Dino Kotopoulis

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Dino Kotopoulis (born 1932) is an American artist. A retrospective of his works, Metropolis of Kotopoulis, was held through September 15, 2013 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art.[1][2] Kotopoulis moved to the Tampa Bay area in the 1985.[2][3] Kotopoulis does paintings and 3-dimensional work. He is known for his humorous characature drawings and sculptures. He works the drawings into finished paintings as well as sculptures in wood and metal.[3]

Kotopoulis was born in Brooklyn, New York to Greek immigrant parents.[4] He attended the Pratt Institute in New York City on scholarship at the age of 8. In classes with adults he became intimidated and withdrew before later returning to the school before and after serving as a medic in the U.S. Marine Corps.[4]

Kotopoulis did graphic design and animation work for advertising firms in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for more than 20 years, including for StarKist's "Charlie the Tuna" brand {created by Tom Rogers of the Leo Burnett Agency} for which he won a coveted Clio award.[3][citation needed] Then he started his own animation company, produicing contract work for Disney, Universal Studios, Hanna Barbera Cartoons and Depati-Freeland.[4]

In 1985, he moved to Safety Harbor, Florida to take care of his mother. He opened a studio and produced oversized metal yard art. He also made his "Egos", stylized human forms worked into chairs and headboards. Much of his work is commission based.[4] He has also lived and worked on the eastern shore of Alabama.[4]


  1. ^ Page 29W August 22, 2013 Tampa Bay Times
  2. ^ a b The whimsy of Dino kotopoulis; A retrospective Paradise News
  3. ^ a b c LRMA features work of artists Lin Carte, Dino Kotopoulis July 31 St. Petersburg College News
  4. ^ a b c d e Robin Fitzhugh Get to know Dino Kotopoulos November 24, 2010 Press-Register (Alabama)