Ricco / Maresca:

Born on the island of Kalymnos in Greece in 1912, Drossos Skyllas was trained as an accountant when his father opposed his early interest in art. He worked for a time in his father’s tobacco business before emigrating to the United States shortly after World War II. Settling in Chicago, and encouraged and supported by his wife Iola, he devoted himself solely to his early dream of creative fulfillment. He haunted the Art Institute, advertised himself as a portrait painter, but sold no paintings in his lifetime for his prices equalled those of well-known artists. Skyllas felt his own work deserved as much. Upon his death in 1973, his creative output consisted of thirty-five paintings – portraits and nudes in studied settings, landscapes, still-lifes and religious figures – all characterized by a meticulous attention to detail.

 

Drossos P. Skyllas

Untitled, Snow Scene

c. 1950-60

Oil on canvas

32 x 24 inches

 

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