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Biography of Dionyssopoulos Pavlos
The Greek artist Pavlos Dionyssopoulos, also called Pavlos, is born in Filiatra (Peloponaise) in 1930. In 1947 he moves to Athens, and two years later enters the School of Fine Arts where he receives his degree in 1953. He becomes then a painter. The following year, thanks to a grant from the French state, Pavlos returns to Paris. He works at the « Grande Chaumiere», taking advantage of his stay to visit museums and galleries not only in Paris but also throughout Europe. Back in Athens in 1955, he works in theater and advertising. In 1958, he wins a scholarship from the Greek state, which allows him to return to Paris for 3 years. He is interested in the New Realist movement of Pierre Restany that he joins, becoming close to Pierre Restany. He meets Giacometti, Calder, César, Jean Dubuffet and others. Pavlos abandons painting and begins to cut magazines and posters with a machine, creating with obtained thin strips of paper (trimmed posters) objects of all kinds. He exhibits his first works at the Salon of New Realities in 1963.