Cypriot, 1883-1958
Vasilis Vrionides art

Vasilis Vrionides was born in Limassol in 1883.

As a young man with love for art, he managed to persuade his wealthy father to let him study music in Venice around 1900. At the end the art that attracted him the most was drawing. He attended classes at the Academy of Fine Arts, without finishing his studies. He remained in Venice until 1909.

In 1922 he went to Paris and he studied as a free student at the Academies Grande Chaumiere and Colarossi.
He lived in Paris from 1922 until 1926 and from 1928 until 1930. He died in Limassol in 1958.

Whilst he was alive, he didn’t exhibit neither dispose his work to the public.

Vasilis Vrionides was influenced from modern drawing trends, which he came close in Paris. He also had many painters as friends who were well known at that time. His work was exhibited in a posthumous exhibition in 1962 at the Municipal Gallery in Limassol.

His work can be found at the State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art, the Municipal Gallery of Limassol and in private collections.

Bibliography: Crysanthos Christou, Short History of Modern and Contemporary Cypriot Art, Nicosia 1983; Eleni Nikita, Cypriot Artists, First Generation, Cultural Centre of Popular Bank, Nicosia 2002; Eleni Papademetriou, State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services, Nicosia 1998.