An icon on icons

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Photo and caption by meg pier

To some, Father Kallinkos is an icon. The monk came to St. Barbara monastery in Cyprus in 1940 when he was 20 and at 22 began wall painting. In 1946, he went to Mount Athos where he took courses in icon painting. He took part in Cyprus’ liberation struggle and was arrested by the English, tortured and imprisoned. After being released from prison he moved to Athens and took courses from another great icon painter, Fotis Kontoglou. Today, his work is collected worldwide. Age 91 now, he was still young at heart when I met him last summer and, as he told me, the icons are immortal.

Location: St. Barbara monastery, outside Larnaka, Cyprus


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