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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Folk Art: Folk Reliefs: Icon of Saint Mark
John W. Perates

John W. Perates

(born Amphiklia, Greece 1895 -- died Portland, ME 1970)

John Perates was born in Greece and raised in the Greek Orthodox Church. He trained with his grandfather to be a wood-carver and in 1912 moved to the United States to establish himself as a cabinetmaker. It was not until the 1930s that Perates felt he had a sound knowledge of the Bible, and could begin to carve religious icons.

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