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Giorgos Ziakas

Set Designer, Costume Designer
Born in Larissa in 1940. He turned to stage design in 1959. He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) under Yannis Moralis and stage design under V. Vassiliadis (1960-1966). He worked as an assistant in the painting department of the School of Architecture NTUA (1972-1979). After graduation he began collaborating with the National Theatre, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, most of the Municipal Regional Theatres, the Cyprus Theatre Organisation [The Suppliants (Aeschylus)], as well as many Free Theatre Troupes and the Thessalian Theatre, where he was a founding member and Artistic Director. In 1969, he was awarded the K. Parthenis prize in the Astor Gallery National Youth Competition. He collaborated with renowned directors of Greek Cinema. He designed the costumes and sets for most of Theo Angelopoulos films. He won the award for costumes at the 21st Thessaloniki Film Festival (1980) for the Angelopoulos film Alexander the Great. For his valuable contribution to Greek Theatre, he was awarded the “Panos Aravantinos” (1995) prize by the Centre for the Study and Research of Greek theater. Since 1985 he has taught painting and stage design at the School of Fine Arts. He has presented his painting and sketches in both solo and group exhibitions in Athens, Larissa, Thessaloniki, Patras and Boston. He was a founding member of the Visual Arts Centre (1974-76) and member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece (EETE). From 1981-2007 he worked with the Greek National Opera, as set designer and costume designer, among others, in the following productions and / or revivals La traviata , Werther, Die Fledermaus, Faust , Thais and Carmen.