18 July 2011
Introduction By Andreas Chrysochos’s Daughter, Nasso
My father was born in the year 1929 into a family of goldsmiths; he comes from Milia Famagusta. He has liked drawing and painting since childhood, and in this field he was always encouraged by his teachers.
As a student at the Teacher Training College in Morphou, he took part in a watercolour painting competition organised by a London-based company, and was awarded the first prize. The then colonial government of Cyprus offered him a scholarship in Art Studies in London, and he completed his studies in 1959. Later, in 1975 and 1976, he was involved in research studies, again in London, his subject being ‘Children’s Art’.
My father’s career has included teaching, organising, and inspecting the teaching of Art to children at various levels.
As an artist he took part in the encouragement of modern expression through his paintings and by writing and presenting his views in the media. He has done the same in the creation of icons and religious painting in general, by encouraging the re-introduction of the Byzantine style.
The Government of Cyprus honoured him with the Diploma of Excellence in Letters, Arts and Sciences in 2004. He was also awarded an Honorary Diploma by the European Council in Nice, France, in 1989.