Born in Athens in 1945, he studied engraving at the Athens School of Fine Arts on a scholarship (1963-1968). He pursued his studies for a postgraduate degree in painting (1971-1975) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, thanks to a German State Exchange (DAAD) scholarship, a student of Hermann Kaspar and Karl Fred Dahmen. He was an ‘Art Group A’ member (1960-1967), part of the art team working for ‘Epitheorisi Technis’ (Art Review) magazine and a member of various art groups involved in political activities: he was a founding member of the ‘New Greek Realists’ (1971-1973), the Figurative Arts Center (1974-1976) as well as Munich’s ‘10/9’ (1975). In 1977 he accepted an invitation the Art Program of the city of W. Berlin had extended and thus settled in Berlin. It was in 1987 he moved to Brussels before eventually returning to Greece in 1992. In 1994 he was elected full-time professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts where he still teaches to date. As of 1966 he has been systematically featuring his works in big cities, in Europe and the US as well as in Japan, in solo shows and group exhibitions. He has published the following art books: Nychterino taxidi: Mikra keimena gia tin techni (Night journey: Small Texts on Art, 1998), Anthi tis petras: Ikones pano stin poeisi tou Giorgou Seferi kai deka portreta tou poeiti (Stone flowers: Images from Giorgos Seferis poetry and ten portraits of the poet, Jannis Psychopedis & Titos Patrikios, 2000), Odos Pireos: Mikra keimena gia tin techni (Pireos street: Small Texts on Art, 2004) and Nostos: Mikra keimena gia tin techni (Nostos: Small texts on Art, 2009). He lives and works in Athens.

 

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2009 Polaroids, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens
  • 2008 Nostos, Retrospective Exhibition 1976 – 2007, Cycladic Art Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2007 Yiannis Psychopedis ENCOUNTER Kiki Dimoula, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens
  • 2003 Alphabet. 24+1 Letters, European Parliament, Greek Presidency of the E.U.
  • 2003 Fragile Paintings, 1993-2003, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany
  • 2002 Yiannis Psychopedis, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens
  • 2002 Threat Assessment, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 2001 The letter that did not arrive 1977-1996, National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET) Patra, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1998 Face Control, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1996 History Lessons, the lower parts, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1995 Morning Drawings, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1995 Retrospective Exhibition 1962-1995, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece
  • 1993 27 Images on George Seferis’ poetry, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1992 Drawings1991, Zoumboulakis Galleries , Athens, Greece
  • 1991 Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1988 Retrospective Exhibition 1962-1988, Pierides Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1987 First retrospective exhibition in Greece, Municipal Gallery of Rhodes, Greece
  • 1986 The letter that did not arrive, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens
  • 1985 The letter that did not arrive, Galerie im Kornerpark, Berlin, Germany
  • 1985 Zoumboulakis Galleries , Athens, Greece
  • 1984 The letter that did not arrive 1977-84, State Museum of Antiquities, Munich Glyptotech, Germany
  • 1983 Redmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 1983 Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1982 The Third Eye Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1981 Akademie der Kϋnste, Berlin, Germany
  • 1980 Κunstverein Kassel, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Overbeck – Gesellschaft, Lϋbeck, Germany

