Biography

Michalis Katzourakis was born in Alexandria in 1933. In 1938 his family moves to Athens. In 1951 Katzourakis graduates from the Athens College and goes to Paris to study painting under André Lhote and drawing and poster design under Paul Colin. He returns to Athens in 1955 and begins to work as a freelance graphic designer. Between 1960 and 1967 he acts as art advisor to the National Tourist Organization (EOT). From 1962 to 1974 he runs the K&K Athens Advertising Centre together with F.Carabott. 

In 1965 he is awarded the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix for his 
outstanding contribution to Greek design, and in 1968 he becomes member 
of ΑGI Alliance Graphique Internationale). His graphic design has received seven Rizzoli awards for the best Greek advertisement, an honorary distinction by the Art Director’s Club of New York, the 3rd award in the Brno Biennale and a first and second award in the international Tourist Poster Competition of Livorno. In 1973 he and his wife Agni Katzourakis, also a graphic designer, established AM Katzourakis, an agency specialized in interior design. His work in graphic design was presented in 2008–09 in the exhibition Design Routes (Benaki Museum / Pireos St. Annex, Athens and Cultural Foundation of the National Bank, Patras Cultural Centre (2008); Macedonian Museum for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, 2009).

Solo Exhibtions

• 2019  «Urbanscapes», Kappatos gallery, Athens.

• 2017  «Windows: Κeramikos», Kappatos gallery, Athens.

• 2016  «Variations», Artis Causa gallery, Thessaloniki.

• 2016  «Variations», Mykonos Municipal gallery, Mykonos.

• 2016  «Windows 1995-2016», School of Fine Arts, Mykonos annex.

2015  «New works and works 1961-1965», Psychico Municipal gallery (Lefa).

2015  «Νew works and unknown works 1961-1965», Kappatos gallery, Athens.

2015  «Variations 1954-2014», Benaki Museum, Athens.

2013  «Windows 1974-2013», Kappatos gallery, Athens.

• 2012  «Works in two and three dimensions», Citronne gallery, Poros.

• 2012  «Site-Specific Works», The Cultural Centre of MIET, Thessaloniki.

• 2011  «Ninh Binh Variations», Institute for Contemporary Greek Art, Athens.

• 2009  «Windows», Cultural Foundation of the National Bank, Thessaloniki.

• 2009  «∆ιαδρομές Design Routes», Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.

• 2008  «∆ιαδρομές Design Routes», Benaki Museum, Athens.

• 2008  «Works 2002-2008», Kappatos gallery, Athens.

• 2008  «Oeuvres Recentes», Denise René gallery, Paris.

• 2006  «Works 2000-2006», Denise René gallery, espace Marais, Paris.

• 2002  «Painting-Sculpture 1965-2001», Athens School of Fine Arts.

• 2001  «Painting-Sculpture 1965-2001», Macedonian Museum of
             Contemporary Art.

• 2000  «Painting-Sculpture», Cultural Centre, Municipality of Psychico.

• 1999  «Weimar Cultural Capital of Europe 1999», Johannisplatz, Leipzig.

• 1999   Galerie Denise René, espace Marais, Paris.

• 1998  «Recent Works and Sculpture Installation at Wittenbergplatz», 
               Foundation for Hellenic Culture, Wittennbergplatz, Berlin.

• 1998   Kappatos gallery, Athens.
• 1997  «Venice Biennale», Riva dei Giardini Pubblici, Venice.
• 1997  
«Painting-Sculpture», Artforum gallery, Thessaloniki.

• 1996  «Neue Arbeiten», Galerie 3 – Galerie Gabriel, Vienna.

• 1996  «Nature Mortes», Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens.

• 1994   Mylos gallery, Thessaloniki.

• 1991   Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens.

• 1984  «Fragments», Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens.

• 1981   Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens.

• 1979   Denise René gallery, Paris.

• 1977   Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens.

• 1975  «Murals on MV Golden Odyssey», Peiraius.

• 1975   Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens.

