Alexandros Alexandrakis born in Athens Greece in 1913 showscased artistic talent from a young age. Known for his dramatic depictions of Greek soldiers during World War II he went on to self-publish a book on the subject entitled The War We Fought in 1968. Studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Spyridon Vikatos and Umbertos Argyros. Later attended engraving classes under Giannis Kefallinos before graduating in 1937. Participated in the Panhellenic Exhibition twice, the last time in 1948, and exhibited his work with both the Guggenheim Museum and the National Library of Congress in Washington.
Drafted into military duty in the Second World War in 1940 sketching throughout the time. These sketches were the basis for many of his future paintings. The female nude was another primary focus in his work. He approached his work with a realistic style and played on the atmosphere and the power of the moment. In 1980 he was honored by the National Gallery of Greece with a Retrospective Exhibition.
Alexandros Alexandrakis, Nude Model with Mirror, 1938, Oil on canvas, 130 x 66 cm