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BIOGRAPHY of fani floca spyratou

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Fani Floca-Spyratou (1924-2006), daughter of the well-known Thessaloniki confectioner and chocolate maker Dimitris Flocas, was born in Thessaloniki. 

Her strong inclination towards painting began to show since her early childhood. In 1939 she moved with her family to Athens, where her father inaugurated what was to become the famous “Floca” restaurant and pastry shop. It was there that the Greek artistic and secular elite had been meeting for decades. The current position of the ex "Floca" is now occupied by the ground floor of the Attica department store. 

In her new city now, Fani Floca, after finishing high school at that time, entered the Athens School of Fine Arts having as her teacher Umbertos Argyros. 

After her graduation, and for the next twenty years she had as her teacher and mentor the well-known Thalassographer Constantinos Romanidis. 

She has held many solo exhibitions in Athens. also exhibited with great success at the Salon des Independants as well as the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris, where she received outstanding reviews from French critics. 

She also exhibited with great success and excellent reviews in London, at the Cooling Galleries on New Bond street. 

Finally, she won the First Prize for her participation in a group exhibition in Salisbury, Rhodesia, Southern Africa. 

Her works can be found in the Municipal Museum of Piraeus, in the Municipal Museum of Thessaloniki, in the City Hall of Thessaloniki, as well as in the City Hall of Athens - portraits.

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