|Born||24 September 1878|
Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greece
|Died||6 June 1960 (aged 81)|
|Other names||Greek: Σπυρίδων Βικάτος|
Spyridon Vikatos was born in Argostoli, Cephalonia, in 1878. He was assisted by the German Archbishop of Athens to study painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he was taught by Nikiforos Lytras and Spyridon Prosalentis. He went on to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich where he studied with Nikolaos Gyzis and Ludwig von Löfftz. He was awarded the silver medal and a prize in a drawing competition in 1903. He returned to Athens and taught at the School of Fine Arts from 1909 until 1940. Yiannis Spyropoulos and Victor Ioannides were among his pupils. Another of his pupils was Sophia Laskaridou. He died in Athens in 1960.
Vikatos mainly painted portraits and genre subjects. His paintings show the influence of German academicism and also of the 17th century Flemish School. To a lesser extent he painted historical and religious compositions, still lifes, landscapes. He is noted for his depictions of old people, either alone or in larger compositions.
Vikatos participated in solo, group and international exhibitions, including the Bordeaux International Exposition in 1907 (gold medal), Rome in 1911, Paris in 1937 and the Venice Biennale in 1934 and 1936. in 1937 he received the national Medal of Arts and Letters, and in 1951 the Academy of Munich elected him an honorary member of the Fine Arts. Some of his work is held by the Municipal Art Gallery of Ioannina and the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania.
- Βικάτος Σπύρος, National Gallery of Greece, retrieved 2016-02-18
- Δημοτική Πινακοθήκη (in Greek), Municipality of Ioannina, retrieved 2016-02-14
- Λασκαρίδου Σοφία (in Greek), National Gallery of Greece, retrieved 2016-02-21
- Spyropoulos Yannis, National Gallery of Greece, retrieved 2016-02-18
- The Cyprus Collection: Gambler, AG Leventis Gallery, retrieved 2016-02-18
- Theodore Kaloumenos, One hundred years of painting, Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, retrieved 2016-02-18
- "Vikatos Spyridon", Nikias, retrieved 2016-02-17