The little fisherman, 1940
A painter and print-maker. He was a pupil of the painter Nikolaos Lytras, continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden under F. Dorsch for painting and R. Muller for print-making (1918 - 1926), and at various independent Academies in Paris (1926 - 1927).
When he returned to Greece, he became the artistic director of the K. G. Aspiotis lithographic company in Corfu (1930 - 1933). He also did book illustrations and prints for postage stamps. Yiannoukakis assimilated realistic, Expressionist and Cubist influences into his work with creativity. He used a combination of printing techniques in a very individual way, and may have been the first print-maker in Greece to use unconventional colour in his engravings.
In The Little Fisherman of 1940, Giannoukakis leaves the background free and concentrates on the design of the child's figure and on its highly characteristic, almost monumental, movement. After 1950, when Yannoukakis had now shaped his individual and personal style, he returned to the subject and added landscape features to the background which create a contrast with the boy's very finely worked figure.