N O N D A
1922 Born in Athens, Greece.
1937 Ionian School student of the Kavalieratou sisters. Later
studies painting and drawing under Spiros Vikatos.
from French government to
theÉcole des Beaux-Arts,
Paris, Atelier Narbonne and
Le Magny. He begins painting
with blood of spleen
and charcoal in the markets
of Les Halles in Paris.
1951 Greek artist and
engraver Dimitris Galanis
befriends NONDA in Paris.
Galanis introduces NONDA to figures such as: André Malraux,
Nikos Kazantzakis, Picasso, and others. Galanis writes of
NONDAs early works:"...the paintings show a true talent and
express a grand artistic temperament."
1952 Exhibition Galerie Parnasse. First one man show in
Athens, Greece. Dedicated toLa Parisienne. Erotic paintings of
nude women spark national scandal. Thousands stand in line to
see the infamous nudes. Exhibition is closed by the police and
reopens when NONDA pins fig leaves over the offending parts.
Spiros Vikatos and writer Stratis Mirivilis publicly support
NONDA against the outraged establishment.
1953 Exhibition Galerie Zachariou:
Les Femmes Chapautées, Athens,
Greece. Private American collector,
Mrs. Mayo Johnson, buys thirty
1953-1975 Yearly exhibitions in
the Salons of Paris at the Grand
Palais, alongside Braque, Chagall,
Miro, Leger, Picasso and others. Salon dHiver, Salon dAutomne,
Salon des Artistes Français, Salon des Surindépendants, Salon
1954 Gains support and admiration of French poet and novelist
Francis Carco, member of the Académie Goncourt as well as
that of the esteemed French art critic Jean-Paul Crespelle.
Francis Carco wrote of NONDA:"The ardor, the force contained
in this young Greek painter signals a rare temperament..."
1955 J.-P. Crespelle wrote of NONDA:"A very personal
style makes this young artist one of the most interesting painters
to emerge in many years."
1956 Galerie Allard First one-man exhibition in Paris. France-
Soir newspaper reviews: &son of an Athenian tailor reveals
himself as one of the hopes for contemporary art.
Signs contract with Galerie Charpentier Paris, France. Annually,
and for the next ten years, the Galerie Charpentier sends works
by NONDA to group exhibitions and museums world-wide.
NONDA invited into theÉcole de Paris.
TheÉcole de Paris
began in 1920 in
grew to include the
masters of 20th century
art in Paris. It encompassed
group of artists who
represented the new
forces in contemporary
art. The greatest artistic
talents were invited to
become honored members
of this historic
association of painters
and sculptors in Paris. TheÉcole de Paris includes four Greek
artists: Galanis, Prassinos, Tsingos and NONDA.
Art historian Raymond Nacenta wrote:"The École de Paris is,
above all, a center of passion; a climate, more or less feverish
or exalted, of investigations, inspirations, suggestions and
exchanges of ideas; a center of ardour and emulation."
Journalist Georges Limbour wrote:"The link which unifies all the
painters in thisÉcole de Paris is the atmosphere in Paris, a high
level of esprit, favorable to artistic creation"
1957-1959 NONDA moves into his atelier at 18, rue
Moncey where he will work for the next four decades.
1960 With the personal
support of French Minister
of Culture, André Malraux,
NONDA receives permission
to exhibit his work
under the arches of the Pont
Neuf, the oldest bridge in
Paris, thereby reviving a
tradition of public, outdoor
exhibitions in Europe, which
had lain dormant since the
shows of Boucher and Chardin in the 18th century. This marks a
turning point for public art in modern Europe. All four Pont Neuf
exhibitions are sponsored by the city of Paris.
1960 Pont Neuf exhibition in tribute to poet François Villon.
Runs day and night without interruption. Enormous canvases and
sculptures dominate the arches of the historic bridge.
1961 Pont Neuf exhibition:Les Idoles.
1962 Pont Neuf exhibition.
1963 Pont Neuf
Trojan Horse", creates
"objets d’art" are
the centerpiece a giant horse built of steel, wood and newspapers
in which the artist lived during the exhibition. Thousands
of visitors as well as leading figures in the world of art and politics
are captivated by his approach. Newspapers and art critics
around the world report on the exhibition.
Exhibition at Center for Cultural Collaboration, Athens, Greece.
1964 Group exhibition Musée dArt Moderne Munich,
Germany. Exhibition Neue München Gallery, Munich, Germany
1965 Exhibition Galerie de Rennes, France.
1966-1973 Series of "spleen" paintings using blood from
1968 Six month stay in New York City marks beginning of a
series of colorful acrylics.
1969-1970 Production of a series of high texture pieces in
1971 Exhibition Pont du Carrousel
1972-1973 Production of six large
abstract wood sculptures, Athens,
1974-1985 A period of secluded,
intense production with focus on a
series of massive cement sculptures.
Almost all works took on a sculptural influence: sketches,
engravings, portraits, paintings with plaster, paintings on rice
1986 Exhibition Galerie Epipeda
Athens, Greece. Works on rice
paper and charcoal drawings. Eight
monumental cement sculptures and
five in plaster and wire are exhibited
in the Dexameni Square in
Kolonaki.across from the gallery.
1987-1988 Series of fish paintings
produced. Six of the eight
cement sculptures disappear and
1989 Nonda suffers a severe heart attack and requires extensive
surgery. Early signs of Alzheimers disease hinder usual productivity.
1990-1996 Small series of abstract paintings produced as
well as several new engravings.
1997 Nondas Paris studio at 18, rue Moncey is sold.
Remaining artwork shipped from Paris studio to Athens,Greece.
1998 Last painting Nonda produces
is completed in
2002-2003 Public and private
celebrations mark his 80th year.