• 1970  «Groups 1970», Athens Art gallery - Hilton, Athens.

• 1969   Goethe Institute, Athens.

• 1967   Athens Art gallery - Hilton, Athens.

• 1962  «Posters», ESKA Hall.

• 1955   Payne Gallery, Athens.

Group Exhibitions

• 2017  «Transformations of matter», Averoff gallery, Metsovo.

• 2017  «HL2805xy57», Kappatos gallery, Athens.

• 2017  «Art in the Archive», Peiraios Bank Group Cultural Foundation, Athens.

• 2017  «Art archives», Museum Kresow Lubaczow, Poland.

• 2016  «Stuff +», Hellenic-American Union, Athens.

• 2015  «5», Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, Athens.

• 2015  «F.Ε.Κ+Art», State printing, Athens.

• 2015  «Visual Signals - 10 summer», Citronne gallery, Poros.

• 2015  «Art Athina», Athens.

• 2015  «Δe-sign Δράσεις Αντι-Δράσεις», Benaki Museum, Peiraios annex.

• 2015  «Preadexhibition», Fotolio & Typicon.

• 2013  «ANTI-DESIGN 2014», «Technopolis» Municipality of Athens.

• 2013  «ReMap Athens», Kunsthalle «In the Studio», Athens.

• 2013  «Matter as a narrative», Contemporary Art Meeting Point, Αthens.

• 2013  «BOEMIANS», THE BREEDER gallery, Athens.

• 2013  «Τhe sheep», Hellenic Cosmos, Athens.

• 2011  «MONODROME, 3rd Athens Biennale.

• 2011  «Greek Jews’ Holocaust Monument», Jewish Museum of Greece.

• 2010  «Archetypes», Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens.

• 2010  «FIAC», (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 2010  «Art Basel», (Denise René gallery), Βasel.

• 2010  «Cabinets of Miracles», Zoumboulakis gallery, Athens.

• 2010  «Black and Light», Galerie Sommer & Kohl, Berlin.

• 2010  «New Acquisitions of the National Gallery 1992-2010», Old Castle, Sifnos.

• 2009  «FIAC», (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 2009  «Art Basel», (Denise René gallery), Basel.

• 2008  «Contemporary Greek painting: Kangelaris Collection», Psihiko Municipal

              Gallery.

• 2008  «FIAC», (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 2008  «Art Basel», (Denise René gallery), Basel.

• 2008  «The shape of the landscape: 40 years of architectural themes»,

              Benaki Museum / Pireos Annex

• 2008  «From Ancient Olympia to Beijing», Greek House, Beijing.

• 2007  «FIAC», (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 2007  «Art Basel», (Denise René gallery), Basel.

• 2006  «The Scarecrow,  Averoff Gallery, Metsovo – St. Nicholas Monastery

              Vineyards.

• 2006  «FIAC», (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 2006  «Art Basel», (Denise René gallery), Basel.

• 2006  «Poseidonia 2006, New and Contemporary Works from the Alpha Bank

              Collection, Goulandris Museum of Natural History

• 2005  «FIAC», (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 2005  «Art Basel», (Denise René gallery), Basel.

• 2005  «The years of defiance: The Art of the 70s in Greece», National Museum

             of Contemporary Art, Athens.

• 2004  «Sur la ligne», Denise René gallery, Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-

               Cambresis, France.

• 2004  «FIAC», (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 2004  «Art Basel», (Denise René gallery), Basel.

• 2004  «Αthens by ART», Municipality of Athens.

• 2004  «10 years, 10 graphic designers, 10 posters, Macedonian Museum

             of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki.

• 2003  «FIAC», (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 2003  «Art Basel», (Denise René gallery), Basel.

• 2003 «Art in Motion», Biennale Bos van Ypeij, Tytsjerk, Netherlands.

• 2003 «En équilibre et en mouvement», Atomium, Brussels.

• 2002 «FIAC», (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 2002 «Art 34 Basel», (Denise René gallery), Basel.

