Born in 1948, in the foothills of northern Greece near Ioannina, Dimitrios Klitsas attended the Ioannina Technical School, where he received a formal, intensive education in classical design and wood carving techniques. Moving to Athens upon graduation, he apprenticed to the acclaimed master wood carver Evangelos Moshos for five years. He then opened his first shop in Athens and worked there for the following five years. In 1974, he emigrated to the United States. The maturation of his art represents a melding of his foundation in classical sculpture and the fulfillment of years of experience, growth and development.
In 1994, Dimitrios was awarded the Arthur Ross Award from Classical America in recognition for ornamental woodwork chiefly in residences in the classical tradition.
The Arthur Ross Awards are presented annually to a painter, sculptor, architect, landscape architect/gardener, architectural renderer, or craftsman whose mature work has exhibited a continued excellence and integrity in its application of classical ideals and canons.
In 2015, Dimitrios also received an official citation from the Massachusetts State Senate for being awarded the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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Click here for an article "BRINGING LIFE TO ARCHITECTURE THROUGH THE CLASSICAL ART OF HAND CARVED ORNAMENT", published in Clem Labine's Period Homes Magazine Winter 2001.
Click here to see Dimitrios Klitsas featured in the television series "Making It Here" from WGBY, public television for Western New England.
As seen in Architectural Digest, December, 1991.
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