Yiannis Moralis

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Yiannis Moralis (Greek Γιάννης Μόραλης) was an important Greek visual artist and part of the so-called "Generation of the 30s".


Born in Arta, Epirus, Greece, on April 23, 1916, Moralis moved to Athens with his parents in 1927. From the age of 15 he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Umbertos Argyros and Konstantinos Parthenis. In 1936, he received a grant from this school to study for a year in Rome. After this, he went to Paris to study fresco and mural work at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He also studied mosaic at the École des Arts et Métiers.

When World War II broke out in 1939, Moralis returned to Greece. The following year he exhibited his art for the first time. Numerous other exhibitions followed both nationally and internationally.

Moralis taught at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1947 until his retirement in 1983. In 1949, he formed with other artists including Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Yiannis Tsarouchis, Nikos Nikolaou, Nikos Engonopoulos and Panagiotis Tetsis, the "Armos" art group. This group had its first exhibition in 1950 in Athens' Zappeion.

Moralis died on December 20, 2009.


Some of Moralis' most famous works include:

  • Two Friends (1946)
  • Pregnant Woman (1948)
  • Seated Nude (1952)
  • Erotiko (1990).

From the 1970s, he moved from the realistic depictions of the human form of his earlier works towards a geometric stylisation incorporating curves.

Over the years, Moralis was also involved with creating theatrical set and costume designs for the Greek National Theatre and the Greek National Ballet; illustrating poetic works by Odysseas Elytis and Giorgos Seferis; and decorating architectural works such as the façade of the Athens Hilton, the Metro-Station "Panepistimiou" and the Athens Central Station.

In 1965 he was decorated by King Constantine II with the Order of the Phoenix.


External links

  • Perigrafis – biography in Greek; includes photos of several paintings
  • Paleta – thumbnails of numerous paintings

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