OUZO VETO honors the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution paying tribute to the greatest Greek folk painter Theophilos (Kefalas – Hatzimihail).
Theophilos was born in Mytilene between 1868 and 1871.
At a very young age he leaves for Smyrna where he will shape his visual language & its main themes, from the world of antiquity, Byzantium & modern Greece.
He turns painting into his profession and he adopts the fustanella* as his everyday garment.
In 1961 – about 30 years after his death – the Louvre Museum inaugurates his work.
A unique honor for a Greek painter until then.
The Kings of France met with Katsantonis, Athanasios Diakos, Kolokotronis, Athanasios Diakos, Areousa…
He narrates through his brushes the struggle of the Greek Revolution of 1821.
His legend is still hovering over Mytilene…