About the Artist

What drives a person to become an artist?
Is it vision? Is it passion? Is it inspiration? Is it destiny?
For George Andreas, it was all of these things and more.

Early Life

Born in 1938 in Athens, Greece, Andreas would go on to become one of the most visionary and prolific expressionistic artists of the 20th Century. In many respects, he was shaped by classical Athenian ideals—he was an intellectual, philosopher, historian, writer and athlete. But above all, he aspired to become an artist.

As a boy Andreas, and his family, had survived the occupation of the Nazis and the post-war turmoil and chaos that followed. At the age of 14, the gangly youngster sought out the renowned portrait artist, Konstantine Artemis. Learning his craft at the foot of the gruff and demanding master, he started out as little more than an errand boy–grinding pigments, setting rigs, and mixing paints. However, Andreas’s perseverance, determination and work ethic would pay off. Eventually Artemis saw promise in the young boy’s work, and took him under his wing as an apprentice.

Throughout his teens Andreas honed his craft, studying every aspect and following the guidance of his mentor. However by the time he was 18, it was becoming evident that the brilliant young man was beginning to surpass the master. More importantly, Andreas began to outgrow the rigid, centuries old constraints of portraiture and landscape. Although he had been classically trained, Andreas’s passion wasn’t to simply reproduce the subjects in front of him, but rather to “reinterpret” them… to peer into their souls. Like other great expressionistic and abstract artists, George Andreas set off on a visionary artistic path that would be all his own.

Young Adulthood

In 1957, Andreas entered the Greek National Military Academy. The strapping young lieutenant, who now stood well over 6 feet, was posted to the mountains of Northern Greece. Taking up rock and mountain climbing, he was able to behold some of the most beautiful vistas on the planet, viewing them from unique perspectives few ever see. The young artist created works that combined both realistic and abstract elements. “For me,” he said, “landscapes are like a living object.”

Over the next several years, the officer also became a scholar, studying Philosophy and Human Behavior at the University of Salonika. His travels would also take him across Europe, including Paris, the center of the 1960s art world. There he became part of a circle of talented young artists, musicians, writers and poets.

The Washington Years

Even as Andreas was amassing a fortune in business, he continued to paint. In fact many of his most powerful and popular works were created during “The Washington Years” (1979-1994). During that time he had several exhibitions, and he opened Andreas Galleries in prestigious Georgetown both to share his latest pieces with his patrons, and to expose the Washington, DC-area to important works being produced by artists from around the world.