190310 JanuaryBorn in Limassol. Is the youngest amongst the four sons of Neoklis Ioannides, well known wine producer and banker, and Eleni, of the Skyrianides family.
1. Family picture, the artist at the age of 5 appearing in the center of the photograph
2. One of the Cyprus Popular Bank documents giving a brief history of the Bank and its founder members, amongst them the father of Victor.
3. Interesting article in the Cypriot and Greek newspaper with special reference to the artist’s father wine production.
1921GraduationHe graduates from the Limassol Gymnasium. With the initiative of his father, who preferred a steady and solid professional business future for his son, he is employed at a reputable trading company as an accountant. His strong inclination for art and music, helps him to find the courage to decline an offer for promotion and he resigns. A year later he meets and becomes friend with the poet and artist painter Nicos Nicolaides with whom he establishes a very strong friendship. He is the person who encourages him to work and study art.
1. The artist at the age of 18 after his graduation from the Gymnasium.
1923Studies"He travels to Athens. He enrolls at the Art School of the University of Athens (Metsovio Polytechnio) from which he graduates in 1929 with a first class honours degree. He is the first Cypriot student who graduates from this school. His teachers are Iacovides, Vikatos, Nicolaos Lytras and Zacharias Papandoniou. Ηis fellow students are Vassiliou, Contopoulos, Zoggolopoulos, Kapsalis, Georgopoulou and Reggos. During his studies, from 1923 until 1931 he also works as a permanent Sketcher and Reporter at several newspapers as well as a Graphic Artist at the Greek Encyclopedia. He is also, together with Demetriades, Kastanakis and Protopatsis, a founder member of the Sociaty of Sketchers of Athenian Newspapers.
1. His identity card of “Eleftheros Typos” newspaper.
2. His identity card of “Proodos” magazine.
1931Returns to CyprusHe returns to Cyprus and under the very difficult financial conditions and the negative and indifferent approach of people to art in general, he has no alternative in turning in on himself and for more than 15 years is experimenting in the various mixtures of colours with a view to find out the formula similar to the one used by the old Italian schools of Art. He himself considers this invention as his most important contribution to Art. During this period he travels for this purpose to Paris, Italy and London. At the same time he is appointed as a teacher of art, originally at Larnaca Lycium (1942-48) and later at the Lanition Gymnasium of Limassol (1949-66).
1. As an Art teacher at the Lanition Gymnasium together with his students (1959/60).
2. The artist in Cyprus after his return from his studies in 1934 and 1936 respectively.
1936"Atelier"He, together with his close friend, artist painter and teacher George Fassouliotis, sets up in partenership the "Atelier" which was the first establishment offering professional services in advertising and decoration. The very same year the “Atelier” is awarded the gold medal for the creation of a very successful advertisment during the Agricultural & Industrial exhibition organised by the Municipality of Limassol. One year later, he takes over as chief editor and sketcher of the first satyric newspaper, the so called "Yelio" (“Laugher”) which was founded and edited also together with his friend George Fassouliotis.
1. Typical cover of "Yelio" newspaper.
2. One of the advertisements and art works produced by the Atelier.
3. At the "Atelier" with some of his friends.
1951Public WorkHe is invited by the British Institute to deliver a speech about the History of British Art and also to exhibit and present his paintings to the public. This, in fact, is the first unofficial presentation of his work in public.
1. Very positive article written in the English speaking newspaper “Cyprus Mail” about the artist’s work at the specific exhibition.
2. The exhibition catalogue with the paintings exhibited.
195627th of MarchA very important landmark and a substantial turning point in his career is his solo exhibition organized at “Enosis” club in Limassol. This in fact is the first art exhibition of a Cypriot artist which takes place in Cyprus. The success is unbelievably tremendous, hence all 47 paintings are sold during the first half hour of the opening of the exhibition! This success encourages other Cypriot artists to follow his example and exhibit their work publicly. The period 1952-1957 is considered as a very productive one for him during which he creates very important and popular paintings such as, the two selfportraits (1956/1957) the portrait of his wife and his son (1956), the “Enjoying the soup” (1952), “the Hodjia priest” (1954), “the English Schoolteacher” (1957) and the “Animal Sales” (1957).
