The contemporary sculptor Joannis Avramidis was born as a son of Greek parents on 26 September 1922 in the Russian Batum on the Black Sea. After studying at the Staatliche Kunstschule in Batum, Avramidis moved to Vienna in 1943, where he studied painting from the Academy of Fine Arts at Robin Christian Andersen between 1945 and 1949. Subsequently he graduated from 1953 to 1956 the training as a sculptor with Fritz Wotruba.
With his monumental figures, which were abstracted by the human body, from circular segments, the artist already became famous in the late 1950s. Striving after a balance between the emphasis on the figure and the simultaneous abstraction of the form, Avramidis developed a highly independent style, following the model of Greek-archaic and classical sculptures. Other sources of inspiration were the works of artists such as Hans von Marées, Constantin Brancusi or Wilhelm Lehmbruck. Avramidis represented Austria in 1962 at the 31st Venice Biennial, together with Friedrich Hundertwasser, where the first meeting with Alberto Giacometti came. After his work as head of the class for drawing at the Viennese Academy and a guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Avramidis took over the management of the master class for sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1968 to 1992. His pupils included Reinhard Puch and Wolfgang Götzinger. Avramidis died in Vienna on January 16, 2016 at the age of 93. Avramidis was awarded the Austrian honorary mark for science and art in 1985 alongside the prize of the City of Vienna for Fine Arts (1964) and the Great Austrian State Prize for Fine Art (1973). In addition to numerous national and international exhibitions, the Leopold Museum in Vienna in 2017 presented a retrospective of the artist.