Mina Papatheodorou Valirakis was born in Athens.
1975 – 1980, Graduation with distinction in painting and theoretical studies at the SUPREME SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS of the NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, under Professor Yiannis Moralis
1981, Scholarship – Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs-post graduate studies in history of Art, UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE, ITALY.
1986 PHD, University of Florence, ITALY “PERFEZIONAMENTO IN STORIA DELL” Arte Medievale e Moderna”.
She has presented her work in more than 60 one woman shows in Greece, Italy, USA, Brussels, Spain, China, UAE, France, etc, as well as group exhibitions from 1983 till now.
1998 AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI official artist by her commemorative work of art “LA STORIA DELLA LAMBORGHINI, 35 years anniversary” – painting of 18 m.sq.
2000, Monte Carlo-Monaco, VILLA LES AIGLES, personal exhibition, “58th Grand Prix”.
2001, she presented her Artwork in the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS OF WASHINGTON, where her painting “Still life in yellow” was approved and acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum in U.S.A.
2002, Florida, Miami, One woman show, JOANNE COIA’S GALLERY.
2002, SALT LAKE CITY, OLYMPIC GAMES, one woman show in collaboration with the USSA.
2002, San Marino, PALAZZO DEI CONGRESSI-RIMINI, “Arte e Movimento”.
2002 July, 30 anniversary United States Sports Academy, personal exhibition ASAMA MUSEUM ALABAMA-USSA AWARD.
2003 September, official stamps of the Greek post office featuring sport themes for the Athens Olympics 2004.
2003 September, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, personal exhibition, “2004 Olympic Games” presented by the OLYMPIC CHAMPION AND EUROPEAN DEPUTY PIETRO MENNEA, and EUROPEAN DEPUTY FOR EDUCATION VIVIAN REDING.
2003 November, the UN adapted the Olympic Truce resolution for the duration of the Games, Greece – through the Foreign Minister George Papandreou -, donated the monumental work “OLYMPIC TRUCE“, signed by 23 women Olympic champions to the UN. During the official ceremony, UN General Secretary MR. KOFI ANNAN accepted the gift in the presence of IOC PRESIDENT MR. JACQUES ROGUE.
2004 May, Cyprus, one woman at the “Intercollege” of Nicosia.
2004 May, one woman show at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation in Nafplio.
2004 May, Monte Carlo, “Villa Les Aigles” on the occasion of the FORMULA I GRAND PRIX, IN MONACO.
2003, MPV granted the “XENIOS ZEYS” award by GREEK TOURISM ORGANIZATION for the promotion of Greece in the abroad.
2004, MPV makes the official calendar of Olympic Games “ATHENS 2004” as well as some of the official posters of the Games. In October 2004, she is granted the “Guirlande d’ Honeur” award for her offer in the Art for the Sports, from the President of the Italian Republic, in the Festival Arts Sport Movies and TV in Milan.
2005 April, one woman show, SAKHIR TOWEL, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BAHRAIN on the occasion of the 2nd F1 races in Bahrain.
2006 February, TORINO OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES, PALAZZO STUPINIGI, exhibition of her artwork “Olympic Truce” under the offices of International Institution of Olympic Truce.
2006 September, one woman show, METAMORFOSIS ART GALLERY, under the offices of Municipality of Thesalloniki – “41th DHMHTRIA 2006“, at the OLD ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (Jeni Tzami), “The City under Construction – Harbors – Cranes“.
2006, October, “The City under Construction – Harbors – Cranes“, MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF MODERN ARTS OF THESSALONIKI.
2006, May, “Art Fair of NIMES“, FRANCE “ART FAIR VIGO” in Spain.
2006, November, GAUDI ART GALLERY in Madrid.
2007, June, one woman show, “The City under construction” at the GALLERY CITRONNE, Poros Island.
2007 November, one woman show, the MUSEUM OF TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE IN THESSALONIKI.
Since 2007 has been elected member of the Board of Trustees at the United States Sports Academy – America’s Sports University.
2008, “MELINA MERKOURI” cultural foundation, “ART IN THE ART – ACTORS and PAINTERS”
2008 June, JINTAI ART MUSEUM of Beijing, on the occasion of Beijing Olympic Games, a retrospective exhibition.
2008, SHANGHAI MUSEUM of contemporary art.
