The Biography of Thanasis Fampas

Thanasis Fampas working on a sculpturePainter and sculptor Thanasis Fampas was born in 1922, in Lafkos, Greece and passed away in 2011 in Volos, Greece. Between 1946-1947 he studied at the Belle Arte Academy of Art in Athens and in 1954 he received his Masters in Monumental Art at the Nicolae Grigorescu Academy of Art in Bucharest, Romania.

biography-10During WWII Thanasis Fampas was a member of the Greek National Resistance and in later years designed and sculpted monuments honouring both the victims and heroes of WWII. For over 50 years he participated in numerous personal and group art exhibitions throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa.

He also represented Greece at the International Exhibitions of Art in Bucharest (Romania) 1953, Warsaw (Poland) 1955, Moscow (Russia) 1957, and Berlin (Germany) 1970.

Thanasis Fampas working on a sculptureThanasis Fampas illustrated 30 book covers, published in Greece and Romania. He is mentioned in over 20 Dictionaries of Art, and his work has been published in numerous art magazines and newspapers. In 1985, the late Romanian art critic L.H. Oprescu published the monograph Thanasis Fampas.

biography-02Fifteen marble and bronze statues and over a thousand paintings are part of museum and private collections in Greece, USA, Canada, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Brazil, Venezuela, Poland, and Russia. Thanasis Fampas was awarded six Honour Awards in Greece and Romania.

biography-05In 2005, the Municipality of Sipiados, Thessaly, honoured Thanasis Fampas for his extraordinary contribution to Greek modern art by establishing the “FAMPEION” Museum in the artist’s native Lafkos. The paintings and the monuments exhibited in the museum were donated by the artist. The 8 marble statues in the Museum gardens were sculpted by Thanasis Fampas in Lafkos during the summers of 1987, 1988, and 1989.

In May 2009 he was awarded the City of Volos Honorary Citizen Award and from the Hellenic Parliament, he received a honorary medal and five volumes of the APANTA by Rigas Velestinis.

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