Papatheodorou Grigoris (1929-2022) was born in Agrinio in 1929 and grew up in Patras. A self-taught painter, he engaged in various branches of art from a young age, including signage, store decorations, church decorations, iconography, and theatre set design. From 1955 to 1966, he was the main builder of floats for the Patras Carnival. Meanwhile , he created some peculiar paintings only for himself.

In 1970, a solo exhibition was organised in London (Galleri Agora 1970) in his honor, receiving excellent reviews for his works and achieving great success. The Australian airline QANTAS immediately took on presenting his works in various parts of the world. Following this initial success, he held a series of solo exhibitions (Athens, Patras, London, Stockholm, Thessaloniki), as well as participating in numerous group exhibitions. In 1978, he received the first prize of Mediterranean Countries Tourism and Culture. In 1978, he received a letter from the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge requesting his biography. His name is listed in the “Who’s Who” of London.

He was a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and was elected President of the Association of Visual Arts Artists of Patras in 1990. In England, he painted a significant number of icons of the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Wood Green, London. This work was appointed to him by Archbishop Gregory of Great Britain from 1977-78. He was honored by the Municipality of Patras for his artistic contribution, as well as by the Naval Administration and the Nature Lovers Association of Patras, among other associations.

Grigoris Papatheodorou was a founding member of the “Kostis Palamas” Association of Fine Arts in Patras and was honored as its Honorary President for his artistic contributions and activities. He is a symbol, a prominent figure, and a great teacher for all of us.