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Tassos (Anastasios Alevizos)

COUNTY: Elis MUNICIPALITY: Pineios

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16ºC

Century of Birth

20

City of Birth

Lefkochori

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A famous award-winning engraver and sculptor. His works were exhibited in the USA, the USSR, France, Italy and Japan.

Anastasios Alevizos is a famous engraver and sculptor, who became famous under the name Tassos. He was born in Lefkochori of Elis in 1914. He studied in the School of High Arts in Athens at the age of 16. He was an apprentice in the workshops of great painters and sculptors such as Thomopoulos, Argyros, Parthenis and others. During the period of 1933-1938 he attended engraving classes in Kefallinos’ workshop. He continued his studies in Rome, Florence and Paris. In 1938 he was awarded the Prize of Engraving and in 1940 the State Medal of Engraving.

He was politically affiliated with the communist left party since 1930, and during the Occupation he became member of the United Panhellenic Organization of Youth (ΕΠΟΝ) and the National Liberation Front (EAM) of artists. During the 7-year dictatorship (1964-1973), Tassos was self-exiled.

He was mostly inspired by the struggles of the Nation, the natural beauties of Greece and the everyday life of common people. In 1976 he exhibited his works in the National Gallery. In 1948 he collaborated with the Greek Publishing Organization of Educational Books (OΕΔΒ), and from 1962 until his death in 1985 he had been designing the stamps for the Republic of Cyprus.

He is considered to be one of the most important representatives of Greek engraving and his works were exhibited in USA, Soviet Union, France, Italy and Japan. He also participated in the Venice Biennale exhibition in 1952.