Born in Piraeus in 1910 and died in Athens 1989. Studied at the Athens Academy of Fine Arts (1928-1933) under Vikatos and Parthenis. He was initiated into Byzantine art by Kontoglou (1931-1934), and also got to know the work of Theofilos. He travelled in the interwar period to Izmir, Istanbul and Paris, where he became familiar with Impressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. He returned to Greece 1940 and fought on the Albanian front. He was a founding member of the Armos group. He worked with the Iolas Gallery in New York (1953-1957) and lived in Paris during 1967-1980. In 1982 he showed his personal collection, donating it to the Foundation bearing his name, which is housed in his home in Maroussi. Took part in numerous group exhibitions and international events, including the Venice Biennale (1958, with Yannis Moralis and Antonis Sohos). Designed stage sets and costumes for the Greek National Theatre, the Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun, La Scala in Milan, the Dallas Opera, the Olimpico Theatre in Vicenza, and Covent Garden in London; and designed sets and costumes for films by Jules Dassin and Michael Cacoyannis. Also, he turned his attention to weaving, winning a prize for a carpet design in 1931. He wrote numerous articles for newspapers and periodicals (which have been published in book form) and illustrated a number of books (collections of poetry by Seferis, Elytis and others). In 1981 he founded in his home in Maroussi, Athens, the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation, which operated from the following year as the Yannis Tsarouchis Museum.
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