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Kostas Argyropoulos was born in Kavalla, Greece in 1939.

At the age of 5, Kostas fell ill with polio, which affected one of his arms and one of his legs. Being crippled as a small child, Kostas was often teased by other children and had difficulty walking and being a normally active kid. He would use two umbrellas as crutches to hobble around and regain some movement.

When Kostas was slightly older he began to exercise more to strengthen his weak limbs. He would run and climb up mountains near his home. Along the way he would find pieces of wood, fallen branches and dead trees, that he would bring home with him. His early carvings were made with a pocket knife and stones to sand down the wood.

Through exercise and persistence Kostas forced the illness out of his own limbs to give himself a normal life. Kostas…

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  • Born on July 30
  • Joined June 23, 2012

Favorite materials

wood, stain, oil, metal

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About

Kostas Argyropoulos was born in Kavalla, Greece in 1939.

At the age of 5, Kostas fell ill with polio, which affected one of his arms and one of his legs. Being crippled as a small child, Kostas was often teased by other children and had difficulty walking and being a normally active kid. He would use two umbrellas as crutches to hobble around and regain some movement.

When Kostas was slightly older he began to exercise more to strengthen his weak limbs. He would run and climb up mountains near his home. Along the way he would find pieces of wood, fallen branches and dead trees, that he would bring home with him. His early carvings were made with a pocket knife and stones to sand down the wood.

Through exercise and persistence Kostas forced the illness out of his own limbs to give himself a normal life. Kostas believes that wood carving is his way of bringing life back into the dead pieces of wood. Many of his carvings are influenced by Greek mythology as well as a sense of joy and a great pleasure of life.

Hopefully you will enjoy these sculptures as much as Kostas enjoys making them.

Please don't hesitate to ask questions, send requests for sculptures, or changes.

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