Baharian Assadour (1924 - 1990)

He was born in 1924 in Athens. During WW2 and german occupation, he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Umberto Argyros and Dimitrios Biskinis, participating at the same time in the National Liberation Front. In 1945 he was arrested for his political activism and was held in various prisons as a political prisoner until 1960. The works he painted in prison were exhibited in his first solo exhibition in Athens (Zygos gallery, 1961). They were prisoners' everyday scenes in soft tones and rather dim colours.
After his release, he taught graphic design applications at Vakalo School of Art and Design (1961-1967) and in 1969, in the middle of the military junta, he founded the Cultural Center Ora, which engaged in significant cultural action over the next twenty years, maintaining its progressive direction, with hundreds of visual art exhibitions, publications, seminars and other events, spanning a wide range of art-related activities.
After his early dim colour period he turned to water-colour painting. Since 1968, water-colour landscapes occupied the largest part of his work, distinguished for their perfection and colour sensitivity. However, in 1974, shortly after the junta’s fall, he presented a sensational exhibition, dedicating it to the 'unknown political prisoner', which made quite an impression. It included oil painting of the last years, where subjects of his prison works were revived through a new perspective and a different colour processing as symbolic references to the recent historical context.
His last exhibition (1988) included evocative landscapes in oil, and was perhaps indicative of a new period in his painting, which he did not have time to complete.
In 1983 he and Dimitra Tsouchlou established the Apopsi Centre for Arts and Letters, in which he was co-director until 1989.
In his lifetime he presented 38 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group ones. In 1987 he was invited by the European Watercolour Institute in Brussels to represent Greece in an exhibition of European Union artists.
He died in 1990 in Athens. A retrospective exhibition of his work was organized by the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET) in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras (2003-2004).