Dimitris Mytaras, a Well Known Greek Painter, Dead at 83

A work by Dimitris Mytaras, Glory, image from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Florina, West Macedonia, Greece. Photo by Vlas2000 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

ATHENS – Greek painter Dimitris Mytaras passed away at the age of 83 on Thursday, February 16 due to serious health issues which had resulted in the loss of his eyesight, as reported by ANA-MPA.

“If you remove Myraras from the Greek history of art, then you know it will be poorer,” the Director of the National Gallery Marina Lambraki-Plaka has stated once about the great painter.

Born 1934 in Chalkida, he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Yiannis Moralis. He continued his studies in stage design at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

From 1964 till 1972, he directed the Interior Decoration Workshop of the Athens Technological Institute. He has participated in more than 30 international group shows, including the 1972 Venice Biennale.

Mytaras was also selected to create one of the official posters for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Born in the city of Chalkida, 80 km north of Athens, in 1934, Mytaras studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts and then stage design and internal decoration in Paris in the 1960s.

He had been professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts since the 1970s and served as a rector in the early 1980s. He had been a member of the Athens Academy since 2008.

TSIPRAS & MITSOTAKIS ON MYTARAS

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras commented on the passing of painter Dimitris Mytaras, saying: “An important representative of Greek painting left us tonight. Goodbye Dimitris Mytaras.”

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed on Thursday his condolences to the family of painter Dimitris Myraras, who passed away at the age of 83, saying the country lost one of its most brilliant artists.

“Greece lost today one of its most brilliant artists. A gifted man, an academic of international stature, a teacher of painting. With his stance in life and his creations, Dimitris Mytaras honoured our country in a way that few people have,” he said. “To his family I extend by warmest condolences.”