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Vasilis Zenetzis

Vasilis Zenetzis

Vasilis Zenetzis was a modern Greek painter. Born in Alikarnassos, Heraklion, Crete in 1935.

He painted seascapes, landscapes by a style he invented and named quadrature and presented his work in solo exhibitions.

His paintings were sold in major exhibitions of the world as in Sotheby's, Christie's in London. As a member of "Greek Chamber of Fine Arts", in 2014 were being a recognized painter by the "Ministry of Culture" of Greece.

Zenetzis, began his artistic education at the age of fifteen at the Colourist School of Crete and by the age of seventeen he had his first solo exhibition at the Theotokopoulos Exhibition Rooms in Heraklion, Crete. His talent, was recognised at an early age, which helped his professional career in art once he arrived and settled in Athens after 1974.

Zenetzis, became a respected and appreciated Athenian artist in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Such was his popularity that he could not cope with the enormous demand. However, such success brought with it problems of integrity in his art and his production and by 1985 he was neglected and shied away by investors and collectors. By early 1990 Zenetzis re-appeared as an impressionist/divisionist artist with an international appeal, with many exhibitions to his CV in London, Athens, USA plus many auction sales at the top auctions.

At the age of 76, he has a great body of work behind him but gradually stopped painting. The work of 1975-2005 is serious and the best pieces in his oeuvre were created between the years 1990 – 2005.

Vasilis Zenetzis can no longer paint because of an incurable disease that paralyzes the limbs.

Exhibition History:

1952 – Herakleion Crete, Domnicos Theotokopoulos Rooms, One Man show
1975 – Zappeion, Athens, Group Exhibition
1977 – Parnasos, Athens, One Man Show
1980 – Dominikos Theotokopoulos Rooms, Heracleion Crete, One Man show
1981 – Patission 41, Athens, One Man Show
1981 -85 – Various Group Exhibitions at Hilton and Caravel Hotels
1989 – London, One Man Show mounted by Peter Constant
1992 – London, Ebury Galleries, Greek and European Paintings ( 21 canvases of Zenetzis)
1994 – London, Ebury Galleries, Zenetzis and Charman mounted by Peter Constant
1996 – London, Group Exhibition mouted by Peter Constant
1998 – London, Group exhibition mounted by Peter Constant
1999- London, Ebury Galleries and Cypriot Brotherhood Centre, One Man Show
2000- London, Hellenic Centre, Zenetzis – Kalogeropoulos, Two Man show
2004 – Athens Olympics, Filippouli Gallery Kolonaki, Athens, One Man Show ( 1- 50 numbered paintings) Part I, July – August 2004
2004 – London, Athens Olympics, Cypriot Brotherhood Centre, One Man Show ( 50- 80 numbered paintings) Part I, June – July 2004
2004 – London, Cypriot Brotherhood Centre, Zenetzis, Papanelopoulos, Andreadis, Angelos ( October – November 2004)