Chris Savvides was born in
Limassol, Cyprus and studied painting at St Martin's
school of art in London from 1961 - 1967. Throughout his
50 year painting career he explored many of the 20th
centuries schools of thoughts including impressionism,
expressionism, fauvism, cubism, pop and op art,
figurative semi abstraction and pure abstraction. From
the mid-nineties to date his work has mainly focused on
abstract idealism. His love of colour enables him to
develop his thoughts and ideas better through
abstraction, enhancing that painting must be of a pure
visual sensation in which colour is the fundamental
means of expression.
Chris Savvides started
painting at the age of 14. His first paintings were
still-lifes and landscape paintings of his native
Cyprus. He entered St Martin's School of Art in London
and studied Fine Art under the late Frederick Gore
(1961-67) from where he obtained the National Diploma in
Design (NDD). During his time at St Martin's the human
figure was his main and also his compulsory subject.
In the 60's, 70's and 80's he created a large collection
of figurative paintings. Also in the 60's the OP art
movement caught his interest which he studied
extensively producing a number of paintings. The works
of the impressionists, expressionists, cubists and the
works of Henri Matisse paved the way for Chris'
development into pure abstraction. From the 90's and up
to the present time, abstraction is his predominant and
chosen form of expression.
Chris exhibited his work in London, Denmark and Cyprus.
Many commissions were undertaken and his paintings are
in private collections.
Source: The artist's