Celebrated Cypriot artist Stass Paraskos has died, the Cyprus College of Art which he founded said on Wednesday.
“The artist and founder of the Cyprus College of Art, Stass Paraskos died yesterday afternoon at the family home in Paphos aged 81,” it said in a short statement.
Paraskos, one of Cyprus best known artists, was born in 1933 in Anaphotia, Larnaca.
He studied painting at Leeds College of Art. He was appointed as a lecturer at Canterbury College of Art and, as a visitor, also lectured at the University of Leeds as well as other college and art institutions in Britain. He founded the Summer School of Arts, initially in Kato Paphos and subsequently at Lempa, where it later developed into the Cyprus College of Art. He was also involved in sculpting and the illustration of books. The University of Bolton bestowed upon him the honorary title of Doctorate for his services in art.