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Vasilis Dimitriou, Keeper of a Fading Film Artwork, Dies at 84


Vasilis Periklis Dimitriou was born on Feb. 18, 1936, in Pogoniani, a village in northern Greece, to Periklis and Konstantina (Douka) Dimitriou. His father was a lodge and restaurant supervisor; his mom, a homemaker. He grew up penniless throughout World Struggle II in Kypseli, an Athens suburb.

His father, a fighter within the Greek resistance, was usually away from dwelling because the German Military superior. When Vasilis was 8, Nazi troops captured his father and took him away to be executed beside a mass grave. He miraculously survived and made his means dwelling lined in blood, solely to vanish from the boy’s life once more as he rejoined the resistance. To bide time, Vasilis started drawing on sidewalks.

He stumbled into portray film posters after the warfare ended. He and his associates had been climbing a tree to look at movies at an out of doors theater when the projectionist caught him and took him to the supervisor. As a substitute of throwing him out, nonetheless, the supervisor provided him work in change for watching motion pictures. When the supervisor found that Vasilis had a expertise for drawing, he invited him to strive his hand at portray film billboards.

“My mom stated, ‘If you happen to turn out to be a painter, we’ll starve and die poor,’” Mr. Dimitriou stated. However he grabbed the prospect.

He’s survived by his spouse, Angeliki Dimitriou; his daughter, Konstantina Dimitriou; and a grandson. Impressed by his work, Virginia Axioti, a member of the household that runs the Athinaion, will proceed to color billboards for the theater, Mr. Giannopoulos stated.

Mr. Dimitriou labored silently and methodically, climbing ladders and squatting on stools. To color his posters he constructed a low-slung stucco atelier in his yard with one wall made to the precise dimensions of the Athinaion’s billboards — an oblong floor 42 ft lengthy and eight ft excessive. Each bit, painted on thick brown paper, took three to 4 days to finish and was then pasted over the earlier one (although some have been preserved and saved for infrequent exhibitions).