Dimitris MYTARAS Greek, 1934-2017
Dimitris Mytaras was born in Chalkida in 1934.
Between 1953 and 1957, he studied painting at the School of Fine Art, Athens under Spyros Papaloukas and Yiannis Moralis. On a Greek State Scholarship, he continued his studies in Paris, at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs where he studied stage design between 1961 and 1964.
His early work during the Greek military junta period (1967-1974) was dominated by critical realism featuring the use of photographic documents, a limited palette and a political narrative.
Immediately afterwards expressionistic elements and vivid colours would dominate his largely anthropocentric work. His tendency towards abstraction, his drawing freedom and colour tensions coexist with an acute painting perception. His emphasis on visual qualities throughout his work, reveals a deeper relationship with the traditional values of painting.
Mytaras collaborated as a stage and costume designer with major Greek theatre companies, such as the National Theatre of Greece and the National Theatre of Northern Greece. Additionally, he published essays on art and poetry.
Between 1964 and 1972 he taught interior design at the Athens Technological Institute. From 1969 onwards, he taught painting at the School of Fine Art, Athens where in 1977 he was appointed a professor and later, between 1982 to 1985, a dean.
In 2008, he became a member of the Academy of Athens, and in 2008 he was awarded the title of the ‘Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix’. In the same year he was awarded the gold medal of the city by the Municipality of Chalkida.
He has exhibited his work in many solo exhibitions both in Greece and abroad, and participated in more than 30 international group shows, including the Alexandria Biennale (1958, 1966); the Biennale for Young Artists, Paris (1960); the Sao Paolo Biennale (1966) and the Venice Biennale (1972).
Mytaras’ work can be found in The National Gallery of Greece, the Municipal Gallery of Athens, the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art, the National Bank of Greece and many other public and private collections.