MICHALIS KATZOURAKIS, Artist & Interior Architect
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Michalis Katzourakis was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1933. In 1938 his family settled in Athens. Upon graduation from Athens College, in 1951, he left for Paris, where he studied painting with Andre Lhote and, subsequently, graphic arts and drawing with Paul Colin. He returned to Athens in 1955 and worked for several years as a free-lance graphic designer. He was Artistic Advisor to the Greek Organization for Tourism (E.O.T.) from 1960 to 1967. In the years 1962 to 1974 he co-founded and directed K & K Advertising Center of Athens with F.Carabott. In 1974 he established the firm AMK Architects & Designers, specializing in international interior design with an emphasis on cruise ship interiors. He showed his paintings for the first time in 1955, at the Paine Gallery, and then, in 1967, at the Athens Art Gallery. In 1969 he exhibited minimalist two- and three-dimensional works at the Goethe Institute of Athens, and, in 1970, industrially produced works in polystyrene based on drawings. The direction during this period was the creation of works whose primary concern was the nature of the space for which they were intended. In 1976 he became a member of the art group, Processes and Systems. 1977 marked the beginning of his explorations into the possibilities of mixed media, and hand-crafted, more gestural works created with no specific destination in mind.
His works are found in the National Gallery of Athens and in public and private collections both in Greece and abroad.
1955 Paine Gallery, Athens, painting / 1962 Eska Gallery, Athens, posters / 1967 Athens Art Gallery, painting / 1969 Goethe Institute of Athens, painting and sculpture / 1970 Athens Art Gallery, sculpture / 1975 Murals in the cruise ship Golden Odyssey, Piraeus / 1977 Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, painting / 1979 Denise Rene Gallery, Paris, painting / 1981 Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, painting / 1984 Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, painting / 1991 Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, painting / 1994 Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, painting / Mylos Art Gallery, Thessaloniki, painting / 1996 Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, painting and construction / Galerie 3,Galerie Gabriel, Vienna / 1997 Artforum Gallery, Thessaloniki / Galerie Denise Rene, Riva dei Giardini Pubblici, Venice / 1998 Foundation for Hellenic Culture, Berlin / Kappatos Gallery, Athens / 1999 Galerie Denise Rene, Espace Marais , Paris / 1999 Weimar Cultural Capital of Europe , Hohanisplatz Leipsig.
1959 2e salon d`Artistes Jeunes, Galerie Zygos, Athens / 1962-1967 Two panhellenic exhibitions during this period / 1964 The Art Directors Club of New York, New York / 1968 Poster Biennial, Warsaw / 1969 Chateau du Tremblay, sculpture, Paris / Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris / 1970 Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris / Biennale Brno, Czechoslovakia / 1971 Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris / 1972 Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris / Biennale Brno, Czechoslovakia / Sculpture in Architecture, Paris / Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris / Experimental Exhibit of Graphic Arts, Venice Biennale / 1973 Graphic Design for the Community, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam / Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris / 1974 107Grafici del AGI, Castello Sforzesco, Milan / 1976 Processes and Systems, Athens Art Gallery / Poster Biennial, Warsaw / Biennale Brno, Czechoslovakia / 1978 `Thirteen Greek Artists` Konstakademien, Stockholm / `Images of Greek Art`, Athens / 1981 Contemporary Art Association, National Research Foundation, Athens /1982 Biennale Brno, Czechoslovakia / 1983 Colorado International Poster Exhibition, Colorado / 1985 `Memories, Re-creations, Resurgences`, National Gallery, Athens / Contemporary Art Association, Arts Center, Freedom Park, Athens / 1987 Spatial Interpretations, Arts Center, Freedom Park, Athens / 1988 Greek painting 1968-1988, Brussels / 1989 Null - Dimension, Fulda, Germany / 1ere Biennale Internationale d`Art de la Colonne Morris, Munich / 1990 Alliance Graphique Internationale, Blois, France / 1991 FIAC - Galerie Denise Rene, Paris / 1992 ARCO 92, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Madrid / Galerie Denise Rene - Art Construit/Tendances Actuelles, Paris / 1993 Observatoire International des Prisons, Echirolles, Mois du graphisme / Observatoire International des Prisons, Lyon, Bibliotheque de la Part-Dieu / Observatoire International des Prisons, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris / 1994 Poster Biennial, Warsaw / FIAC - Galerie Denise Rene, Paris / Mylos Art Gallery, 3 years, Thessaloniki / Averof Art Gallery, New Acquisitions, Metsovo, Greece / Centre Mondial de la Paix, Verdun / Galerie Denise Rene, Paris / National Gallery, Athens / 1995 Averof Art Gallery, Metsovo, Greece / National Gallery, Athens / ART 26 BASEL, Galerie Denise Rene / FIAC, Galerie Denise Rene, Paris / 1996 Selini Gallery, Athens / FIAC, Galerie Denise Rene / Zongolopoulos-Katzourakis, Aria Gallery, Argostoli-Kefalonia / Cinquante Ans dArt Construit, Hommage a Denise Rene, Strasburg / ART ATHINA 4, Galerie Denise Rene, Athens / Cycladic Art Museum, Athens (Michalis Katzourakis, John Michas, Angelos Skourtis) / 1997 The Rethymnon Centre for Contemporary Art, Creta (M. Katzourakis, M. Michaelides, G. Zongolopoulos) / ART ATHINA 5, Aria Gallery Kappatos, Athens / EUROTECH, Thessaloniki (Michalis Katzourakis, George Zongolopoulos) / 1998 ART ATHINA 6, Galerie Denise Rene , Athens / 1999 ART ATHINA 7, Galerie Denise Rene / 1999 ART Basel, Galerie Denise Rene / North & South Transcultural Visions, National Museaum Warsaw / 2000 Le mouvement et la lumiere, Carte Blanche a Denise Rene, Musee de Cambrai, France.
