Mytaras funeral to be held on Monday, at public expense

The funeral of Greek painter and academic Dimitris Mytaras will be held at public expense by order of Interior Minister Panos Skourletis. The funeral will take place on Monday at noon, at Athens 1st Cemetery.

Mytaras passed away at the age of 83 on Thursday due to serious health issues which had resulted in the loss of his eyesight.

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

Born in 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.

Meanwhile, the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) said on Friday it will remain closed on Monday (Feb. 20) as a sign of mourning for the passing of Dimitris Mytaras.

“Dimitris Mytaras was a multidimensional artist and one of those who dominated the Greek art scene, particularly in the 70s and 80s. His students, the professors of ASFA and the entire academic community express their warm condolences to his wife Hariklia and his son Aristidis,” the School’s Rectorate said in a statement.