Theofylaktopoulos Makis (1939)
He studied at the School of Fine Arts under Yannis Moralis, graduating in 1965. From 1969 to 1974 he lived and worked in Lausanne, Paris and then New York, on a grant from the Ford Foundation. Since 1988 he has been teaching painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.
He has presented his work in solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, among which are the Alexandria Biennale of 1977 and the Brussels Europalia in 1982.
Influenced by social problems, he has focused his interest on human beings, the central motif in all his painting, while the motorcyclist has become the main symbolic figure of his entire oeuvre. Gradually distancing himself from realistic depiction, he experimented for a while with the techniques of the avant garde, but in the end opted for a style based on expressionism.