2. Τhe papers οn this specific exhibition.
3. Selfportrait, Oil on canvas (1956).
19626th solo exhibitionThe President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios inaugurates at the Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia the Artist’s 6th solo exhibiton and the Chairmain of the Greek Communal Council, Dr Constantinos Spyridakis is the main speaker of the event. During this exhibition, President Makarios acquires two paintings which now form part of the collection of paintings of the Presidential Palace in Nicosia. The presence of many politicians and other important people, is considered as a major event for the cultural happenings of Cyprus and very extensive publicity is given by the Media. During the same year one of his paintings obtains the first prize at the International Flower Show, held in Limassol, and a commemorative medal is awarded to him for this purpose.
1. The artist with President Makarios looking at the two paintings which he has chosen to buy.
2. Photos from the inauguration of the exhibition.
3. The commemorative medal of the International Flower Show.
1967National Gallery of Athens
1968Travels back to AthensHe travels to Athens and renews his connection with his old friends and fellow-students Sp. Vassiliou, Al. Contopoulos, G. Zoggolopoulos, Aglaia Georgopoulos and Polyclitos Reggos. During his one year stay, he, together with most of the abovementioned friends, participates in a joint exhibition organized by "Praktorio Pnevmatikis Sinergasias" where his paintings attract very positive comments.
1. Handwritten dedication by his friend and fellow student Polyclitos Reggos written on his Exhibition catalogue of 1974.
1970Family reasonsFamily reasons force him to return to Cyprus in 1970. During this year he takes part in the 2nd Cultural Festival organized by the Limassol Municipality and one of his paintings attracts the attention of the Mayor of Rhodes who expresses an interest to acquire it on behalf of the Municipal Art Gallery of Rhodes. As a result, the painting is donated by the Artist. The same year he produces one of his, according to him, most important paintings made with the use of his special tempera technique titled the "Girl's profile" (1970).
1. The letter of the Mayor of Rhodes thanking the artist for his donation of his painting to the Art Gallery of Rhodes.
1977"Limassol Port" PaintingOne of his paintings depicting the Limassol Port, is selected by the Cyprus Government to become a stamp of the Cyprus Republic. During this period (1977-78) he produces a series of fourteen small sized paintings, using a new technique - a combination of tempera and acrylic - which he names as the "Small Collection". This collection is very dear to him and that is why he never exhibits it in any of his many exhibitions.
1. Study for the painting.
2. The painting appearing as the official stamp.
198412th of FebruaryAt a ceremony organised by the Municipality of Limassol, the Mayor of Limassol offers to him the gold key of the City of Limassol, in appreciation of his contribution to the Cultural and artistic life of Limassol and of Cyprus in general. 6 June: Looses the battle for life. Few months following his death, a new room at the Municipal Gallery of Limassol is named after him. December: his paintings and drawings are selected to appear on various journals, posters and handouts in connection to the celebrations for the “Year of Old Limassol".
1. The mayor of Limassol giving the gold medal.
2. The Minister of Finance congratulating the artist.
3. Drawings of the artist appearing on the first day covers, issued in connection.
198922nd of MayIn memory of the five years after his death, gallery "Argo" organizes an art exhibition at their premises in Nicosia, the inauguration of which is carried out by the Minister of Interior Mr Chrisodoulos Veniamin. The Mayor of Limassol Mr Antonis Hadjipavlou also addresses the event. During the exhibition a limited number of his latest paintings are presented as well as some of his drawings.
1. The invitation for the exhibition.
2. Relevant article in connection to the event.
1991Artists funeralIn memory of the seven years since the Artist’s passing away, the Mayor of Limassol names a public square after the name of the Artist. The square is located opposite the house where he lived. Within the square a sculpture of the Artist’ is placed, the inauguration of which is made by the Minister of Education Mr Christoforos Christofides at a ceremony at the site.
1. The Minister of Education Dr. Chr. Christofides giving his speech.
2. The Artist’s son Stelios addressing the meeting.