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Andreou Kostas

Date of birth: 01-01-1917
Date of death: 08-10-2007
Art Works 6


Sao Paulo, Brazil 1917 - Athens 2007

Andreou was born in Brazil by Greek parents and moved to Greece in 1925. In 1940, he joined the Greek Army to fight against the Italian invasion and later, he became a member of the Resistance during the German occupation. In 1945, he won a scholarship from the French government and moved to Paris. In 1947, he started, using a new technique, to create art: using sheets of welded bronze. This new technique broke away from traditional methods of using this material. In Paris, he met with great minds and artists and he collaborated among others, the great Swiss/French architect Le Corbusier. Andreou also had the opportunity to exhibit with some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso (1961 and 1962), Henri Matisse (1961) and Max Ernst (1962). In 1998, he was awarded the prize «Gran Prix d'Antoine Pevsner» for sculpture. In 1999, the library of the municipality of Ville-du-Bois was renamed in his honor. In 2000, he was awarded by the French Government the title «Croix de Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur». In 2001, he was awarded by the French Government the title «Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres» (maximum extent of the Légion d'honneur). Works of Andrew can be found in many collections in Europe, North America and Asia. He died on October 8, 2007 at his home in Athens.