Stephen Antonakos

TypeMale
Artist
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URLsArtist's page
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Publications
 http://www.stephenantonakos.com/exhibitionlist.html


2011
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Awards

New York, USA
Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Academy Museum and School and the Greek American Foundation

2011
2004
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Awards

New York, USA
Full member (NA) of the National Academy Museum and School, New York

2004
1960 - 2013
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Places of work / studios

Soho, New York, New York

1960 - 2013
1945 - 1950
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Education

New York, USA
After graduating from Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, he served as a soldier in the Philippines from 1945 to 1947. He attended the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Brooklyn and worked as an illustrator

1945 - 1950
1930
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Places of residence

New York, USA

1930
- 1926
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Born

Agios Nikolaos, Greece

- 1926
- 2013
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Died

New York, USA

- 2013

Antonakos's work with neon since 1960 has lent the medium new perceptual and formal meanings. His use of spare, complete and incomplete geometric forms has ranged from direct 3-dimensional interior installations to painted canvases, Walls, the well-known back-lit Panels with painted or gold-leafed surfaces, and the Rooms and Chapels. Throughout, he has conceived work in relation to its site — its scale, proportions, and character — and to the space that it shares with the viewer. He calls his art, "real things in real spaces," intending it to be seen without reference to anything outside the immediate visual and kinetic experience. Since the late 1970s he has made large scale Public Works with the same concerns plus the inevitably broader engagement of space and auxiliary light outdoors. Colored pencil drawings on paper and vellum, often in series, have been an equally rich practice since the beginning. He has also made Packages, Artist's Books, and Reliefs of white wood and of silver. There have been over 100 one-person shows including a recent 50-year retrospective seen in Greece and the United States, more than 250 group shows, and over 50 Public Works installed in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

http://www.stephenantonakos.com/biography.html

 

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Hanging Neon photo Hanging Neon 1965 Stephen Antonakos 
Neon for La Jolla photo Neon for La Jolla 1984 Stephen Antonakos