Pavlos (Dionyssopoulos) was born in 1930 at Philiatra, Peloponnese. From 1949 until 1953 he attended the Athens School of Fine Arts. Having obtained a scholarship from the French state, he visited Paris for a short period in 1954. In 1958 he returned to Paris, this time with a full three year scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. He settled permanently in Paris and in parallel with painting, he commenced creating works made entirely of poster paper, material he collected from printing houses and magazines.

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When Pavlos exhibited his first work by poster paper in 1963 at the Salon des Réalitès Nouvelles, the art critic Pierre Restany was impressed by the pioneering concept and execution of his work. Restany classified him in the movement of the New Realists, but at the same time he praised the uniqueness and originality of Pavlos’ work.

In 1980 Pavlos represented Greece in the Venice Biennale and in 1985 he presented the “Flags of the Countries of the European Community” at an exhibition in Athens, the then cultural capital of Europe.(see photo below). In 1992 the City of Paris organised a retrospective exhibition of his work at Sorbonne and in 1997 the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation organised his first major retrospective exhibition in Athens.

His works can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée d’ Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the European Parliament in Brussels and in museums of contemporary art in Europe and Latin America. He has also realised a series of important exhibitions in Europe, mainly in France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Holland and Italy. In Greece, his works are exhibited at the Athens National Gallery, the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art in Thessaloniki and in many public and private collections.

A major exhibition of his work was presented at Mihalarias Art in November 2006 and also at the Art Athina International Art Fair in 2010.

Selected Bibliography:

  • Pavlos, FIAC Paris 1991, Galerie Guy Pieters, exhibition catalogue.
  • Pavlos, Adam Editions, The J. F. Costopoulos Foundation, Αthens, 1997
  • Frederic Ballester, Pavlos, Papiers en Fete, 1962- 2003 Images en Manoeuvres Editions, Ville de Cannes, France 2004.
  • Pavlos, Solo Exhibition at Mihalarias Art Gallery,Athens, Nov. 2006
  • Pavlos, Retrospective Exhibition 1962-2006, Ermoupolia Cycladic Pinacotheque, Syros, Greece, 2007
  • Pavlos, Guy Peters Editions,Belgium 2008

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