Vasilis Dimitriou, the Artist Who Kept Alive the Dying Art of Hand-Painted Movie Billboards, Has Died at 84

Vassilis Dimitriou creating one of his hand-painted movie poster billboards for the Athinaion cinema in Athens. Photo courtesy of the Athinaion. Vassilis Dimitriou, master of the dying art form of the hand-painted movie poster, died at 84 on September 6. The Greek artist, who created over 8,000 works for movie theaters over a career that spanned nearly seven decades, was ill with Parkinson’s disease.

A self-taught painter, Dimitriou got his start in cinema at just 15—a theater manager who had caught him watching films without buying a ticket learned of his artistic talent and put the young boy to work. […]


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