Born in Thessaloniki in 1957, he was an Athens School of Fine Arts student (1976-1981) of Dimitris Mytaras and Yannis Moralis. He pursued his studies in painting thanks to a Spyridon Vikatos Athens School of Fine Arts scholarship which took him to the Parisian École nationale superieure des Beaux-Arts where he was taught by Leonardo Cremonini (1984-1987). He has received acclaim for his work and has been awarded various painting distinctions:  the Prix de l’ Académie de Médicine de France (1987), ‘The Τrophies of Colour, the Lefranc-Bourgeois National Award for Painting’ (Lefranc-Bourgeois, Cirque d’ Hivers, Paris, 1992), and the Painting Prize at the 18th Biennale of Alexandria (1994). In 1984 he had his very first solo show and has since had twenty more in Greece and abroad. He resides and works in Athens and in Paris.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013 Galerie Lefor Openo, Paris
  • 2013 Kalfayan Galleries, Athens
  • 2009 Edouard Sacaillan: The Artist’s Eye, Frissiras Museum, Athens
  • 2008 Spectators, Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki
  • 2008 Viennafair, 2008, Kalfayan Galleries, Vienna
  • 2007 Utopias of Paradise, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens
  • 2006 Landscapes and People, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Athens
  • 2005 Dialogues 2005, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki
  • 2005 Spaces with People, Foundation of Thracian Art & Tradition in collaboration with Kalfayan Galleries (Athens – Thessaloniki)
  • 2005 Omikron Gallery, Nicosia
  • 2005 Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki
  • 2004 Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki
  • 2003 Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens
  • 2002 Galerie Lefor Openo, Paris
  • 2001 Galerie Le Point, Monte Carlo
  • 1999 The Crowd and the Child, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens
  • 1997 Terracotta Art Gallery, Thessaloniki
  • 1997 Amimoni Gallery, Ioannina
  • 1996 Milonogianni Gallery, Crete
  • 1996 Le visage et la foule, Gallerie Dionne, Paris
  • 1995 Chryssa Gallery, Katerini
  • 1995 Polyedro Gallery, Patras
  • 1993 The Crowd and the Child, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens
  • 1991 Galerie Arichi, Paris
  • 1991 Terracotta Art Gallery, Thessaloniki
  • 1990 Galerie Eonnet-Dupuy, Paris
  • 1990 Municipal Gallery of Kalamata, Kalamata
  • 1990 Iraklio Gallery, Crete
  • 1990 Tiryns Gallery, Karditsa
  • 1989 Agathi Gallery, Athens
  • 1988 Ora Gallery, Athens
  • 1984 Ora Gallery, Athens
  • 1983 Municipal Gallery of Vouliagmeni, Athens

 

