Giannoulis Chalepas, Greece’s Mad Sculptor

An artist’s pained life and his masterpieces.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Late last year, an article of mine was published by John Maberry’s Eagle Peak Annual on the life of one of Greece’s best-known sculptors, Giannoulis (“Little John”) Chalepas. I’m sharing here with John’s kind permission.

Chalepas translates into “hardship” in Greek and I think you’ll agree that the man’s life lived up to his surname. And yet, Chalepas is widely considered the best sculptor in his native Greece, where he’s called “the Greek Rodin.”

Giannoulis Chalepas | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book
Giannoulis Chalepas. Source: Times News

An early talent

Chalepas was born in Tinos, an island considered the center of modern Greek sculpture. Walking on its picturesque cobbled streets, you meet at every point the signs of art and artistic creation or expression.

He grew up in an environment of dust, marble, and clay. His father was one of the greatest craftsmen of the island, whose artistic and business endeavors brought him all the way to Smyrna…

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