Panayotis D. Cangelaris - Greek Diplomat and Collector




"Fourfold Landscape" by Dimitris Mitaras

"Fourfold Landscape", 1980
By Dimitris Mitaras (1934-2017)
Acrylic on canvas, 145Χ200 cm.
Inv. No.: P-19


 "Panayotis Cangelaris" by Dimitris Mitaras

"Panayotis Cangelaris", 1982
By Dimitris Mitaras (1934-2017)
Oil on canvas, 100Χ150 cm.
Inv. No.: P-27


"Dogs No.4" by Dimitris Mitaras

"Dogs Νο 4", 2001
By Dimitris Mitaras (1934-2017)
Acrylic on canvas, 80Χ60 cm.
Inv. No.: P-132

  DIMITRIS MITARAS (1934-2017)

Born at Chalkis, Dimitris Mitaras studied painting with Yannis Moralis and Spiros Papaloukas at the School of Fine Arts, Athens (1953-1957), where he was awarded with several Prizes.  With a state scholarship he studied (1957) the folklore art on the Island of Mytelene and later attended lessons on stage scenery at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and interior design at the École des Métiers d'Art, in Paris (1960-1964).  He had his first solo exhibition in Athens (1961).  Other one-man and group shows in Greece and abroad followed, including the  Pan-Hellenic for Young Artists, the Biennales of Alexandria, Paris, Sao Paolo and Venice a.o.  Since 1964, he taught at the Athens Technological Institute (Doxiadis School) and in 1975 he was elected professor at the School of Fine Arts of which he was the Dean (1982-1985).  In 1978 he founded the Chalkis Art Workshop.  He was awarded with the 1st Prize at the Pan-Hellenic Exhibitions for Young Artists (1958 and 1961), as well as with the Young Artists Prize of the Poster Contest in 1961.  In 2008 he was elected permanent member of the Academy of Athens.  He was named Commander of the Order of the Phoenix and was awarded the Gold Medal of the City of Chalkis (2008).  He had designed the stage scenery for a series of theater performances and had decorated many public places.  Moving from a sort of expressionist abstraction towards a critical realist character and trying to correlate the metaphysic painting with surrealist perceptions, he succeeded in forming a particularly recognizable personal artistic style.  Dimitris Mitaras passed away in Athens (2017).

P.D.Cangelaris, Reflections upon Greek Contemporary Painting, The Cangelaris Collection, vol.1 and 3, Athens 1991 and 2015








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