Born in Athens in 1944, Kyriakos Katzourakis studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts painting under Yannis Moralis (1963-1968) and theater design under Vassilis Vassiliadis (1966-1968) before training as an engraver at the St. Martins School of Art in London, where he also attended courses on cinema (1973-1974). He lived in England from 1972 to 1985, where with Eduardo Paolozzi's help he mounted a one-man exhibit at the Serpentine Gallery; his work has also been widely shown in Greece and abroad (including Sao Paulo and Paris). He is a founding member of the “Group of 5 New Greek Realists" (1969). In cinema, Katzourakis designed the sets for “The Engagement of Anna” (d. Pantelis Voulgaris, 1972), and created the costumes for “Days of '36” (d. Theo Angelopoulous 1972). Since 1988, Katzourakis has collaborated with the Art Theater in Athens on many plays by Giorgos Lazanis, with the Octana dance group, and with the art group Omada Technis since 1991 on the relationship of drawing with theater, music, photography, and cinema. The “Way to the West” marks his directorial debut. Lives and works in Athens.

Bibliography

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