• 2001 «Lumiere et Mouvement dans l’Art abstrait du XXe siecle», Galerie

             Hyundai, Seoul, Korea.

• 2001 «El Arte Abstracto y la Galerie Denise René», Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

• 2001 «Oeuvres sur papier, Cinquante Annees de creation», Denise René gallery,

             Paris.

• 2001 «Art Athina 9», (Kappatos gallery & Denise René gallery), Athens.

• 2001 «Formes et Mouvements d’Art au XXe Siecle – Hommage à Denise René»,

             Tsukuba Museum of Art – Ibaraki, Japan / Marugame Genichiro

             Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan / Urawa Art Museum,

             Japan / Himeji City Museum of Art , Japan.

• 2000 «Le mouvement et la lumiere», Carte Blanche à Denise René»,

            Cambrai Museum, France.

• 2000 «Art Athina 8», Athens.

• 1999 «North and South Transcultural Visions», Warsaw National Museum, Poland.

• 1999 «ART BASEL», Denise René gallery.

• 1999 «ART ATHINA 7», Athens.

• 1998 «ART ATHINA 6», Athens.

• 1997 «EUROTECH», Thessaloniki.

• 1997 «ART ATHINA 5», Athens.

• 1997 «Zongolopoulos-Katzourakis-Michaeledes» Kanakakis gallery, Crete.

• 1996 «Museum of Cycladic Art», Athens.

• 1996 «ΑRT ATHINA 4», Athens.

• 1996 «Cinquante Ans d’Art Construit - Hommage à Denise René», Strasbourg.

• 1996 «Ζογγολόπουλος-Κατζουράκης», Aria gallery, Kefalonia.

• 1996 «FIAC» (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 1996 «Creative Meetings ‘96», Selini gallery, Kifissia.

• 1995 «FIAC» (Denise René gallery), Paris.

• 1995 «ART 26 BASEL», (Denise René gallery), Basel.

• 1995 «Creative Meetings ‘95», Averoff gallery, Metsovo.

• 1994 «Centre Mondial de la Paix», Verdun, France.

• 1994 «Νew Aquisitions», Averoff gallery, Metsovo.

• 1994 «Mylos gallery - 3 years», Thessaloniki.

• 1994 «FIAC», Galerie Denise René, Paris.

• 1994 «Poster Biennale», Warsaw.

• 1993 «Οbservatoire International des Prisons», Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

• 1993 «Observatoire International des Prisons», Bibliothéque de la Part-Dieu,

             Lyon, France.

• 1993 «Οbservatoire International des Prisons», Echirolles, France.

• 1992 «Art Construit-Tendances Actuelles», Galerie Denise René, Paris.

• 1992 «Μadrid, ΑRCO 92», Zoumboulakis galleries, Spain.

• 1991 «FIAC», Galerie Denise René, Paris.

• 1990 «Alliance Graphique Internationale - Blois», France.

• 1989 «1ere Biennale Internationale d`Art de la Colonne Morris», Munich.

• 1989 «Null - Dimension», Fulda, Germany.

• 1988 «Greek Painting 1968-1988», Brussels.

• 1987 «Versions of Space», Art Centre - Parko Eleftherias, Athens.

• 1985 «Memories - Reconstructions - Revivals», National Gallery, Athens.

• 1983 «Colorado International Poster Exhibition», Colorado.

• 1982 «Biennale Brno», Czechoslovakia.

• 1981 «Contemporary Art Union», National Research Foundation, Athens.

• 1978 ««Images of Greek Art», Athens.

• 1978 «Thirteen Greek Artists» Konstakademien, Stockholm.

• 1976 «Poster Biennale», Warsaw.

• 1976 «Biennale Brno», Czechoslovakia.

• 1976 «Processes - Systems», Athens Art Gallery.

• 1974 «107 Grafici del AGI», Castello Sforzesco, Μilan.

• 1973 «Salon des Realités Nouvelles», Paris.

• 1973 «Graphic Design for the community», Stedelijk Museum, Αmsterdam.

