Theodoros Stamos (American 1922 -1997)
Theodoros Stamos, an Abstract Expressionist painter. Theodore Stamos was born in Manhattan in 1922, the son of Greek immigrants. He attended Stuyvesant High School where he studied art, mostly sculpture, leaving in 1939. During the 1940’s, Mr. Stamos supported his painting by running a small frame shop in Manhattan where his customers included such artists as Arshile Gorky and Fernand Leger. He was also a close friend to many Abstract Expressionist artists, most famously Mark Rothko .He had his first solo show in New York at the Wakefield Gallery/Bookshop, run by Betty Parsons, who would later become a prominent dealer for Abstract Expressionists.
He was included in the 1945 Whitney Biennial; in 1946, the Museum of Modern Art acquired one of his paintings. The Modern also included his work in its legendary touring exhibition ”The New American Painting,” which introduced Abstract Expressionism to European audiences in 1958 and ’59. Between the late 1940’s and 1970, Mr. Stamos exhibited regularly in New York, first with Ms. Parsons and then with Andre Emmerich.
His most recent exhibition was at the ACA Gallery in 1992. Nonetheless he exhibited often in other parts of the world, especially in Greece.
Mr. Stamos’s work is represented in public collections around the world.