Panagiotis Gravalos (1933-2015)
Panagiotis Gravalos studied painting at the School of Fine Arts at the great painters, Spyros Papaloukas and Giannis Moralis.
Professor of Engraving Giannis Kefallinos saw his excellence in engraving, advised him to follow the Engraving Art. His collaboration, however, with the great engraver A. Tassos, turned him towards the Graphic Arts and the applied arts.
Considering the social and educational role of the art and the artist, Panagiotis Gravvalos taught Engraving at the Athenian Technological Institute of the Doxiades School from 1961 until 1967. He was a founding member of the Center for Visual Arts.
From 1966 to 1993 he was a permanent collaborator of the Greek Post and designed many series of postage stamps, most of them honored with international awards.
In 1971 in the world contest in Warsaw, a poster of sport content was awarded with the 1st prize and has been exhibited since at the Museum of Graphic Arts in Poland.
From 1986 to 2000 he was an artistic partner of the Ionian Bank.
Designed many of the lapel pins for the Athens Olympics, he also designed the 24 official Collectors’ Coins issued by the Bank of Greece’s Mint, including 8 Gold and 16 Silver, while he also had the art director for the design of the Olympic and Paralympic Medals of the Games.