Platon Alexis Hadjimichalis, eco-artist, naturo-plastician, and ex-ambassador is the new Director General of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. With a history of diplomacy and art, he makes an interesting choice
Platon-Alexis Hadjimichalis was born in Paris in 1950. He comes from a three generations artistic family and was brought up in French and Greek cultural and intellectual milieus.
In the circles where his parents (an architect and an archaeologist) moved in, he grew up among artists of different nationalities who were living and working in Paris and Athens between 1950 and 1970. All these people surrounded Platon H. from an early age with their ideas and creativity, shaping his personality and art. Without him realising it at the time, they were his teachers along with his father who taught him how to ‘use his hands’ and made him familiar with construction and building materials. As a regular visitor to the French Archaeological School in Greece he became familiar with ancient walls assemblage, mosaics, floors and with aesthetics in general.
Platon-Alexis Hadjimichalis started painting in the ’70s, very much influenced by Francois Morellet and Vasarely.
In parallel with his work as a Greek civil servant, Platon-Alexis Hadjimichalis started creating organic surfaces in the 1980’s, inspired by Normandy’s seaweeds after a low tide.
He was the Greek Ambassador to Morocco for three years and resigned last April.
He makes a welcome addition to the Fes Festival team.
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