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Stephen Antonakos


Stephen Antonakos was born in Agios Nikolaos, near Gythion in Lakonia in 1926. His family moved to New York City in 1930, where he has been living and working to this day. A self-taught artist, he began to paint at an early age, exploring the use and application of castoff materials and hence the problems of colors and space. He was the first to use neon lights and advertising panels in order to create color, light and the magic of his abstract works. With over 30 individual exhibits in galleries all over the world and works of his enhancing public spaces worldwide, Antonakos is one of the leading Greek artists of America. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and international shows, such as: The New American Realism (Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, 1965), Documenta (Kassel, 1977), Εuropalia, (Βrussels, 1982), the Biennale in Sao Paulo (1987) and Venice (1997). His work is also prominent in many public buildings and open-air spaces: Fort Art Museum (1974), Hampshire College (1978), Musée d' Art Moderne (Paris, 1983), Ambelokipi Metro Station in Athens (2000), etc.

The exhibition “RECURRENCE, Stephen Antonakos at the Hellenic American Union” will last until February 28th, 2007.