Anthis was taught to paint in Corfu (1936-1947) by the Greek-French painter Ten Florias. In 1950, he settled in Athens. His works were very much influenced by impressionism and Byzantine art, however, his expressionist values dominate his paintings. Examples of the latter are especially evident in his landscapes which are not exact documentations of outdoor landscapes but are more concerned with essential attributes of the land itself, found in the execution of the artwork and the fullness of his colour palette. His ‘Panagies’ (‘Virgin Marys’) are executed boldly while his portraits are recognized for their synthetic, psycho-graphic power.
Demetris Anthis, The Cart, 1963, Oil on board, 32 x 47 cm