Pavlos Vrellis C.V.

          For this reason, he gained little experience in busts, with the little knowledge of anatomy, osteology he made part of himself painstakingly. It was then he got engaged in carving, mainly on upright and oblique wood, using tools he made himself. Some of his work of linoleum technique was published on local newspapers of the time.
          His keen observation and love for this subject, as well as his faith in art and life were his driving forces. Thus, pursuing his dream, he got into the School of Fine Arts in 1949. Unfortunately, his military service during the civil war left him psychological scars; what is more, the whole course of his career, which he painstakingly had started to pursue, fell behind.
          As an artist-creator he begins to explore various paths. With clay and patinas of his own, he creates fruit almost identical to natural ones; he sketches whatever seems intriguing and tests himself in painting and carving, receiving laudatory reviews on part of professors who wanted to keep him in their classes.
          After doing his military service, he went on with his studies and at the same time he exercised at Fokianos Gym and participated in games, gaining distinctions as a pole vault athlete - 'Aktia' 1950 and 'Dodonea' 1950. His quest did not end at the art he chose and the sports he loved; he also attended classes of Byzantine music and took elocution lessons.
Some of these activities had to be broken up as the classes at the school of Fine Arts became more and more demanding.           Later on, he would admit this break was to the best as it enabled him to perfect his Art.
          He was taught artistic anatomy by Apostolakis -on corpses just like  medicine students did, and according  to him, this knowledge became the 'correct spelling' of his work. He was taught History of Art by Pantelis Prevelakis, who told him of the proposal by the eminent English sculptor Henry Moore to be his supervisor. His response was that since 'nothing can grow beneath a big tree', he wished to be an autonomous unit and he himself be a reference point with his work.