Ioannis (Yanni) Glykokokalos
ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΓΛΥΚΟΚΟΚΑΛΟΣ (1937-2017)
Ioannis "Yanni" Glykokokalos, was born in Mytilene, the island of Lesvos, Greece, on March 30, 1937. He earned an engineering degree in Athens, Greece and worked for the Greek Merchant Marines. As a young man, he moved to the United States and settled in the Bronx, NY. There he began a framing business and worked on his art. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Alaska. In 1986 he moved his frame shop and studio, Natural Wood Frames, to Honesdale. An abstract expressionist, Yanni became well known in the area as a painter. He and his wife, Pauline, are founding members of the Wayne County Arts Alliance. Along with his art, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, movies, reading, and classical music. He died in Honesdale, Pennylvania, on March 15, 2017.
With over 50 years as a professional painter, Yanni had solo shows at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Betty Parsons Gallery in NYC, Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, Brata Gallery (one of the 11th Street galleries), Zygos Gallery and many other national and international galleries. Yanni sold over 800 paintings in the U.S., Europe and South America, and is represented in many private collections. His large and diverse body of work is a testament to his artistic commitment and work ethic. Figurative and abstract, Yanni's work reflects the abstract expressionism of the New York School and an endless romance with avant-garde painting.