Group Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2012 Ellenico Plurale - Dipinti dalla Collezione Sotiris Felios, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome
  • 2012 Between Reality & Fantasy. Works from the Sotiris Felios Collection, Giorgio De Chirico Cultural Center, Volos, Greece
  • 2004 Kath’ikona ke omiosi, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2004 City of the Games. A journey to contemporary Greek Painting, Technopolis, Municipality of Athens, Greece
  • 2002 The pioneers, Kalambaka Centre of Contemporary Art , Greece
  • 1998 Greek Horizons-Contemporary Art from Greece, York City Art Gallery, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, United Kingdom
  • 1998 Contemporary Greek Artists, Pierides Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1998 Contemporary Greek Art, Three generations, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
  • 1998 Images from the sea, Pierides Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1998 Focalisations du regard, during the Greek Presidency of the E.U., Brussels
  • 1997 Montrouge-Athènes, 42nd Salon de Montrouge, France
  • 1997-98 Image and reflection, Contemporary Greek Photography, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Bratislava (Slovakia), Rethymnon Centre of Contemporary Artistic Creation
  • 1995 Summer in the Mediterranean, National Gallery, Tirana, Albania
  • 1995 Configura 2, Erfurt, Germany
  • 1995 Αrt Athina ’95, with Pascal Polar Gallery
  • 1994 9 August nights, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1994 Small figures, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece
  • 1994 FIAC Paris, Paris, France, with Zoumboulakis Galleries
  • 1993 The Rhodes Municipal Gallery in Athens, National Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1993 Child in modern Greek art, National Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1992 ARCO ’92, Madrid, Spain, with Zoumboulakis Galleries
  • 1992 Transformations of the Modern – the Greek experience, National Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1991 Art Expo New York, Metropolis Art Galleries, New York, USA
  • 1990 Vincent zuliebe – van Gogh zu Ehren, Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
  • 1989 Eternalia 89, Charleroi, Belgium
  • 1988 Lineart ’88, Ghent, Belgium
  • 1988 Peinture grecque, European Committee Building, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1987 10 years of Redmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • 1987 Art grec: Lumière, Figure, Mythologies, Réfectoire des Jacobins, Toulouse, Musée des Beaux Arts, Nantes, Musée Paul Valéry, Sette, France
  • 1986 The physiognomy of post-war art in Greece, Municipal Gallery of Athens, Greece
  • 1986 Das andere Land, Berlin, Bochum, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, München, Germany
  • 1986 Athens in Berlin, Pierides Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1986 Station Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
  • 1985 Memories, Recreations, Quests, National Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1984 Salon de Peinture Mediterranéene, Algiers
  • 1984 Variations, Artio Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1983 Contemporary trends in Greek Art, National Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1982 Arteder 82, Bilbao, Spain
  • 1982 Europalia 82, Antwerp, Belgium
  • 1982 Kunstquartier, Foreign Artists in Berlin, AEG-Fabrik, Berlin, Germany
  • 1981 The artist’s portrait, Institute of France, Athens, Greece
  • 1980 Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1979 Vorres Museum, Hellenic-American Union, Athens, Greece
  • 1978 Contemporary Greek Painters, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
  • 1977 10ème Biennale de Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, Freie Berliner
  • 1977 Kunstausstellung, Berlin, Germany
  • 1974 Internationale Kunstmesse, Berlin, Germany
  • 1972 École Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
  • 1972 Salon de Vitry, Paris, France
  • 1972 Galerie de la Maison des Beaux Arts – Atelier Cremoncini, Paris, France

Bibliography

  • ‘J. Psychopedis, Proposition for an autobiography’, Athens, Agra, 1983
  • ‘Retrospective 1962-1986’, Municipal Gallery, Rhodes, 1987
  • ‘J. Psychopedis, 27 Drawings-Notes on the 80s’, Athens, Odysseas, 1990
  • ‘J. Psychopedis, The letter that never arrived’, Athens 1992
  • Vasilakou, ‘J. Psychopedis’, Arti, Nο. 11, Aug.-Oct. 1992, pp. 157-8
  • ‘Jannis Psychopedis’, Athens, Adam, 1993
  • J. Psychopedis, ‘Angelic and black light: 27 pictures on Seferis poetry’, Athens 1993
  • K. Koskina, ‘Jannis Psychopedis’, Arti, Nο. 18, Jan.-Feb. 1994, pp. 164-7
  • ‘Jannis Psychopedis: A monography’, Athens 1994
  • ‘Jannis Psychopedis: Retrospective 1962-1995’, MMCA, Thessaloniki 1995
  • ‘J. Psychopedis: Benign eros – An artistic anthology’, Athens 1995
  • ‘Jannis Psychopedis’, Terracotta Gallery, Athens 1997
  • ‘J. Psychopedis, History of two cities’, Athens 1997
  • ‘Jannis Psychopedis’, Polygnotos Art Gallery, Iraklio 1999
  • ‘Psychopedis. Flowers of the stone: Pictures on Yorgos Seferis poetry and ten portraits of the poet’, Athens 2000
  • ‘J. Psychopedis, Winged words: notes on Odyssey’, Patra 2001
  • ‘J. Psychopedis, Pireos street. Texts on art’, Athens 2004.

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