Lazarus Pechlivanidis Biography

Lazaros Pechlivanidis was born in Germany in 1963. He lived there until the age of 13. He got involved with the art of hagiography at the age of 19 and he started as self-taught.

A significant point to his evolution as a hagiographer was the artistic guidance he received at the Monastery of Xenophon in Mount Athos where he stayed for quite a long time. His deep involvement with the sacred art of hagiography during his staying at the Monastery and his apprenticeship into its secrets by the hagiographers Father Luke and Father David, gave him the utmost love for what he does until today.

A major point to his course was his training next to Father Paul, who at that time was the Abbot of the Cloister of Saint Andrew on Mount Athos, who stood by his side not only as a teacher but also as a spiritual father both at a professional and at a personal level and who has inspired him to fully devote to his work as a hagiographer.

What defines Lazaros Pechlivanidis as an artist and has set his mark at the Modern Hagiography, is his ability that by remaining faithful to the Byzantine tradition and getting inspired by the ecclesiastical texts, he can compose new images and scenes based on the lives and martyrdoms of the saints which have not yet been imprinted. During his 34 years artistic career he created hagiographies for the following Monasteries and Churches.

  • Varlaam Holy monastery in Meteora
  • Holly Trinitri monastery in Meteora
  • Monastery Koroni in Karditsa
  • New Skete of Mount Athos
  • Holy cell Thomades (Small St. Anna)
  • Holy cell Saints Anargyroi at Athos Mountain
  • Monastery of St. Panteleimon (Jerusalem)
  • Holy Church of St. Nicholas in Lagyna
  • Holly Church of Saints Constantine and Helena in Assiros Thessaloniki
  • Holly Church of five and ten martyrs in Kilkis
  • Holly Church of fathers at Meteora in Kalampaka
  • Assumption (kalandra)
  • Church of Saint Athanasius (Adendro)
  • Holly Church of saint Paraskevi in Menemenis
  • Holly Church of saint Georios in Kordelio