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Who is Christos Kapralos?

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By Gwylym Owen

Christos Kapralos (Greek: Χρήστος Καπράλος, 1909 – 1993) was a Greek artiste of the 20th century. He was born in Panaitolio (or Moustafouli) in the former municipality of Thesties, near Agrinio.

He studied drawing at a assistant professor with the back of the Agrinian Papastratou Bros. and continued studied drawing in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and at Académie Colarossi, he had a student named Oumbertos Argyros, his professor was Marcel Gimond. He returned to Greece and Panaitolio in 1945 and in 1946, he moved to Athens and unconventional to Aigina.

Christos Kapralos in that relationship with the bas-relief for the memory of the Battle of Pindus during World War II, on which he worked in the company of 1940 and 1945 grounded in his village. After the subside of the war, march along subsequent to the rhapsody of chronicles of advocate Hellenism.

In May 1964 in Zygos gallery, A. Tasos he presented his large black and white wooden arts as soon as the mind from the Greek Civil War, one memory for whatever lost links of his younger days. From his works forgets the civil act which was set in 1961 and completed his works “The men”.

His works were severely anthropocentrical gone the inspiration of Ancient Greek art and mythology. His works were presented in the same way as many expositions not lonesome in Greece, but furthermore in the settle of the world. In Agrinio in 1996, functioned the lonesome sculpture exposition in the Kapralos Art Screen which is founded in the wall of the Papastrateias Public Library. His works which includes 60 little works with great length, he loved art from the initiation of his career from 1930 until 1956. Between those works surgically remove the take action Figoura 1951, Melpomene (1940-1945), Kazuo Kikuchi, a Japanese student from Paris (1937) and Christopher (1940-1945).

Bronze and marble works which he displayed in Athens from 1960 until 1993 in the belly of the building, it lets in Athens in the factory at 7 Tripou Street in Koukaki.

In the island of Aigina which Kapralos often visited in the summer months, the Christos Kapralos Museum was founded in his honor. There are six workshops in the museum, that contain everything the works which were displayed in Aigina every summer from 1963 until 1993.

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