Monday, April 20, 2015

Intellectual Personalities 4.2.2015

The next lot of 12 stamps on Intellectual Personalities were issued on 4.2.2015. 

(0.04) Adamantios Diamantis. He was born in Nicosia in 1900 and died in 1994. A great artist, whose name is synonymous with modern Cypriot art. He captured on canvas the authentic world of Cyprus and as an art teacher he taught one generation after another at the Morphou Teaching College and in schools in Nicosia and has inspired young yet unrecognised local artists. He developed a rich social and cultural influence. As a member of the Society of Cypriot studies, he was involved in the collection of local works of art and in organising the Cyprus Folk Art Museum, of which he was the Director from the time of its establishment. His works of art were exhibited in many solo, group and thematic exhibitions and now adorn many galleries in Cyprus and Greece. His friend, George Seferis, a Noble prize-winning poet, dedicated his poem "Details in Cyprus" to him. In 1993 the Cyprus State bestowed on him the Award for Excellence in Letters and the Arts.

(0.04) Theodosis Pierides. He was born in Tseri in 1908 and died in Bucharest in 1968. An important, left-wing figure and idealist poet, who served with steadfastness the principles of peace and the brotherhood of peoples. He is the brother of George Philippou Pierides, the great Cypriot prose writer. he was initially active in Egypt, where his family lived and form a young age took an active part in social struggles and in the anti-Nazi struggle during the 2nd World War. In the summer of 1947 he came and settled in Famagusta and then went on to Bucharest, only to return to Cyprus after it was declared an independent state in 1960. He used traditional verse and also free verse. His poetry in robust and is characterised by a deep faith and love for man but also for his birthplace, Cyprus. The peak of his poetry is his poem "Cyprus Symphony". He was also involved in journalism and criticism.

(0.50)Maria Rousia. She was born in Cairo in 1894, to parents of Cypriot descent, and after 1914 she lived in Alexandria where she died in 1957. She published articles in "Tahidromos" a newspaper in Alexandria, on social matters; she also wrote articles regarding a woman's place in society, on education and book reviews. She also published travel reviews on Cyprus and Greece, and translated literary works. She was a volunteer nurse in the 2nd World War for the Greek Army in the Middle East. She wrote inspirational letters by the thousand which were sent to soldiers fighting at the front together with socks, jumpers and other letters she published under the pen name "Sister of the Soldier". Between 1939-1956 she was associated with "Cypriot Letters", a magazine, in which she published a total of 26 stories. She also edited a book of essays and other story books and novels. Her work had favourable reviews from eminent artists of her time.

(0.50) Melis Nicolaides. He was born in Larnaca in 1892, having attended the Urban School and the five class semi-gymnasium in the same town. He worked as a teacher on a temporary basis and then became an employee of the Metropolis of Kitium. He emigrated to Athens at a very young age and lived there till the end of his life. He died in 1979. In Athens he devoted himself to literature and all his professional activities were related to this subject. He established a bookshop, "Logotechnia", a publishing firm, and edited "Pnevmatiki Zoe", a literary magazine. He was a founding member of the Hellenic Literary Society and was its general secretary and chairman. He played a very active role in the intellectual life of Athens. He is considered a very important Cypriot prose writer and has great works to his name. In addition to stories and novels, he wrote travel books, plays, articles, speeches and a number of studies on intellectual subjects. Inspired by tradition his work is mainly social and religious, and that is why he was characterised as the "prose writer for the poor and humble, the honest and good people".

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