. His biography can be found in their 9th edition, year 1991-92.

In 1993 Fatouros is officially invited to organize the Cultural Center of Elassona (Larisa, Thessalia) from A to Z. This was regarded as a major event not only in Thessalia but all over northern Greece while the grand opening was made with a retrospective presentation of his art.

During the period 1994-1997 Fatouros writes and illustrates his books “There are times that…there are moments which…” and “Enduring wind”.

He also illustrates Christos Dimitroulopoulos’ poetry collection “Hai Kou” as well as “Alexander the Great”, “Fairytales of Thrace” and “Tirando”, written by the same author.

He is in charge of the front cover of “Greek Letters”, the annual publication of the Hellenic Society of Literature Translators.

In 1998 he organized a retrospective painting presentation at the A.K.T.Y. in Hydra, Greece.

In 1999 invited by the Mayor of Hydra he presents his latest work at that time: “ Window at Hydra”, an exhibition that took place in the Art and Music Hall “Melina Merkouri” (Hydra).

In 2000 the Nautical Club of Hydra organizes an honorary presentation of his work: HYDRA- 30 YEARS.

In 2003 invited by the Cretan Naval Museum during the cultural events for the launching of the first Minoan vessel of experimental archaeology in Hania, Crete he presents his painting collection “Sea and Seagulls”. From then on one of those paintings is permanently exhibited in the museum’s art section while the artist himself was honored with a medal.

In 2004 he exhibits his collection of “EPHEMERA” in the Art and Music Hall of Hydra “Melina Merkouri”.

In 2006 he moves in Brussels where he works on improving his technique through intensive master classes at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts attempting to carry his painting forward into new pathways.

The Presentation of this innovative, sophisticated personal style at the Academy gained full acceptance with praise and honors together with the high respect of his fellow painters and of course the Academic Diploma.

In 2013 Dimitris Alexandros Fatouros presents forty painting creations in Athens concurrently remaining a devoted, edifying contributor of the “Academie Royale des Beaux-arts de Bruxelles” (A.R.B.A) up to this very moment.

Dimitris Alexandros Fatouros’ personal style in both the artistic and literary field stands out inventive and uninfluenced, purely unique.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

- 1976 HYDRA
- 1976 ATHENS
- 1978 HYDRA
- 1978 ATHENS
- 1980 ATHENS
- 1980 FRANKFURT
- 1981 LUDWIGSHAFEN
- 1982 ATHENS
- 1983 ATHENS
- 1984 PARIS
- 1985 ATHENS
- 1986-89 HYDRA
- 1990 BRUSSELS
- 1991-98 Foundation and operation of A.K.T.Y. (Hydra)
- 1999 HYDRA
- 2000 Y.N.O. HYDRA
- 2001 Y.N.O. HYDRA
- 2002 THESSALONIKI
- 2003 HANIA, CRETE
- 2004 HYDRA
- 2005 HYDRA
- 2006 COMMISSION EUROPEENE, BRUSSELS
- 2006 HYDRA
- 2013 ATHENS
- 2017 HYDRA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

- 1975 PIRAEUS
- 1976 PIRAEUS
- 1977 PIRAEUS
- 1979 PIRAEUS
- 1992 HYDRA
- 1994 PIRAEUS
- 2006 ACADEMIE ROYALE DES BEAUX-ARTS, BRUXELLES
- 2007 ACADEMIE ROYALE DES BEAUX-ARTS, BRUXELLES
- 2015 BRUSSELS
- 2017 BRUSSELS

NOVELS

- ANGEL IN MY YARD
- TRITON
- ERE, GAZING OVER HIGH MOUNTAINS
- THE SKY OF MY NEIGHBORHOOD
- FIVE STEPS FROM HADES
- THE WOODEN BOAT
- LETTER DELIVERED TO THE WRONG ADDRESS
- THERE ARE TIMES THAT… AND THERE ARE MOMENTS WHICH…
- ENDURING WIND
- THE LIGHTHOUSE OF ALEXANDRIA

REFERENCES

- LEXICON OF GREEK PAINTERS, published by MELISSA
- MODERN GREEK LITERATURE IN THE 20th CENTURY by C. MITSAKIS
- GREEK LETTERS, A MODERN GREEK LITERATURE ANNUAL, 1988
- DICTIONNAIRE BIOGRAPHIQUE EUROPEEN 1991-92