Group Exhibitions

  • 2013 The 80's Generation - Contemporary Greek Painting from the Sotiris Felios Collection, National Gallery - Alexander Soutzos Museum - Sparta Annex, (Coumantaros Art Gallery), Sparta
  • 2013 Somatographies - Contemporary Greek Painting from the Sotiris Felios Collection, National Gallery - Alexander Soutzos Museum - Nafplion Annex, Nafplion
  • 2012 Ellenico Plurale - Dipinti dalla Collezione Sotiris Felios, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome (curated by Giuliano Serafini)
  • 2012 Gold, (guest curator: Thomas Zaunschirm), Imperial Belvedere Palace Museum, Vienna
  • 2012 Between Reality and Fantasy. Works from the Sotiris Felios Collection, Giorgio de Chirico Art Center, Volos (curated by Irene Orati)
  • 2011 White & Black, Frissiras Museum, Athens
  • 2010 The Naked Truth, Frissiras Museum, Athens
  • 2009 The Perspective of Time – Pictorial Histories:  Paintings from the Sotiris Felios Collection, Benaki Museum, Piraeus Annex, Athens
  • 2009 35 Contemporary Greek Artists on Democracy, Zappeion Exhibition Hall, Athens
  • 2009 Art Dubai 2009, Kalfayan Galleries (Athens-Thessaloniki)
  • 2009 Art Athina 2009, Kalfayan Galleries (Athens – Thessaloniki)
  • 2008 Art Dubai 2008, Kalfayan Galleries (Athens-Thessaloniki)
  • 2007 Art Contemporain d’ Arménie, Orangerie du Luxembourg, Musée d’ Art Moderne d’ Arménie, Paris
  • 2007 Visual Arts in Greece II, ‘Artistic Innovation. Semiotics of its Conditions in the New Era’, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
  • 2007 Viennafair, Kalfayan Galleries, Vienna
  • 2006 Artissima, Kalfayan Galleries, Turin
  • 2006 Once upon a time there was Penelope Delta..., Athens College, Athens
  • 2006 Anatomy of a Dream, Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki
  • 2006 Athens Voice: Art on the Front Page II, Benaki Museum, Athens
  • 2006 Cow Parade, Athens
  • 2005 Dialogues 2005, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and Kalfayan Galleries, Thessaloniki
  • 2005 Art Athina, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens
  • 2005 Ploes XI, In Arte Veritas, P. and M. Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros
  • 2004 The Suffering Body, Centre of Contemporary Art, Rethymnon
  • 2004 In our image, after our likeness, Frissiras Museum, Athens
  • 2002 Voyageur sans boussole: Sur les traces de Dubuffet, (curated by Eurydice Trichon), Museum of Modern Art, Centre G. Pompidou, Paris
  • 2002 Art Paris, Lefor Openo, Paris
  • 2001 Salon de Mai, Paris
  • 2000 Salon de Mai, Paris
  • 2000 2000 tins, Lithographer of Pireaus Street, Athens
  • 1998 Contemporary Greek Art - Three Generations, Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel and National Gallery of Athens, Athens
  • 1998 Contemporary Art, Three Generations, National Gallery of Art, Athens
  • 1997 Vis à vis, Fondation Coprim, Musée Louviers, France
  • 1996 Vis à vis, Fondation Coprim, Paris
  • 1995 L’éveil artistique en jeu, Fondation Coprim, Paris
  • 1995 Bouvet Laduday Gallery, Lefranc-Bourgeois, Le Mans-Saumur, France
  • 1994 The Collection of V. Frissiras, Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki, and Vellides Foundation
  • 1994 18th Biennale of Alexandria, Painting Award
  • 1994 FIAC, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Paris
  • 1993 The Child in Modern Greek Art, National Gallery, Athens
  • 1993 The Collection of V. Frissiras, Chania, Crete
  • 1992 The Collection of V. Frissiras, Byzantine  Museum, Athens
  • 1992 The Collection of V. Frissiras, Hydra Art Gallery
  • 1992 The Collection of V. Frissiras, Rhodes Art Gallery
  • 1992 The Trophies of Color, the Lefranc-Bourgeois National Award for Painting, Lefranc-Bourgeois, Cirque d’Hivers, Paris
  • 1991 Greek Artists from the Collection of V. Frissiras, Pierides Art Gallery and Municipal Gallery of Athens
  • 1990 With reference to Bouzianis, Municipal Gallery of Athens
  • 1988 Greek Painting 1968-1988, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the National Gallery of Art, Brussels
  • 1988 Collection of the National Bank, 1975-1987, National Gallery, Athens
  • 1988 Encounters-Comparisons of 33 Artists, Municipal Gallery of Athens
  • 1987 Tradition and the Avant Garde in Greece, Pierides Art Gallery (Chrysanthos Christou), Kiosk 7, International Trade Fair, Thessaloniki
  • 1987 Studio of Cremonini, Tokyo School of Fine Arts
  • 1987 Pan-Hellenic Exhibition, Zappeion Hall, Athens
  • 1987 ENSB-A, Beaux Arts, Paris
  • 1986 Salon de Mai, Paris
  • 1986 Painting, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Romania
  • 1985 Young Greek Artists, Collection of the Vorres Museum, Athens
  • 1985 Memories-Metamorphoses-Quests, National Gallery, Athens

Awards

  • 1994 Painting Award of the 18th Biennale of Alexandria
  • 1992 “The Trophies of Colour, the Lefranc-Bourgeois National Award for Painting”, Lefranc-Bourgeois, Cirque d’Hivers, Paris
  • 1987 Prix de l’ Académie de Médicine de France

Selected Bibliography

  • Sacaillan–Utopias of Paradise (exhibition catalogue), Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, 2007.
  • Edouard Sacaillan (exhibition catalogue: “Dialogues 2005”), Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, 2005.
  • Edouard Sacaillan (exhibition catalogue), Omikron Gallery, 2005.
  • Edouard Sacaillan (monograph), Adam Publications, Athens, 2005.
  • “Ploes XI, In Arte Veritas” (exhibition catalogue), P. and M. Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros, 2005.
  • Sacaillan (exhibition catalogue), Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, 2004.

The story of my painting

I’m an artist who can’t stand reality. So in order to endure it, appropriate it, change it, or even see it, I paint.

Reality is traumatic for me, because it’s terrifying.

So I take refuge in imagination through my painting. Even my pragmatic or realistic works have strong fantasy elements from the outset.

This question of objectivity or subjectivity has been on my mind for a great many years. I have realised that I cannot be objective – which means looking at things like a dead object, like a camera lens – because I almost always respond as a human being to what I see and, above all, I respond to what I experience in seeing. Like it or not. The world around me is usually hostile, and I paint so that I can stand it. I am frightened, so I paint to escape this fear.

However, in the society I live in, imagination, instinct, subjectivity and maybe even art are unknown. What is unfortunately comprehensible and complete today is photography. Its optical illusion is for the ingenuous. The image alone exists in an era inundated by images without the personal magic and sensitivity of painting.

It has been difficult for me to paint my troubled fantasy, my neuroses, calmly. But this tough and distanced side of my self is essential to me; it is my defence, it is my painting. Painting thus protects my susceptible imagination from the neuroses.

In the end, the painter can stand his dispute with reality because he loves painting.

Edouard Sacaillan
Athens, March 2010

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