Cypriot, 1900-1978

Takis Frangoudes was born in Limassol in 1900.

In 1918, after his graduation from the Greek Gymnasium of Limassol, he went to Athens to study at the Low School.
From 1920 and the next two years he attended painting lessons at the School of Art, having as a teacher G. Jakovides and at the Amateur School of Art with Vikentios Boccheciampe as a teacher.

After his studies he returned to Cyprus for four years and worked as a journalist. In 1928 he settles in Athens, where he works and creates. He had connections with intellectuals, traveled in several European countries, while he published art critics and studies on history of art. He died in Athens, 1978.

His work was presented in one-man exhibitions in Athens, in 1951, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1964 and 1972. His first personal exhibition in Cyprus took place at Platres in 1952, and his second one in Nicosia, 1969. In 1997 the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Culture organized a retroactive exhibition of his work in Nicosia.

In 1969 Takis Frangoudes was awarded with the 1st Europa prize at the Lensbury Art Club in London.

His work can be found in the Collection of the State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art in Nicosia and at the House of Cyprus in Athens.

Bibliography: Christos Savvidis-Trichas, “Cypriot Artists”, Chr. Andreou publications, Nicosia 1982-83 – Chrysanthos Christou, “Short History of Modern and Contemporary Cypriot Art”, Nicosia 1983 – “Takis Fragkoudis”, Cultural Services, Ministry of Culture, Nicosia 1997 – Eleni Papademetriou, “State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art”, Ministry of Culture, Nicosia 2002 – Eleni Nikita, “Cypriot Artists, First generation”, Cultural Centre of Popular Art, Nicosia 2002.