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Angelos Panagiotidis (1950)

Angelos Panagiotidis was born in Amphilochia in 1950.
He held his first exhibition at his studio in 1990 after twenty years of experimenting with all the different metals used in sculpture. He had also dedicated much study to the natural world, particularly the structure and forms of trees, throughout all various stages of their  lives and the various  changes they undergo at different times and in different seasons. His research was conducted with the accuracy of a natural scientist, the passion of the cultivator and the style and taste of the poet. His profound knowledge of his materials, acquired over these many years of study, led him to create  tree sculptures which hardly  seem made by human hand. Now, after a series of exhibitions commencing in 1995, they are not only instantly recognizable but have come to be seen as classic representations of the tree in sculpture.

The culmination of his creative career was the exhibition staged at the Titanium Yiayiannos Gallery as well as his participation at the same period  in important exhibitions organized as a part of Olympiad: The World of the Olive exhibition at the  Theofilos Museum in Vareia, Mytilene and at the Basilica St. Mark in Heraklion, Crete; the exhibition at  the Olive Museum in Sparta; the “In Praise of the Olive” (Elaias Egkomion) exhibition at the Athens Academy and the event staged at the Plateia Nerou Esplanada (Delta Falirou) as part of the Coca Cola sponsorship of the Athens 2004 Olympics.

With his artworks have been honored the Olympic Champions: Pyrros Dimas and Nikos Kaklamanakis, as well as the former chairman of parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis & Anna Psarouda-Benaki and the Greek National Polo Women Team. In May 2005 during the visit of Greek prime minister Karamanlis to the U.S. was given a bronze  olive tree  as a gift to President Bush.

During the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 with gold olive wreaths awarded all three of the first Olympic Champions of the  Marathon (the Italian, Stefano Baldini, the American, Keflezighi Mebrahtom and the Brazilian Lima Vanderlei). With the same wreath has been honored and the Slovak Matanin Marcel, whose  entering to the Panathenaiko  Stadium became a symbol of the end of the Games in Athens and an exponent of “fair play” (30/09/2004). Additionally, the Municipality of Amfilochia has honored with  gold wreath the bronze Medal  Champion  in the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters, Paraskevi Katza. With olive branches honored the runner citizens of the City (10/16/2004). During the Olympic Games, the former Greek prime Minister Karamanlis offered to the President of Olympic Committee, Mr. Jacques Rogge, a bronze olive tree,  as well as in many other Presidents of countries.

Angelos Panagiotidis is the creator of the "olive tree of Athens"  which is made by  bronze and copper, height 3.30 meters, consisting of 5,000 brass leaves which has been exposed throughout the duration of the Olympic Games in Athens in the Park Donor (Water Plaza) at the Palaio Faliro, where 5,000 guests put their signature on each of the 5,000 leaves of the tree. The art work permanently exhibited at Technopolis in Gazi. This was sponsored by the Coca Cola Hellas in the Municipality of Athens as a memorial tribute to the Olympic Games. Finally all the Paralympians were honored with a small copy of the "Olive Tree, the tree of Athens.

Works by the artist can be seen in the National Bank of Greece, the Bank of Piraeus, the Alpha Bank, the Center of Arts and Letters  “Diexodos” in Messolongi, the Olive Museum in Sparta, the Olive Museum in Mytiline, the Olive factory  in Dromonero, Chania, the  Christos and Sophia Moschandreou Gallery  in Messolonghi and in the headquarters of Coca Cola in Athens and in Atlanta. Also copies of artworks of the "Olive Tree, the tree of Athens" offered by the Sponsor of the Olympic Games, Coca Cola to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne and the Olympic Committee in Beijing.

His works are still in the Security Council of the United Nations and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
The Goulandris Museum (Cycladic Art) permanently display and sell original works from the artist. Additionally, artist's works could be found in private collections in Greece and abroad. In 2003-2004 the artist has cooperated with the  Greek Post Office and his works  included in the collection of art objects.

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