ATHENA MANOUSSAKI / dit: ATHENA EBERS (Greece, Crete, Heraklion 1928-1992 / act: New York)
Athena Ebers was born in 1928 in Heraklion on the Island of Crete, Greece. At the age of eighteen, around 1946, she worked for the Hellenic Geographical Organization. She began painting self-taught in 1957 under the influence of her brother, the painter George Manoussakis. She married the American painter Bob Ebers (student of Max Beckmann) and in 1964 settled in New York.
Athena Ebers' subjects originate in everyday life - markets, squares, ports, taverns, coffee shops and little churches of the Greek islands. Her painting falls in the category of naive art, with brilliant colors and decorative nuances, while it stands out for its trans-temporal character and dreamy feel.
Athena Ebers has presented her work in Athens, Boston, Chios Island, London, New York, Saint Louis, Stamford and Stockholm.
Athena Ebers died of cancer at home in New York in 1992.
[Megakles Rogakos 05/2006]
ALBUM Naïve Art 1984 p. 409
TAMVAKI, ANGELA 1986 p. 228, 234-236
LYDAKIS, STELIOS Naïve 1987 p. 104-105
VAKALO, ELENI 1996 v. A', p. 185-187