Awards and Honors :
1961 2nd prize, International Tourism Poster Competition, Livorno / 1962 1st prize, International Tourism Poster Competition, Livorno / 1964 Honorable Mention, The Art Directors Club, New York /1965 Golden Cross from the Order of the Phoenix for exceptional contribution to Greek design /
1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 Rizzoli awards. 1972 3rd prize, Biennale Brno, Czechoslovakia / 1989 Press Award, 1ere Biennale Internationale d`Art de la Colonne Morris, Munich.
Member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 1968.
Works installed in Public Spaces (1970-1980) :
(Hellenic Radio & Television : Radio broadcasting studio,
corridors, reception rooms) / Hoechst plant (cafeteria) / Apco plant,
Thebes (exterior facade, staff restaurant) / Ivi plant (office
entrance) / Citibank Syntagma Square in Athens, Piraeus,
Thessaloniki / Appolon Palace Hotel, Kavouri / Cruise ships :
Golden Odyssey, Daphne, Danae, Royal Odyssey (carpets, ceramics,
paintings with different and various materials and construction
methods) / Bank of Crete, Athens /
References in books and magazines :
The Poster, An Illustrated History from 1860, Studio Vista / Encyclopedia `Papyros-Larousse`, Greece / Modern Publicity 1962, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974 / International Poster Annual 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1973 / Graphis Annual 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 / Architektonika Themata 1972 / Design in Greece 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1981 / Photographis 1974 / Gebrauchsgraphic 1963, 1964, 1965 / Idea Magazine, Tokyo 1970, 1971, 1972 / Architektoniki (Athens) 1962 / Eikones (Athens) 1962 / G. Zongolopoulos, catalog essay, Athens Goethe Institute 1969 / Technodomika (Athens) 1973 / Gynaika (Athens) 1971, 1975 / D. Antonakatou, `Politika Themata` (Athens) 6/3/1976 / D.Antonakatou, `Ellinika Themata` (Athens) Issue No 159 / Em. Mavromatis, catalog essay, Processes-Systems, 1976 / T. Spiteris, `Epikaira` (Athens) 4/3/1976, 28/4/1977 / N. Papadakis, SIMA 6/1977 / Em. Mavromatis, catalog essay, Zoumboulakis Galleries, 1977 / A. Xidis, catalog essay, Thirteen Greek Artists, Stockholm 1978 / Em. Mavromatis, catalog essay, Galerie Denise Rene 1979 / Whos who in Graphic Design 1982 / ABC Art & Graphics 1983 / Graphis Posters 1984 / Posters by Members of the Alliance Graphique Internationale 1960-1985 /
FhK Henrion AGI Annals 1989 / First Choice, Tokyo 1989 / B. Papadopoulou, catalog essay, Zoumboulakis Galleries, 1991 / B. Papadopoulou, La Mia Casa 1991 / Design 11/1991 / Observatoire International des Prisons, 100 affiches pour le droit et la dignite des prisonniers ordinaires, 1993 / Vassia Karkayanni-Karabelia, catalog essay, Zoumboulakis Galleries 1994 / ?. Savopoulos, catalog essay, Mylos Art Gallery, 1994 / A. Kardoulaki, `Art News`, interview, 1994 / E. Koscielak, ARTI 1994 / A. Xirouhakis, ANTI 1994 / European Community Design 1994 / E. Koscielak, ARTI magazine dedicated to MK, 1995 / Olga Metzafou-Polyzou, catalog essay, Averof Art Gallery, 1995 / Design & Art in Greece, issue No 26, Vassia Karabelia, 1995 / Catherine Cafopoulos, Andrea Gilbert, catalog essay, Zoumboulakis Gallery, 1996 / Gallery 3, Gabriel Gallery, Vienna, 1996 / Christos Konstantopoulos, ARTI 31, 1996 / Christina Petrinou, ART magazine No 24, 1996 / Em. Mavromatis, newspaper KERDOS, 2.6.1996 / Maria Maragou, newspaper ELEFTHEROTYPIA, 13.6.1996 / Charis Kambouridis, newspaper TA NEA, 19.6.1996 / Hommage a Denise Rene Cinquante Ans dArt Construit, 1996 / Amanda Michalopoulou, newspaper KATHIMERINI, 6.7.1997 / Pari Spinou, newspaper ELEFTHEROTYPIA, 21.9.97 / Haris Savvopoulos, catalog essay, Artforum Gallery, 1997 / Andrea Gilbert, ARTI, 1997 / Irene Savvani catalog essay, Foundation for Hellenic Culture, Berlin / Haritina Karayndrou, ARTI 37, 1998 / Katia Arfara, newspaper TO VIMA, 4.10.98,Maria Tsilimidou, newspaper EPENDYTIS, 10.11.1998, Electra Theodoritoy, newspaper THESSALONIKI, 7.10.98, Maria Maragou, newspaper ELEFHROTYPIA, 29.10.98 / Pari Spinou, newspaper KYRIAKATIKI ELEFHEROTYPIA, 1.11.98 / Krista Konstantinides , newspaper ESTIA, 2.11.28 / Alex Koroxenides, newspaper KATHIMERINI HERALD TRIBUNE, 3.11.98 / N.G.Xydakis, newspaper KATHIMERINI, 6.12.98 / M.Stephanides ANTI , magazine 20.11.98 / Tonia Makra, IDEES & LYSSIA GIA TO SPITI magazine, no 170 january 1999, V.Karkayanni Karabelia , catalog essay, Galerie Denise Rene, Paris 1999.