• 1972 «Experimental Exhibition of Graphic Arts», Venice Βiennale.

• 1972 «Salon des Realités Nouvelles», Paris.

• 1972 «Sculpture in Architecture», Paris.

• 1972 «Biennale Brno», Czechoslovakia.

• 1972 «Salon de la Jeune Sculpture», Paris.

• 1971 «XI Bienal Sao Paulo», Βrazil.

• 1970 «Biennale Brno», Czechoslovakia.

• 1970 «Salon de la Jeune Sculpture», Paris.

• 1969 «Salon de la Jeune Sculpture», Paris.

• 1969 «Sculpture», Chateau du Tremblay, Paris.

• 1968 «Poster Βiennale», Warsaw

• 1964 «Art Directors Club of New York», New York.

• 1959 «Β΄Salon New Artists», Zygos gallery, Athens.

His paintings are exhibited for the first time at the Payne Gallery in 1955
and then at the Athens Art Gallery in 1967. In 1969 he presents two- and three-dimensional minimalist works at the Goethe Institute in Athens. Between 1970 and 1977 he creates works made of polystyrene sheets, designed for industrial production on the basis of detailed plans and intended mostly for installation in specific sites. In 1976 he joins the “Processes Systems” art group, and in 1977 he starts to explore the multiple possibilities of mixed materials in two-
and three-dimensional works. An exhibition of paintings, constructions, 
and sculptures made from 1965 to 2001 was hosted at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in 2001 and the Athens School of Fine Arts
in 2002.

His works can be found at the National Gallery of Athens, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jewish Museum of Greece, the Musée Matisse in Cateau-Cambrésis, France, and in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.

Catalogues (selection)

• Michalis Katzourakis "Variations 1954-2014", Benaki Museum Peiraios str. annex,

  Athens 2015

• Michalis Katzourakis "Site Specific Works" National Bank of Greece Cultural Center,

  Athens 2012.

• New Acquisitions of the National Gallery 1992 – 2010. Part II: Abstraction –

  New Trends, Athens 2010

• Michalis Katzourakis, Windows, MIET Bookstore, Thessaloniki 2009

• Art Routes on the Athens Metro, Attiko Metro S.A., Athens 2009

• 1979- 2009, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art - 30 Years,

  Thessaloniki 2009

• Design Routes - Freddie Carabott, Michalis & Agni Katzourakis, Athens 2008

• Michalis Katzourakis, Artworks 2002-2008, Kappatos Gallery, Athens 2008

• Michalis Katzourakis 2000-2006, Galerie Denise René, Paris 2006

• Ποσειδώνια 2006, Νέα και Σύγχρονα Έργα από τη Συλλογή της Alpha Bank,

  Goulandris Museum of Natural History, 2006

• 10 years, 10 graphic designers, 10 posters, Design Museum/Thessaloniki Design

  Museum 1993-2003, Thessaloniki 2004

• ATHENS by ART, Cultural Organisation of the City of Athens – AICA Hellas, 2004

• Art in Motion, Bos van Ypeij, Tytsjerk, Netherlands 2003

• Michalis Katzourakis Painting-Sculpture, «The Factory», Athens School of Fine

  Arts, Athens, 2002

• Lumiére et Mouvement dans l’ Art abstrait du XXiéme siècle, 27.6 - 15.8 Hyundai

  Gallery, Seoul Korea 2001

• Michalis Katzourakis Painting-Sculpture, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary

  Art, Thessaloniki, 2001

• S. Fauchereau, L’ art abstrait et la Galerie Denise René, Centro Atlantico de Arte

  Moderno - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria et Editions Cercle d’Art - Paris 2001

• Formes et Mouvements d’ Art au XXe siècle, The Japan Association of Art

  Museum, Japan 2000

• North South Transcultural Visions, National Museum in Warsaw and

  Mediterranean Foundation, Warsaw 1999

• Michalis Katzourakis, Recent Works + Sculpture Installation at Wittenbergplatz,

