Spiros George Xenos (Athens, Greece June 11, 1881 – Gothenburg, Sweden January 21, 1963) was a Greek-Swedish artist.
After six years of study at Athens School of Fine Arts Spiros left Greece in 1903 and helped by a scholarship continued his education in Munich and Mimenen, Germany. In Paris he opened a studio and established himself in artist circles. In 1913 he went to Sweden for a short stay, but due to the outbreak of World War I he came to settle there.
Xenos' paintings were inspired by the landscape of Sweden's west coast, which he came to love, but he is also known for his portraits and still lifes.
He is exhibited at 'Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg', at 'the University of Gothenburg (School of Business, Economics and Law)' and in 'National Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum' (Athens Art Museum).
In Utby in Gothenburg he built in 1920 'Villa Athena', which still stands in 'Utbynäs´ villastad' (created in the style of an English garden city).
Spiros Xeros is buried in 'Örgryte new cemetery' in Gothenburg with his wife Ester Elena Xenos (1903–1996), born in Helsingborg, Sweden.
She was Spiros' second wife after his first, Elin von Reis, died in 1926 at the age of 52.
In a local newspaper an obituary mentioned "the well-known Gothenburg artist" Spiros Xenos and described him as "an extremely amiable person, free from harsh judgements and a wish to gain advances at others' expense".
This article is a translation from Swedish Wikipedia.
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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