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Hambis Tsangaris

Hambis Tsangaris

Cypriot
Born in 1947.
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Hambis Tsangaris biography

Hambis Tsangaris (born 1947) is a celebrated Cypriot printmaker from the village of Kontea in the Turkish-occupied northeastern region of Cyprus. His extensive body of work includes postage stamps, illustrations, and fine art prints that explore themes of history, folklore, and politics. Tsangaris has garnered critical acclaim and awards, including the European Heritage Award in 2023, for his contributions to Cypriot art and culture.

Tsangaris began his artistic journey in Athens, where he studied engraving under Tassos, a pivotal mentor who nurtured his love for printmaking. His early works documented political and social events, often capturing the consequences of war and the displacement of refugees. Tsangaris’ illustrations and stories, such as “Spanos and the Forty Dragons” and “The Fey Enchantress,” have become beloved representations of Cypriot folk tales.

After studying graphic arts at the Surikov Institute of Moscow, Tsangaris returned to Cyprus and worked as a culture and arts writer for Haravgi newspaper. Despite his busy schedule, he managed to create numerous illustrations for various publications. He continued to draw inspiration from his surroundings, creating works that expressed a longing for a peaceful, unified Cyprus.

In 1995, Tsangaris established the Hambis School of Printmaking, where he has taught printmaking classes for free. He continues to promote and preserve the art form by managing a national printmaking center and museum with his wife Helen. The museum houses a diverse collection of artworks and historical printmaking tools, as well as works by artists from various backgrounds.

Tsangaris’ illustrious career has led him to exhibit his work at numerous prestigious biennales and exhibitions, such as the Alexandria Biennale, Ljubljana Biennale, and the Mediterranean Triennale of Engraving. Through his dedication to printmaking, storytelling, and fostering artistic expression, Hambis Tsangaris has solidified his position as a distinguished artist and prominent figure in the Cypriot art world.


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