RETURNYiannis Tsarouchis

Yiannis Tsarouchis

Painter and set designer
He was born in Piraeus on 13 January 1910. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, having as his professors, among others, Konstantinos Parthenis, George Iakovidis and Spyridon Vikatos (1929-1935). At the same time he studied at the atelier of Photis Kontoglou, who introduced him to Byzantine hagiography (1931-1934), and at his side he studied folk architecture and apparel. Along with Pikionis, Kontoglou and Angeliki Hatzimichalis he pioneered the request of his time regarding the Greekness of domestic art. During 1935-36 he traveled to Istanbul, Paris and Italy, where he became closely acquainted with Renaissance art, Impressionism and contemporary artistic movements. In 1938 he held his first solo exhibition in Athens moving the interest of critics. In 1940 he was conscripted and served in the Albanian Front. After the war he traveled to Paris. He held solo exhibitions in Paris (1951), London, Rome, Bologna, Thessaloniki, New York (1953). He participated in the Venice Biennale (1958) and in group exhibitions. In 1967 he moved to Paris. He became particularly interested in theater. He designed sets and costumes for the National Theatre of Greece, the Greek Theatre Marika Kotopouli, the Art Theatre of Carolos Coun, the People’s Theatre and the Municipal Theater of Piraeus. He collaborated with the GNO during the decade from 1955 to 1965, designing sets and costumes for five operas, one operetta and two ballets, in 24 productions and/or productions revivals: The Godson [O Vaftistikos], The mother’s ring [To dachtilidi tis manas], La traviata, The medium, Medea, Norma, Giselle, The merchant [O pramateftis] (Grimanis / Petridis). He designed the sets in the operas Medea (1961) and Norma (1960), performed by Maria Callas in Epidaurus. He published articles and studies. In 1981 he founded in Maroussi, at the house where he lived, the Yannis Tsarouchis Museum. He was a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece (EETE) and of the group Armos. He passed away on 20 July 1989. // Last update of the biography: November 2020 - The list of the productions below is continually updated. .