kalogeropoulos was the son of Nicos Kalogeropoulos, the
distinguished Greek marine artist. Leon followed in his
fatherís footsteps and was soon recognised as the top
Greek marine artist of the last quarter of the twentieth
century. The younger Leon learned his trade at his
fatherís studio and then continued his studies and art
education in Paris where he spent his early adulthood.
He then travelled to Africa and especially Senegal where
he married a Senegalese beauty.
The restoration of democracy in Greece in 1974 saw Leon
Kalogeropoulos return to his birthplace, Athens, where
he devoted himself to painting marine works of art. His
early paintings of the years 1974-1990 are a
hymn to blue seas in very soft hues with usually fishing
boats timidly appearing in the distance.
Kalogeropoulos gradually replaced the light blues and
aqua marine colours with deeper Mediterranean blues. He
depicted more robust merchant ships and fishing boats in
atmospheric conditions that conveyed the drama and
reality of life experienced on ships and seas around
Athens. For these reasons this later work of the period
1990 - 2002 is considered more accomplished, more
desirable and more expressive of the artist than that of
his earlier period.
Leonís work can be found in major Greek collections and
museums including the Maritime Museum in Piraeus, the
Greek Pinakotheke in Athens, and the Vorres Museum in
Bibliography: MARINE ART LEON KALOGEROPOULOS. THE LAST
MARINE ARTIST OF 20TH CENTURY GREECE A GREEKS IN ART