Born in Kalamata in 1955, he was an Athens School of Fine Arts student (1975-1980) of Yannis Moralis; later he pursued his studies (1980-1982) at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Having started with his first solo exhibition in 1984 in Athens, he had twenty solo shows and partook in numerous group ones both in Greece and abroad. His works are on display in museums and private collections. He lives and works in Athens.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2012 Thanassis Makris - A Retrospective, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Museum
  • 2011 Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens
  • 2008 Moschandreou Gallery, Messolongi
  • 2008 Epsilon Gallery, Thessaloniki
  • 2007 Tzamia-Krystalla Gallery, Chania
  • 2006 Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens
  • 2003 Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens
  • 2001 Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens
  • 2000 Chryssa Gallery, Katerini
  • 2000 Chrysothemis Gallery, Athens
  • 1998 Athens Art Gallery, Athens
  • 1997 Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens
  • 1994 Athens Art Gallery, Athens
  • 1993 Miranda Art Space, Hydra
  • 1991 Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens
  • 1991 DEPAK, Kalamata
  • 1990 Titanium Gallery, Athens
  • 1986 Ora Gallery, Athens
  • 1984 Ora Gallery, 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
  • 2012 Ellenico Plurale - Dipinti dalla Collezione Sotiris Felios, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy (curated by Giuliano Serafini)
  • 2010TracingIstanbul, Sismanoglio Megaro, Istanbul & “Technopolis”, Athens, Greece
  • 2010Deconstructing the canvas, inventing the image: works from the Antonis and Azia Hatzioannou collection, Toumpa Cultural Centre, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2010 Erysichthon: contemporary reading of the myth, “Kanellopoulos” Cultural Centre, Elefsina, Greece (curated by Louisa Karapidaki)
  • 2010 AboutHeroesand…, Kalamata Municipal Art Gallery “Α. Tassos”, Kalamata, Greece
  • 2007 Birth Place, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2010 Naked Truth, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 Painting, The Hydra Museum Historical Archives, Hydra, Greece
  • 2008 Vianou Art Gallery, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  • 2008 Messolongi today through art, Moschandreou Art Gallery, Messolongi, Greece
  • 2007 Aspects of form – Markings of landscape, Antonis and Azia Hatzioannou collection, Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, Crete, Greece
  • 2007 SketchingDionysiosSolomos, Moschandreou, Messolongi, Greece & Venice, Italy
  • 2007 Artistic innovation, semiotics of its terms in the new era, State Museum of Contemporary art, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2006 The colours of the rainbow, A.P.A.C.A. (Association for the Psychosocial Health of Children & Adolescents), Eleftherias Park Arts Centre, Athens, Greece
  • 2006 Once upon a time there was Penelope Delta, Athens College, Athens, Greece
  • 2005 Visiting Chalepas, House of Exhibitions, Falatados, Tinos, Greece
  • 2004 Book of Prayers, Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2002 Greek Painters: The Collection of Christos Christofis, Triantafyllis House, Athens, Greece
  • 2000 Personal Relations, Ekfrasi-Yianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 1999 Modern Greek Painting, Giorgos Kitas Collection, Yeni Tzami,Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1997 Focuses of the Gaze, Contemporary Art Center, Larissa, Greece (curated by Athena Schina)
  • 1996 Masters and Students. A Proposal for Reading, Astrolavos Gallery, Athens, Metamorphosis Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece (curated by Manos Stefanidis)
  • 1994 The child in modern greek art, National Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 1993 New acquisitions, National Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 1992 Frissiras Collection, Pierides Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 1991 Frissiras Collection, Museum of Zakynthos, Zakynthos, Greece
  • 1990 Reference to Bouzianis, Municipal Art Gallery, Municipality of Athens, Greece
  • 1989 6+6, Tribute to the French Revolution 1789-1990, Athens, Nim, Paris, France
  • 1989 A face like a mask, Municipal Art Gallery, Patras, Greece
  • 1989 Painting for a table, Municipal Art Gallery, Municipality of Athens, Greece
  • 1988 Portraits, Municipality of Athens Cultural Centre, Parko Eleftherias,Athens, Greece
  • 1987 New acquisitions, National Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 1985 Former Ice Factory FIX, Athens, Greece

Thanassis Makris

What makes an immediate impression in these paintings by Makris is the colour, in varying hues and shades, applied thickly like clay to the canvas. The onlooker has the sense that this is some pulsating, ‘living’ material which sometimes stands out because of the layout and structure of the specific painting, but in other cases becomes a rich, restless colour as the journey of creative foment continues.

The Messolongi this artist paints is a Messolongi of small, isolated structures, be they houses or huts, in a horizontal landscape dominated by earthy and watery hues; the paintings appear to have been composed around some central axis with a upper and lower part, suggesting that in the middle lies the water and the reflection commences from there.

These are dynamic paintings, filled with passionate colour and a romantic artistic spirit, which seek to unite the artistic form with the emotional force underlying them, using thickly-applied paint as the medium for this; paint which is well worked on the pallet as an explosive mix of multiple colours, which with every brushstroke reveals its inner composition.

Makris has been acclaimed for many years now for his works, and now utilises the inspiration from the unique landscape of Messolongi to tailor his own unique style to the inspiration drawn from this landscape.

These are the works of a mature artist; works deeply personal to the artist. They are also on a par with are major painters from the start of the 20th century, such as N. Lytras and M. Ikonomou, in whose footsteps he is a worthy follower.

Haris Kambouridis