Biography

Nikitas Flessas

Born at Thouria, Messenia (1936), Nikitas Flessas lives and works in Athens. He studied with Yorgos Manousakis. He has been a painter by profession since 1966, and held his first exhibition in 1969 in Irakleio, Crete. Since then he has presented his work in more than 27 solo exhibitions in the best-known galleries and has taken part in scores of group, as well as all the Panhellenic exhibitions. He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.
His works are to be found in:
The National Gallery, the collections of the Ministry of Culture, the collection of the National Bank, the collection of the Pisteos Bank, the Vorre Museum, the Telogleio Foundation of Art Thessaloniki, the Museum of the City of Athens, the Kouvoutsakis Art Institute, the Municipal Art Gallery of Kalamata ΗA. TassosΘ, the Art Gallery of Modern Greek Art (Public Library of Kalamata).
Others are to be found in the collections of:
Z. Portalakis, K. Tsetis, S. Ginis, C. Papadimitriou and M. Madias, as well as in other important collections in Greece and abroad.
His work
In the first years, using oils and temperas, his work belongs to the «schematic painting» reflecting influences by the «Athens’ School». Around 1976-77 he adopts egg as his main material. The artistic atmosphere of that era which inspired exploration leads him to a personal style and in the years that follow he pro-poses a «realism» with evident spirituality and «metaphysical» elements.
This evolution of his personal element gradually reveals that his interest does not focus on the external «depiction», but on the internal recording.
This choice becomes more obvious in 1991 with the presentation of the series «archetypal images». Thenceforth he runs through the basic characteristics and the composing elements of this unity, that he develops and alters, each time aiming at emphasizing on a different aspect, on reaching a different artistic result.
These paths are characterized by the «now obvious» subversion of the realism’s pretexts of realism. The designing deviations and the uncommon use of colour, dynamically form an artistic work in its whole, a work which continuously evolves and transforms.
In this evolution many unities are formed, which organize and project a work spirit mainly, while simultaneously echo his deeper view on Art, as a space of multiple reading of the world, as a means of free personal interpretation.