George Lappas (1950-2016)

Born in 1950, Cairo, Egypt he studied Psychology at Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA (1969-1973) and worked in State Mental Hospitals. In 1974 he was awarded the Waston Fellowship to study Indian Architecture and Sculpture for one year in India. He attended classes in architecture at the AA School of Architecture, London (1995) and studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1976-1981) under Yannis Pappas and Yorgos Nicolaides. He continued his studies in sculpture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris on a french state scholarship (1984-1985). Worked and traveled in France and Great-Britain until 1986. In 1991 he had a residence at the Cartier Foundation. He was elected Professor of Sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1992. Since 1995 he worked and traveled in the United Kingdom, the USA and Japan. Since 1981 his work has been presented in various solo and group exhibitions. Works of his can be found at many private and public collections in Greece and abroad.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013 Documents and Sculptural Landsvapes, Jewish Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2007 Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
  • 2005 Sculptures, R.C.A. Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
  • 2004 Sculptures, Diaspro gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2001 Laocoon's Escape, Bernier-Eliades gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1998 Elbo, Lehmann-Maupin gallery, New York, USA
  • 1997 Luminous Works, Gentili gallery, Florence, Italy
  • 1997 Man in the Presence of Ghosts, Tanit gallery, Munich, Germany
  • 1997 Elbo, Jean Bernier gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1996 Parafratellinalia, Port Warehouse, Thessaloniki Yeni Tzami, Thessaloniki Municipality of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1996 Paolo Gentili gallery, Florence, Italy
  • 1996 Tanit gallery, Munich, Germany
  • 1993 The Stance of the Artist, Jean Bernier gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1992 New Burghers, Albert Baronian gallery, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1992 Sculptures, Tanit gallery, Munich, Germany
  • 1991 Dice Works, the Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1990 Dice, Jean Bernier gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1987 Mappemonde, Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1983 Abacus, Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1981 Iron Grids, Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens, Greece


Group Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2013 Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2013 The system of objects, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
  • 2013 Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2011 Sem Gallery, Monte Carlo
  • 2011 European Sculptors, Donopoulos Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2010 Super Load, Α.Μ.Ρ Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2008 European Sculptors, Mylos Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2008 Gmurzynska Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2006 Sculpture @ CityNord, Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2006 Group Show, Xippas gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2006 Open Air Sculptures (City-Nord Park), Peter Borchardt gallery, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2006 Odyssey: Greek Art from the last fifty years, Galerie Gmurzynska, Zürich, Switzerland (curated by Christos Ioachimedes)
  • 2005 The Art of Greece meets China, Platform China, Beijing, China
  • 2004 Breakthrough, Madrid, Spain
  • 2004 Giants, Hague, The Netherlands (curated by De Rooij)
  • 2004 Greek Artist, House of Patents, Munich, Germany
  • 2004 Greek Artist, Francoise-Heitch, Munich, Germany
  • 2004 Paraskevas Collection, Athens, Greece
  • 2004 Monument to Now, the Dakis loannou Collection, Athens, Greece
  • 2003 OUTLOOK, "The Factory", School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece (curated by Christos Ioachimedes)
  • 2003 Beltsios Collection, Larissa, Greece
  • 2002 Conversation, The Van Abbe Museum Collection, "The Factory", School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece
  • 2001 Magicians and Magic, Pavlides Estate, Athens, Greece (organized by Maria Marangou)
  • 1997 Kunst im Kontorhaus Mitte, Berlin, Germany
  • 1997 Jean Bernier gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1996 Everything that's Interesting is New, the Dakis loannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
  • 1996 Double Skin, Kiel Museum, Kiel, Germany
  • 1996 Città Sant Angelo Città Aperta - Painting and Sculpture with Tomboloni and Pizzicanella, Naples, Italy
  • 1995 La città del desiderio, Leonkart, Milan, Italy
  • 1995 Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea
  • 1995 Ephemera, House of Cyprus, Athens, Greece
  • 1994 Mitis, Goulandris Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 1992 Post Human, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Germany, Greece
  • 1991 Metropolis, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
  • 1990 Venice Biennale, Dice Works, Greek Pavillion with Yannis Bouteas, Venice, Italy
  • 1990 The Incoceivable, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 1989 Psychological Abstraction, Deste Fondation, Athens, Greece
  • 1989 House of Cyprus, Athens, Greece
  • 1988 Venice Biennale, Aperto, Venice, Italy
  • 1987 Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 1982 Biennale des Jeunes, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
  • 1982 Europalia '82, Hasseldt, Belgium


  • 2007 George Lappas, Galerie Xippas / Futura Publications, Athens
  • 2005 Maria Marangou, George Lappas, Catalogue for the exhibition at the Rethymnon Centre for Contemporary Art, Futura Publications, Athens
  • 2003 Michalis Paparounis, George Lappas. Maqams of Blood and Maqams of Milk, Retrospective Catalogue, Futura Publications, Athens
  • 2001 Marangou Maria & Panayidou Maria, Elbo, Workshop Editions
  • 1996 Tsevekidou Lela, George Lappas, Salonica-Cultural Capital of Europe
  • 1992 Daniylopoulos Olga, Red Works and Other Installations, Workshop Editions
  • 1990 Tessa Jackson, Dice Works by George Lappas, Tramway Editions, Glasgow
  • 1990 Stefanides Manos, George Lappas and Yannis Bouteas at the Greek Pavilion in the Venice Biennale, Greek Ministry of Culture
  • 1988 Kedros Alex, Mappemonde at the Aperto, Biennale of Venice, Editions Zoumboulakis Galleries
  • 1983 Schinas Athena, Abaccus, Editions Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens

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