One of Greece’s most important artists, Dimitris Mytaras, passed away on Thursday at age 83. Mytaras was the most renowned contemporary Greek painter while his works were showcased globally. During the time of the Greek military junta of 1967-1974, Mytaras sought to comment critically on Greek life through a series of realistic works entitled Photographic Documents. In later life he turned towards classical themes.
Dimitris Mytaras was born in 1934 in Chalkis. From 1953 till 1957, Mytaras studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Yiannis Moralis. Later on he studied 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. Since 1975 he has been teaching at the Painting Workshop of the Athens School of Fine Arts. Mytaras has participated in more than 30 international group shows, including the 1972 Venice Biennale. Mytaras died on 16 February 2017 following major health complications, He was 83.
Mytaras was selected to create one of the official posters for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.