Vasilis Periklis Dimitriou was born on Feb. 18, 1936, in Pogoniani, a village in northern Greece, to Periklis and Konstantina (Douka) Dimitriou. His father was a resort and restaurant supervisor; his mom, a homemaker. He grew up penniless throughout World Struggle II in Kypseli, an Athens suburb.
His father, a fighter within the Greek resistance, was typically away from residence because the German Military superior. When Vasilis was 8, Nazi troops captured his father and took him away to be executed beside a mass grave. He miraculously survived and made his manner residence lined in blood, solely to vanish from the boy’s life once more as he rejoined the resistance. To bide time, Vasilis started drawing on sidewalks.
He stumbled into portray film posters after the warfare ended. He and his pals had been climbing a tree to observe movies at an out of doors theater when the projectionist caught him and took him to the supervisor. As an alternative of throwing him out, nevertheless, the supervisor supplied him work in alternate for watching films. When the supervisor found that Vasilis had a expertise for drawing, he invited him to attempt his hand at portray film billboards.
“My mom mentioned, ‘If you happen to turn into a painter, we’ll starve and die poor,” Mr. Dimitriou mentioned. However he grabbed the possibility.
He’s survived by his spouse, Angeliki Dimitriou; his daughter, Konstantina Dimitriou; and a grandson. Impressed by his work, Virginia Axioti, a member of the household that runs the Athinaion, will proceed to color billboards for the theater, Mr. Giannopoulos mentioned.
Mr. Dimitriou labored silently and methodically, climbing ladders and squatting on stools. To color his posters he constructed a low-slung stucco atelier in his yard with one wall made to the precise dimensions of the Athinaion’s billboards — an oblong floor 42 ft lengthy and eight ft excessive. Every bit, painted on thick brown paper, took three to 4 days to finish and was then pasted over the earlier one (although some have been preserved and saved for infrequent exhibitions).