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15 facts about Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas

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By Gwylym Owen

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas (Greek: Νίκος Χατζηκυριάκος–Γκίκας; February 26, 1906 – September 3, 1994), also known as Niko Ghika, was a leading Greek painter, sculptor, engraver, writer and academic. He was a founding member of the Association of Greek Art Critics, AICA-Hellas, International Association of Art Critics.

He studied ancient and Byzantine art as well as folk art due to his reverence for the Greek landscape. During his teenage years he was exposed in Paris to the ahead of its time European artistic trends and he gained acceptance as the leading Greek cubist artist.

His objective was to focus on the deal and purity of Greek art and to deconstruct the Greek landscape and intense natural buoyant into easy geometric shapes and interlocking planes.

His works are featured in the National Gallery (Athens), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of New York and in private collections worldwide.

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