Viktor Ioannidis was a student at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1923 to 1929; his professors in Art were George Iakovidis, Spyro Vikato and Nikolaos Lytras – in Art History, Zacharias Papantoniou. During his studies, he worked as a regular cartoonist and contributing editor for various Athenian publications including the ‘Free Press’ (1923-24), the ‘Hellenic’ (1926-27), as a correspondent for the magazine ‘Progress’ (1924-26) as well as an illustrator for the ‘Great Greek Encyclopedia’.
In 1931 he returned to Cyprus, to live permanently in his hometown of Limassol. It was here in 1936 where he co-founded (together with G. Fasouliotis) the first interior design workshop (at the time) in Cyprus, called ‘Atelier’. At the same time, Ioannidis co-edited one of the first satirical newspapers to emerge on the island. ‘Laughter’ was published from 1928 until 1937; Ioannidis was editor-in-chief and principal cartoonist. In the years between 1931 and 1966 he worked as a professor of art for various schools, both private and of secondary education.
Dominating subject matter in Ioannidis work was landscapes and scenes from rural and urban life. He also explored portraiture, still life and life drawing. He remained faithful in his efforts to depict the reality of the topography he painted, using the realist and impressionistic style at first, bringing them closer to a more personal approach. The latter is characterized by his works’ freedom of design; liberation of all forms in general and a tendency to simplify, which the artist may have adopted thanks to his interest and work in the art of sketching.
Victor Ioannides, Mountain Village, 1959, Oil on board, 39 x 44 cm