Mina Papatheodorou-Valiraki

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Mina Papatheodorou-Valiraki (Greek: Μίνα Παπαθεοδώρου-Βαλυράκη, translit. Mina Papatheodorou-Balyrake, transcr. Mina Papatheodorou Valiraki is a Greek painter specialising in sports-related subjects.


Valiraki was born in Athens, Greece.

From 1975 to 1980 she studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Professor Yiannis Moralis. In 1986 she received her Ph.D. from the University of Florence.[1] She is married to Sifis Valirakis, the former Greek Minister of Sport,[2] among other offices.

She is frequently listed as Mina Papatheodorou Valyraki in English, a spelling that combines elements of two approaches to transcribing Modern Greek names, alternatively she is sometimes listed by her maiden name of Mina Papatheodorou only, or as Mina Valirakis, using the nominative instead of the genitive form of her husband's surname. (See Greek surnames for more information on women's surname practices in Greece).


Valiraki's works are exhibited in the National Gallery in Athens, the Olympic Museum of Lausanne, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts of Washington, D.C., among others. Her one-woman shows include exhibitions at the Galleria Ca' d'Oro in Rome, 1993; the CART Art Gallery in Italy, 1999; and Monte Carlo, 2000, for the 58th Monaco Grand Prix. Her work "La Storia Della Lamborghini, 35 years" was commissioned by Automobili Lamborghini in June 1998 to decorate the industry's hall in Sant' Agata Bolognese, Italy, and has hung there since 1999.[1]

Valiraki's works were used as official posters for the 2002 Winter Olympics.[3]


  1. ^ a b "The United States Sports Academy and the American Sports Art Museum and Archives." Education 122.3 (Spring 2002): 445(6). Expanded Academic ASAP. Thomson Gale. University of Canterbury Library NZ. 5 Feb. 2007
  2. ^ Rosandich, Thomas P. "The Olympic Odyssey". The Sport Journal. United States Sports Academy. Archived from the original on 2007-01-01. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Culture minister to receive U.S. Sports Academy president". Daily News Bulletin in English. Athens News Agency. 2001-11-30. Retrieved 2007-02-06.