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TAKIS (VASSILAKIS) was born in 1925 in Athens. Preferring, as a matter of principle, to teach himself rather study in an institution, he left Greece in 1954 and lived as a citizen of the world, traveling through Europe and the USA. Starting in 1946, from his earliest years as a sculptor, Takis was interested in natural phenomena: stones molded by time and river water, the unexpected shapes taken by exploding metals. He regarded them as sculpture. Some of his earliest manifestations consisted of explosions carried out in open places. From 1954 to 1959 he lived in Paris, the Cote d’ Azur and London. In 1955 he exhibited sculptures in the round at the Hanover Gallery, London, and the Galerie Furstenberg, Paris.