Kyriakos Mortarakos was born on 7 February 1948 in Athens, Greece. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA (1972-1976) painting under Yannis Moralis, fresco under Kostas Xinopoulos, and stage design under Vassilis Vassiliadis. Since 2005 he is full professor at the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki at the Department of Visual Applied Arts. Since 2005 he is full professor at the School of Visual & Applied Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Kyriakos Mortarakos presented the following personal exhibitions: Agios Markos, Heraklio, Crete (1978); Ora Cultural Center, Athens (1979); Chryssothemis Art Gallery, Halandri, Athens (1981); Galerie Zygos, Athens (1984); Galerie Zygos, Athens (1986); Zygos Gallery, Washington D.C. (1986); Galerie 3, Athens (1990); Epikentro Contemporary Art Gallery, Patras (1991); Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (1994); Zena Athanassiadou Gallery, Thessaloniki (1997); F Gallery, Karditsa (1997); Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (1998); Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (2001); Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (2005); Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (2008). He also took part in the following group exhibitions: Panhellenic Exhibition, Athens (1973); Panhellenic Exhibition, Zappeion Megaron, Athens (1975); Young Artists Exhibition, Ora Cultural Center, Athens (1975); 150 Painters from the Eropean Union, Athens Conservatory, Athens (1982); Encounters, Klimaka Art Gallery, Korydallos, Athens (1985); Vorres Museum, Peania (1985); Itineraries, Dimitris Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, Glyfada (1985); Memories-Transformations-Quests, National Gallery, Athens (1985); Hellenic Fine Arts Today, Zygos Gallery, Washington, D.C. (1986); Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus (1987); Panhellenic Painting Exhibition, Piraeus (1987); Encounters-Pinpoints-Juxtapositions, Municipal Gallery, Athens (1988); Peinture Gréque, Brussels (1988); A Double Proposition for a New Approach, House of Cyprus, Athens (1989); A. Costopoulou - F. Sakelli - S. Politi - K. Mortarakos, Epikentro Contemporary Art Gallery , Patras (1990); VI International Pleinair: Hommage à Otto Dix, Rudolstadt, Gera, Germany (1990); Kunst Europa, Kunstverein Kunsthalle, Berlin (1991); Epikentro Contemporary Art Gallery in Arte Contemporáneo - ArCo, Madrid (1992); Welcome to Europe, Hjorring Kunst Museum, Denmark (1992); Epikentro Contemporary Art Gallery in Art Athina, Helexpo Palace, Athens (1993); Obedient to the Inner Word, House of Cyprus, Athens (1994); Epikentro Contemporary Art Gallery in Art Athina, Helexpo Palace, Athens (1994); Land of Afrodite, Nicosia, Cyprus (1994); Hommage to Pericles Pantazis, Evangelos Averoff Museum, Metsovo, Greece (1996); Metamorphosis Art Gallery, Thessaloniki (1997); Masters & Students, Astrolavos Art Galleries, Athens (1997); 42me Salon de Montrouge, Paris (1997); Aeschylia: Walking through Time, Elefsina, Greece (1998); Nees Morfes Gallery in Art Athina, Helexpo Palace, Athens (1998); Do we have anything in common?, Vafopoulio Cultural Center, Thessaloniki (1999); The Prodromos Emfietzoglou Collection: Modern & Contemporary Greek Art, Athens (1999); Zeitgenossische Kunst aus Griechenland, Central Bank of Europe, Frankfurt, Germany (1999); 40 Years Celebration, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (1999); Ideas & Idols, Marousi, Athens (2000); Nees Morfes Gallery in Art Athina, Helexpo Palace, Athens (2001); Conversation, School of Fine Arts, Madrid (2001); Classical Theater Festival, Merida, Spain (2001); The Christos Christofis Collection: Greek Painters, Triantafylli House, Athens (2002); Adamakos-Goulakos-Mortarakos, Zina Athanassiadou Art Gallery, Thessaloniki (2002); Poisons, Technopolis, Gazi, Athens (2002); I, Me, Myself, Rethymnon Center for Contemporary Art, Crete (2003); Minimalistic Conceptual Expressionism, Municipal Gallery, Karditsa (2004); The Markos Kogias Collection: Compasses, Municipal Gallery, Karditsa (2004); The Christos Christofis Collection: Anthropography, Academy of Thracian Art & Tradition, Xanthi (2004); Flowers in Contemporary Art, Benaki Museum, Athens (2006); Trans-Mission, Kardamili, Lefktra (2007); and Realia Mundi, Petros & Marina Kydonieos Foundation, Andros (2007).
Kyriakos Mortarakos continues to live and work in Athens.
[Megakles Rogakos 02/2009]
KIPREOS, ELENI Kyriakos Mortarakos: Are there New Colors in Painting? 2005 Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens
MORTARAKOS, KYRIAKOS Painting 2008 Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens