Lykourgos (Lic) Kogevinas (1887-1940) was a Greek-born painter and engraver known for his captivating landscapes.
Born in Corfu, Kogevinas received his painting lessons from Georgios Samartzis, a local artist known for his academic style. However, Kogevinas quickly veered towards impressionism. He began experimenting with large-format landscape paintings based on small sketches he had created outdoors.
At the age of 16, Kogevinas went to Rome, immersing himself in the rich artistic heritage of Italy. From there, he made his way to Paris, where he honed his skills in engraving at the Grande Chaumière and Académie Julian. Initially drawn to classical painting, he immersed himself in the Louvre, meticulously copying the works of great artists.
In 1908, Kogevinas was conscripted into military service in Greece and actively participated in the Balkan Wars. After the completion of his military service, he went to Munich, where he encountered the works of Dürer. Inspired by his legacy, Kogevinas decided to dedicate himself to the art of engraving.
By the end of World War I, Kogevinas settled in Paris, and participated in group exhibitions both in France and Greece.
His meeting with renowned engraver André Dunoyer de Segonzac in 1921 was a turning point in his career. His love for engraving was sparked by this experience. He became the first Greek engraver to establish a reputation in the Parisian art scene at the beginning of the 20th century. He also introduced aquatint, a print technique resembling a watercolour effect achieved through etching a copper plate, into the Greek art scene.
In 1922, Kogevinas published his first book, a large-format book showcasing views of the Mount Athos monasteries with a preface by the French art historian Charles Diehl. This publication marked the beginning of a series of books published by major Parisian publishers. In 1925, he received a gold medal at The International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris for his outstanding prints.
Throughout his career, Kogevinas tirelessly sought to develop his visual language in both painting and engraving in depicting landscapes. His compositions exuded a sense of clarity and aesthetic vision influenced by classic French landscapes of the 18th and 19th centuries.
In 1936, Kogevinas participated in the Venice Biennale.
Since the 1990s his work has been widely exhibited across Greece. Today, Kogevinas’s artworks are housed in esteemed institutions such as The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre in Cyprus, the National Art Gallery Alexandros Soutzos Museum in Athens, and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki.