1916 Born July 30th in Constantinople of Greek-Italian descent.
1922 The Prassinos family flees from Turkey to settle in France,
in Nanterre near Paris. Lycée, Faculté de Lettres, École
des Langues Orientales. In between the age of 18 and 23, Prassinos is
involved in the surrealist experience together with his sister Gisèle
1927 Death of his mother, Victorine Prassinos.
1936 Death of his father, Lysandre Prassinos, who until 1922 was
a French teacher and the publisher of the magazine Logos in Constantinople.
The family moves to Paris.
1938 Death of his grand-father, Prétextat Leconte, later
to become the subject of a series of paintings LES PRÉTEXTATS.
First solo exhibition at the galerie Billiet-Vorms in Paris with a foreword
by René Char. Portraits of cats, warriors and women.
1939 Mario Prassinos volunteers for the war against the Nazis..
1942 to1950 Meets Raymond Queneau, Albert Camus. Joins the Éditions
Gallimard, does etchings to illustrate texts by Queneau, Sartre, Apollinaire,
1947 First scenography for stage director Jean Vilar at the T.N.P.
National People's Theatre and at the Festival d'Avignon.
1948 First exhibition at the Galerie Billiet-Caputo, later to
become the Galerie de France.
1949 Series of paintings TROUPEAUX (Herds). Acquires French nationality.
1951 Purchase of a house in Eygalières (Provence). Beginning
of the ALPILLES series.
1951-1975 Production of more than 150 tapestry cartoons woven
at Aubusson, les Gobelins and Beauvais Manufactures and exhibited at
the Galerie La Demeure in Paris from 1956 to 1974.
1953 Wood engravings and copper etchings for The Raven by Edgar
1953 to 1976 Frequent exhibitions at the Galerie de France in
1957 to 1960 BOUQUETS and LES CYPRÈS (the Cypresses)
series (oil on canvas).
1958 Extended stay in Greece in the island of Spetses. Indian
ink and oil painting on paper: les CYPRÈS DE SPETSAI.
1959 The ARBRES (the Trees) series, among which Meltem. PAYSAGES
1960 Set and costumes for Strindberg's Erik XIV, then, in 1963
for Verdi's Macbetto staged at the Scala de Milano.
1962 à 1975 Portrait work:
to 1964, portraits of BESSIE SMITH
to 1970, portraits of his grand-father PRÉTEXTAT
to 1975, portraits of his father: PÈRETEXTAT
to 1975, les SUAIRES (the Shrouds).
1969 Scenography for the ballet Eonta with music by Iannis Xenakis.
1970 to 1980 Work on the PAYSAGES TURCS (Turkish Landscapes)
1973 Publication of his first book Les Prétextats,
published by Gallimard, Paris.
1976 Extended stay at Mycenae in Greece where he starts writing
his second book La Colline Tatouée (The Tattooed Hill). The book
is published by Grasset in Paris in 1983.
1977 Set and costumes for Cripure by Louis Guilloux, staged by
Marcel Maréchal in Marseille and Paris.
1979 Important exhibition at the French Institute in Athens.
1980 Exhibition of the series PAYSAGES TURCS at the Grand Palais
1980 to1984 Several hundred oil paintings on paper developing
the theme of the tree (LES ARBRES).
1981 Set and costumes for Verdi's Otello staged at the opera
houses of Marseille and Avignon.
1983 Retrospective exhibition in Aix en Provence.
1984 Exhibition at the French Institute in Athens, in Rhodes
and Thessalonica (Greece).
1985 Mario Prassinos paints the PEINTURES DU SUPPLICE (paintings
of the suffering) for the walls of a roman chapel in Saint Rémy