Lucas Samaras

Born 1936, Kastoria, Macedonia, Greece. Died 2024, New York



Lucas Samaras was a photographer, sculptor, painter, draftsman, and performance artist. Working in both expressionist and surrealist traditions, Samaras believed in the object as a vehicle for self-expression. Further, much of Samaras's oeuvre is a meditation on himself - his own face and body are persistent themes in his work, pushing the boundaries of psychological transformation. He was the subject of more than 100 solo exhibitions and seven major career retrospectives. In 2009, Samaras represented Greece at the Venice Biennale with an exhibition that spanned four decades of the artist’s practice.