Tassos Kouris


Tassos Kouris was born in Corfu, the Greek island in the Ionian Sea, on 23 November 1946. He was sketching with dexterity since a very young age. During his school days he attended drawing lessons in the School for Arts of Corfu, a rather grandiose title that covered the personal efforts of some of the good painters of Corfu of that time. Later he went to the Medical School of Athens to become a medical doctor and 6 years later also the specialty of Ophthalmology.

During all this time, in parallel with his medical studies, he worked on his drawings enchanted at the end by oil painting and surrealism. At the time he painted large canvases, full of his own vision of fantastic realism.

He had his first exhibition, a solo show in 1981 at the premier gallery of that time: ZYGOS of Athens, under the patronship of the late Frantzis Franzeskakis, director of the gallery and a person with vast knowledge in art history. This exhibition was very successful and was followed by many solo and group exhibitions, mainly in Zygos Gallery, in Athens, Corfu, Chicago, Washington D.C. etc.

His works are in The Vorres Museum of Modern Greek Arts and numerous private collections in Greece, USA and other countries. He gives his paintings titles that do not "explain" the painting and he do not "explain" what he "means" by each one, giving the right to the viewer to form his own explanations and also to change them as they like.

Meanwhile, he also became the director of the State Ophthalmology Clinic of the General Hospital of Athens "G. Gennimatas", and now of the Ophthalmology deptartment of "Iatriko Kentro Athinon". He is former president of the Greek Ophthalmological Society and the Greek Vitreoretinal Society, serving vision by, not only his Art, trying to restore this most important ability in his patients. But, while medicine is still his wife, painting is his eternal mistress...
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