  Hellenic Cultural Foundation, Berlin 1998

• Michalis Katzourakis, Cochin Variations, Artforum Gallery, Thessaloniki 1997

• Γιώργος Ζογγολόπουλος, Μιχάλης Κατζουράκης, Μιχάλης Μιχαηλίδης,

  Centre for Contemporary Artistic Creation, Rethymnon 1997

• Έκθεση Γλυπτικής. Γιώργος Ζογγολόπουλος/ Μιχάλης Κατζουράκης,

  Artforum Vilka Gallery & Eurotech, Thessaloniki 1997

• Michalis Katzourakis, Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens 1994

• Michalis Katzourakis, Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens 1991

• Memories, Reconstructions, Revivals, National Gallery, Athens 1985

• M. Katzourakis, Galerie Denise René Paris-Beaubourg, Paris 1979

• 13 Greek Artists, Utgiven av Akademien for de frie Konsterna, Kongl,

  Stockholm 1978

• Εικόνες Ελληνικής Τέχνης, Athens 1978

• Michalis Katzourakis, Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens 1977

• Processes/Systems, Athens Art Gallery, Athens 1976

Articles (selection)

• «Μιχάλης Κατζουράκης Windows ’06. Πρώτη Παρουσίαση», Ta Nea tis

  Technis, nο 197, May 2011

• T. Koutsouris, «Μιχάλης Κατζουράκης. Έργα 2002-2008», Themata

  Horou+Technon, no. 41, 2010140 

• D. Arvanitis, «Διαδρομές/Design Routes. Φ. Κάραμποττ, Μιχάλης και Αγνή

  Κατζουράκη», Themata Horou+Technon, no. 40, 2009

• Chr. Marinos, «Μ. Κατζουράκης Γεωμετρικές αναζητήσεις», Athinorama,

  no. 445, 20-27 November 2008

• Μιχάλης Κατζουράκης – Φρέντι Κάραμποττ, Οι θρύλοι του ελληνικού

  graphic design. Interview: Olga Tsantila, Επιλογές [εφημ. Macedonia],

  no. 8/685, 27 Sept. 2009

• Y. Konstantinidis, «Μιχάλης Κατζουράκης. Ο Έλληνας δημιουργός του

  graphic design», ΒήμαDeco, no. 04, February 2008

• Κ. Konstantinidi, «»Κ+Κ»Πρωτοπόροι του ελληνικού Design», Hestia,

  28 January 2008

• Y. Karouzakis, «Οι διαφημιστές που έκαναν το design τέχνη», Eleftherotypia,
  29 January 2008

• Κ. Δαφέρμου, «Φρέσκες γραφιστικές δημιουργίες, ετών 45», Το Βήμα,
  29 January 2008

• F. Dafermou, «Δικά μου ηλιοβασιλέματα τα αστικά τοπία», Eleftherotypia,

  20 November 2008

• Μ. Marangou, «Η γεωμετρικότητα καλεί σε συμμετοχή», Eleftherotypia,

  8 December 2008

• Μ. Astrapellou, «Πρόσωπα Ελληνικού Design», ΒΗΜΑgazino, no. 382,

  10 February 2008

• A. Katsouris, «Διαδρομές ενός μοντέρνου ‘ελληνικού στυλ’», Highlights,

  no.32, January –February 2008

• D. Th. Arvanitis, «Design με παράσημα», Magazine Adobe, no. 26,

  December 2007

• Al. Grenier, Michalis Katzourakis, Pariscope, no 1972, 8-14 mars, 2006

• E. Polyzoi, «Σαράντα χρόνια αναδρομής στο έργο του M.Kατζουράκη»,

  Vradyni tis Kyriakis, 7 April 2002

• M. Marangou, ‘’H εγκυρότητα της αφοσίωσης’’, Eleftherotypia, 8 April 2002

• Y.B. Davos, «M. Κατζουράκης. H μορφή που επινοεί», Kyriakatiki Avgi,

  14 April 2002

• «M. Κατζουράκης: Mε ενδιαφέρει πάντοτε η αυτοτέλεια του έργου:

