Botsoglou Chronis (1941 - 2022)

He was born in 1941 in Thessaloniki. His first tutor was Sarafianos, who prepared him for his studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts, on a greek state scholarship (I.K.Y.) in Y. Moralis’ studio (1960-65). He was still a student when his first solo exhibition was held in Athens (Center for Technological Applications - K.T.E. show room, 1964), with works apparently influenced by Bouzianis. He continued his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, on scholarship (1969-1972). During this time his painting became more realistic and was associated with his political commitment. In a similar vein, he participated in the creation of the art group Young Greek Realists and its exhibitions (1971-1973), (along with Kl. Digka, K. Katzourakis, Y. Psychopaidis and Y. Valavanidis), which was presenting works of critical content during the period of dictatorship in Greece.
His participation in group activities had begun before the dictatorship, when he was member of the Art Group A and collaborated with the journal ‘Art Review’. He also worked with the Free Theatre (1973) and the Centre for Visual Arts (KET, 1974-1976) and later became a member of the Group on Communication and Education in Art and the Printmaking Centre.
His realistic period, beyond its obvious ideological background, was also a period of research in the field of the design and colour formation of the human form in painting space. His interest will be focused on this area the following years. By the end of the 1970's, as his political activity weakened, his artistic pursuits expanded. The representation of space in a dynamic interdependence with human presence highlights the experiential dimension of his painting and allows the forms’ emotive considerations to come to light and the autobiographical elements to gradually dominate the work.
His work is presented in consecutive thematic units, characterized by existential references, the exhaustive processing of form and the physicality of the painting material (which often coexists with his sculptures).
In 1989 he was elected professor at ASFA, where he also served as Chancellor (2001-2005) and taught until 2008.
He presented more than twenty solo exhibitions and participated in many group ones in Greece and abroad. He participated in the Sao Paulo Biennale (1969) and the Heidelberg Printmaking Biennale (1988). His retrospective exhibitions were presented at the Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes (1986), the Vafopouleio Centre in Thessaloniki (1991), the Cyclades Art Gallery in Ermoupoli, Syros (2008) and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (2010).
He illustrated collections of poetry and collaborated with writers and theorists, publishing his texts regularly. He has published three books and an album of works created on computer (2007). A monograph on his work was published in 2009.