Stelios Votsis, Greek/Cypriot (1929 - 2012)

Stelios Votsis

Stelios Votsis (1929- 2012 Larnaca-Nicosia, Cyprus). He lived and worked in Nicosia, Cyprus.

He studied at the Saint Martin’s School of Arts, Sir John Cass College and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated in 1955 from the Slade School of Arts of the University of London.

At the Slade, he was taught by William Coldstream, and in his early work Stelios was influenced by the Euston Road School, a group of leftwing realist artists including Coldstream. His unwillingness to compromise over what he saw as the quality of his work was a defining feature of Stelios's approach to art. In the second year of his studies at the Slade he won first prize in a university drawing competition. But he refused to accept the prize because he did not believe his work merited it.

He has widely presented his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Europe since the 60’s, among which his most recent participation in 2008 Brussels Biennial. Over the years he took part at The Biennial of Alexandria, The Triennial of India, The Biennial of Venice in 1968 and in 1972, The Biennial of Sao Paolo in 1969, The Bennial of Graphic Arts in Buenos Aires-Argetina, The International Exhibition of New Artists in New York in 1971, The International Biennial of Graphic Arts in Fredrikstadt-Norway, The International Exhibition of Graphic Arts in Frechey – Germany, The International Exhibition of Graphic Arts (Gallery Du Bois)-Pennsylvania and many others.He was awarded the Raskin prize in drawing and a third prize in the European contest which was held in Ostand-Belgium in 1973.

Some of his paintings are part of major collections amonst which the National Gallery of Greece, the National Bank of Greece, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Commercial Bank of Greece, the Vorre Museum, the Larnaca Municipal Gallery, at the Presidential Palace of Cyprus, the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and in many other Public and Private collections in Greece and abroad.

Until the end of his life, he remained a radical and creative artist. In 2005, he and Stass Paraskos began a unique series of collaborative paintings. In these they worked together in our own styles on a single canvas, passing the paintings back and forth like jazz musicians responding to each other's riffs. An exhibition of these works was opened by the British art critic Norbert Lynton in Nicosia in 2007 under the title The Anarchists.

International Exhibitions

1967 Alexandria Biennale

1968 India Triennale

1968 Venice Biennale

1969 International Exhbition of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

1969 Sao Paolo Biennale

1970 International Exhbition, Bradford, UK

1970 International Exhbition, Krakow, Poland

1970 International Exhbition, Oslo, Norway

1970 Graphic Arts Biennale, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1971 International Exhibition of Graphic Arts, New York USA

1972 International Biennale of Graphic Arts, Fredrikstad, Norway

1972 International Exhibition of Graphic Arts, Frechen, Germany

1972 Alexandria Biennale

1972 Venice Biennale

1972 International Exhbition of Graphic Arts, Bradford, UK

1972 International Woodcarving Exhibition (Wood VI), Geneva, Switzerland

1976 International Exhbition of Graphic Arts, Pennsylvania, USA

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