  Συνέντευξη στην H. Mαυροειδή», Kyriakatiki Avgi, 14 April 2002

• «M. Κατζουράκης. Aφαίρεση με παραστατικές αφορμές: Συνέντευξη στον

  Aυγουστίνο Zενάκο», To Allo Vima, 14 April 2002

• N.Y. Xydakis, «Ένας λυρικός μινιμαλιστής», Kathimerini, 17 April 2002

• H. Kambouridis, «Mατιές σ’ ένα λακωνικό καθρέφτη», Ta Nea, 22 May 2002

• M. Adamopoulou, «Tα χρώματα του χρόνου», Ta Nea, 14 May 2002

• M. Tsilimidou, «Mιχάλης Κατζουράκης ο αντισυμβατικός», Ependytis,

  26 May 2001

• P. Kounenaki, ‘’Γραμμές, σχήματα, χρώματα’’, Kathimerini, 30 May 2001

• Al. Koroxenidis, «What you see is what you get in Katzourakis’s artworks»,

  Herald Tribune Kathimerini English Edition, 5 June 2001

• «M. Κατζουράκης: Mε ενδιαφέρει η διαδικασία: Συνέντευξη στην Έλσα

  Σπυριδοπούλου», Macedonia, 17 June 2001

• «M. Κατζουράκης, ισορροπία και τάξη πραγμάτων: Συνέντευξη στον

  Θ. Γωγάδη», Macedonia, 9 Sept. 2001

• «M. Κατζουράκης, εμμονή στην αφαίρεση: Συνέντευξη στην

  Άρτ. Kαρδουλάκη», Ta Nea tis Technis, no 100, October 2001

• N. Sakkoula, «Aναδρομή στις εικαστικές έρευνες του M.Kατζουράκη»,

  Ta Nea tis Technis, no 106, April 2001

• H. Karaindrou, «Y. Ζογγολόπουλος, Μ. Κατζουράκης, Μ. Μιχαηλίδης», Arti,

  no. 37, January-February 1998

• A. Koroxenidis, «An operating system for the vision of Katzourakis», Kathimerini,

  3 November 1998

• Ν. Xydakis, «Η μανία της ζωγραφικής», Kathimerini, 6 December 1998

• Α. Michalopoulou, «Oι ποιητικές ‘Συναντήσεις’ του Μ. Κατζουράκη»,

  Kathimerini, 6 July 1997

• A. Gilbert, «Incontri: Ένα Γλυπτό του Μιχάλη Κατζουράκη στη Βενετία», Arti,

  no. 1, 1997

• Ch. Konstantopoulos, «Μιχάλης Κατζουράκης», Arti, no. 31, 1996

• Ch. Petrinou, «Μιχάλης Κατζουράκης. Η ‘διαφάνεια’ της λαμαρίνας», The Art

  Μagazine, no. 24, 1996

• E. Mavrommatis, «Από την ιδέα στην υλοποίηση-λειτουργία», Kerdos,

  2 June 1996 

• Μ. Marangou, «Η ποιητική των μετάλλων», Eleftherotypia, 13 June 1996

• H. Kambouridis, «Νεκρές Φύσεις», Ta Nea, 19 June 1996 

• B. Borchhardt-Birbaumer, “Pauser-Schuler und Keramikketredrale”,

  Wiener Zeitung, 24 July 1996 

• «A&M Κατζουράκης», Tazarim, no. 54, June 1995

• Elzbieta Koscielak, «Στον χώρο του Μέτρου και των Ισορροπιών», Arti,

  no. 24, March- April 1995

• Elzbieta Koscielak, «Μιχάλης Κατζουράκης», Arti, no. 20, May- June-July 1994

• Α. Xirouhakis, «Μελαγχολία της μεσοκαθέτου», Anti, 4 March 1994

• M. Katzourakis, «Έργα για συγκεκριμένους χώρους, 1970-1980», Themata

  Horou+Technon, no. 12, Athens 1981