Achilles Droungas was born in 1940 in Piraeus. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA (1958-1965) graphic arts with Kostas Grammatopoulos. With state scholarships he studied on the popular houses and traditional costumes of Western Macedonia (1966). In 1970 with support from the State Scholarship Foundation - IKY he continued his studies in London at the Slade School of Fine Art (1970-1973) with Alfred Gross and Barto Dos Santos. As a graphic artist he participated in the most important international graphic shows between 1967 and 1976. With yet another scholarship from the Ford Foundation he stayed in the U.S.A. (1976-1977), where he followed lessons on the techniques on lithography at universities and workshops like the Tamarind Institute.
Achilles Droungas' graphics have been published by Christies Contemporary Art in London, Editions Alecto in London, International Graphics Society in New York, Redfern Gallery in London, Zoumboulakis Gallery in Athens. In 1965 he was awarded with the Graphic Arts Award of the Pan-Hellenic Youth Exhibition. His work belongs to the post-modern tendency and balances between critical realism and hyperrealism assisted with the technique of optical illusion (trompe-l'oeil). In 1982 he painted a monumental mural of 45 meters for Atheneum Intercontinental Hotel in Athens.
Achilles Droungas began participating in group shows in Greece and abroad already since 1965. In 1974 he had his first one-man exhibition in Athens. In 1978 he had his first show of oil paintings at the Zoumboulakis Gallery in Athens. Since then he has shown his paintings in various galleries in Europe and USA. Artworks by Droungas are kept at the following institutions: The American College of Greece, Athens; Bibliothèque National de Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery - Alexander Soutzos Museum, Athens; National Museum of Wales; Victoria and Albert Museum; London; Vorres Museum, Peania.
Achilles Droungas currently lives and works in Athens.
[Megakles Rogakos 08/2006]
KAMBOURIDIS, HARIS Droungas 1994 Adam Editions, Athens