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  • Michael Lekakis

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    Art Brokerage: Michael Lekakis American Artist: b. 1907-1987. Michael Lekakis, was born in New York City to Greek parents. One of seven children, he maintained strong ties with his Greek heritage, nurtured in the city's Greek-American community and disciplined by the realities of a life common to many first generation children. His thirst for knowledge and pursuit of enlightenment, however, were most uncommon. His interests have encompassed the entire classical culture, and Lekakis has spent a lifetime informing himself. Necessities were turned into opportunities, and each experience added dimension to both his life and art. His early years, occupied in floral arrangement and decoration at his family's wholesale flower business, provided his first aesthetic concepts of design, and solidified his desire to devote himself to art. The war years, studying and eventually teaching camouflage, afforded the circumstances to further conceptualize the relationship of form to space. Interest in dance, both participating and helping in the organization of a group dedicated to Greek ethnic dances, gave him insight into the movement of forms and the projection of objects in space. Lekakis has spent years attending lectures in philosophy and anthropology, Byzantine music and Chinese poetry, seeking out those whom he respected and from whom he might learn. In much the same way that the ancient Greeks acquired knowledge, Lekakis has constantly moved from Agora to Lyceum, and many of his teachers became his close friends. An intensely private man, and preferring seclusion as a requisite for his art, Lekakis has also travelled extensively and has incorporated his eclectic experiences into his work. He is his art. Although his sculptural technique and theory are unique, he forswears any statement of his own, declaring that he is merely a tool through which nature is allowed its inherent meaning. He has never 'manufactured' art, and does not regard his work as in any way didactic. Approaching it with humility, he maintains that the concepts exist, and potential will be realized through creativity. At times his sculptural forms and the organic geometry of his drawings evoke an Aristotelian predisposition, yet the natural serenity of his creations suggest an evolutionary process closer to the Platonic doctrine of universal forms. In choosing to dedicate himself to his work, Lekakis has also chosen to eschew notoriety and commercialization. His work, however, is in many major museums as well as in private collections throughout the world. Listings wanted by Art Brokerage.

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