In the years immediately following the end of WWII, a small group of American painters seized the mantle of artistic innovation from Europe--primarily Paris--and rose to national and international preeminence. Aristodimos Kaldis was a charter member of "The Club," the so-called New York School artists. This group included DeKooning, Gorky, Kline, Paul Resika, Mary Abbott and Adolph Gottlieb, among others, all of whom Kaldis had known since the 1930s.
Possessed of an outsized personality and vocal left-wing politics, Kaldis was known artistically for his lyrical, colorful, abstracted and semi-primitive visions of his native Greek countryside. Critic Hilton Kramer was particularly enamored of his work and called his Pan-Hallenic Landscape of 1951 "...one of the best American paintings of its period."
Kaldis was the receipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships. He showed at the Whitney and Museum of Modern Art, among others. His work is in the collection of The Barnes Foundation and the Guggenheim, among others.