Greek Diaspora Artist Constantin Xenakis Passes Away at 89



Photo: Constantin Xenakis Archive

Renowned Greek artist Constantin Xenakis passed away in Paris, France on Saturday at the age of 89, leaving behind a great body of work.

Xenakis was born in Cairo, Egypt, on December 28, 1931. Since 1955 he lived and worked mainly in Paris. His work included many symbols such as traffic signs, chemical symbols, Egyptian hieroglyphics, letters from the Greek, Phoenician and Arabic alphabets, script in the Hebrew alphabet, zodiac signs, Mathematical symbols, and others.

In 1976–77 he collaborated with composer Jean-Yves Bosseur on the work Ornigrammes. He was honored by the French State by being made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1986 and received several awards.

In 1996 he was awarded the Prix Delmas by the Institut de France, at the recommendation of the French Academy of Fine Arts. The Constantin Xenakis Room in the Fameck community center was opened in 1991. In 1998 he was given an “Award of Appreciation” at the 24th Olympiad by the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Korea.

In the past two decades he was visiting Greece quite often. His work is exhibited in the National Gallery of Greece in Athens and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki.