Demetrius Biskinis (1891-1947)

Biskinis came from a family of hagiographers. He settled in Athens in 1900, along with his mother and older brother, where he enrolled next year at the Polytechnic Department of Painting, with Volanakis, Roilos, Iakovidis and Geraniotis as teachers. In 1914 he obtained a scholarship for higher studies in Paris through the Averoff Competition, but moved only after the end of the WW I in 1919, attending the Julian and Grande Chaumiere Academies, while exhibiting at the Salon des artistes francais. He returned to Athens in 1923 when he was appointed as a professor at the School of Fine Arts in 1928.

During his stay in Paris, Biskinis comes into contact with the occult beliefs that dominated the artistic circles. D. Biskinis, fled to dreams, to the world of the subconscious, to illuminate and consecrate the inevitable reality of death.

Among his students are Diamantis Diamantopoulos, Nikos Engonopoulos, Assadour Baharian, Paris Prekas and Panagiotis Tetsis.

He was a friend with the poet Kostis Palamas and he illuminated many of his works.

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