2008, 3rd International Art Biennale of Beijing.
2008 November, “Guirlande D’ Honneur” award of the “Sports Movies & TV 2008-26th Milano International FICTS Festival”.
2009 March, Athens, one woman show, “Metallic Reflections”, EIKASTIKOS KYKLOS ART GALLERY.
2010 July, Florence, FRASCIONE ARTE GALLERY, “Football Portraits” on the occasion of the World Cup 2010.
2010 October, Thessaloniki, one-woman show titled “City Reflections” in ARTION Gallery.
2012 February, NATIONAL MUSEUM WOMEN IN THE ARTS IN WASHINGTON “An evening in Monte Carlo” art exhibition and auction.
2012 May, NAMOS-NATIONAL ART MUSEUM OF SPORTS, Exhibition “Speed & motion racing to the finish line” on the occasion of the Indy 500, Indianapolis.
2012 September, Joanne Coia Gallery, PEARL’S BOUTIQUE HOTEL, Newport, Boston.
2013 May, ART ATHINA 2013, with EIKASTIKOS KYKLOS Gallery, Athens.
2013 June-October, London, One woman show “ART AND CARS”, at the PAGANI-BOB FORSTNER-PARK LANE showroom Mayfair, London.
2013 June-September, Florence, Frascione Art Gallery.
2014 July-August, Greece, Cyclades Island of Syros – “Journeys-Intersections” – At the National Gallery of Cyclades.
2014 October, Greece, Athens – “Velocita F1 2014” – Golden Hall.
2015 January, “IOC Trophy 2014 – Art and Sport” Award by the International Olympic Committee in HOC, first time given to an artist & solo exhibition at the HOC venue.
2015, May, Launch of her silk scarves-poset-clutches-art objects (applied art) under the brand name “TDS+MINA P.V.”, inspired by the Artist’s famous F1 vehicle thematology and produced by the President of TDS (the Driver Society), James Hazen in USA.
Her works are exhibited internationally in private collections and museums such us the OLYMPIC MUSEUM OF LAUSANNE, the UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS – NEW YORK, the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS – Washington, the “LAMBORGHINI AUTOMOBILI” HEADQUARTERS and MUSEUM in Sant’ Agata Bolognese, ITALY, the OLYMPIC MUSEUM OF BARCELONA, the JEAN TODT-FERRARI MUSEUM – FRANCE, the JINTAI ART MUSEUM of Beijing, CHINA, the NATIONAL ART MUSEUM of SPORTS (NAMOS), in Indianapolis-USA, the ASAMA MUSEUM of the UNITED STATES SPORT ACADEMY (the biggest sport Art collection) – Alabama, USA, the SAKHIR TOWER Kingdom of Bahrain, FIAT HEADQUARTERS ITALY, FERRARI GENESIS Athens, GREECE, the TRIDENT CARS LTD Maserati – Lamborghini S.p.A.
Personal friend and supporter of her Art, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, since 1986, he was the one to propose her as a member of the Critic Committee of the “Barcelona Biennal Esportistes en l’ Art” from 1989, and she was announced and Presented by him to be the honorary Sport Artist to exhibit at the “Biennale of Barcelona “during the Olympic Games of 1992 in Spain.
Her paintings “The high jump” and the “Hurdles” belong to the Permanent Collection since 1986 and 1992 in Lausanne at the Olympic museum – Chateau de Vidy, at the J A. Samaranch personal Bureaus as well as in many museums in the world.
GREECE: NATIONAL GALLERY in Athens, NATIONAL BANK of GREECE, PIREAUS BANK, GENERAL BANK of GREECE, Museums under the patronage of PIREAUS BANK, MUSEUM OF CERAMICS in VOLOS, MUSEUM OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTS AND ENVIRONMENT, Stymfalia, KORINTHOS, TINOS MARBLE MUSEUM: THE MUSEUM OF MARBLE CRAFTS in Tinos, CYCLADES, VORRES MUSEUM in Athens, AVEROF MUSEUM in Metsovo, FLORINA CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM and in many private collections.
She lives and works in Athens, GREECE and Florence, ITALY.