Cypriot, 1917-1996

acrylic on canvas

signed and dated 89 lower left
90 x 110 cm


private collection, Nicosia

We are grateful to Mrs Marina Stephanides, daughter of the artist, for her assistance in cataloguing this work.

2 000 / 3 000 €

Stephanides was born in Nicosia in 1917 and graduated from the Pancyprian Gymnasium in 1935. In his early age, in 1955, he published the anthology ‘Anxieties’ and in 1960 the novel ‘The Son of the Waters’. He also published many poems and short-stories, and was involved in theatre, art and literary criticism. From 1959 until his death he devoted a large part of his life to painting.

Stephanides presented his work in a number of solo exhibitions: in 1964 at Trust Club in Nicosia, in 1979 at Acropolis Gallery in Nicosia, in 1980 at Zygos Gallery in Nicosia, in 1981 at Curium Palace Hotel in Limassol, at Nees Morphes Gallery in Athens, in 1995 at Rembrandt Gallery and Ora Gallery in Nicosia and in 1996 a retrospective exhibition of his work at Kasteliotissa in Nicosia.

He participated in many group exhibitions: 1955 at the Pancyprian Art-Lover’s Society, 1960 at Apophasis Gallery owned by Christoforos Savva, 1967 at the Panhellenic Exhibition in Athens, 1968 at the Alexandria Biennale, 1970 at the exhibition ‘Contemporary Cypriot Art’ at the Commonwealth Institute in London and Edinburgh, 1981 the Touring Exhibition of ‘Cypriot Painting’ in Eastern Countries, 1983 at the ‘Cyprus 1974-1984, Evidence and Deposition’ exhibition in Paris.

He was a founding member of Pancyprian Art-Lover’s Society, of EKATE and of the Cypriot Authors Company.
His work can be found in many public and private collections in Cyprus. Notably at The State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art, The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Centre Foundation and The Limassol Municipal Gallery.