Artist’s Curriculum Vitae

Theocharakis Vassilis

He is a graduate of the Law School of the National University of Athens. He served his Military Service as a Reserve Officer. From the age of 15 he enters the family business. At the same time he practiced painting for five years with Spyros Papaloukas, professor of the Athens School of Fine Arts. He presented his painting for the first time in 1957 at the World Youth Festival in Moscow, as well as at the 5th Panhellenic Exhibition at the Zappeion.

The Group also has a significant presence with prestigious companies in both the shipping and construction sectors. He has more than 45 years of continuous and consistent business presence in Greece and has been repeatedly distinguished. Apart from his business activities, he is also a well-known painter and has exhibited his works many times both in Greece and abroad. His works can be found in various public spaces and museums, such as the National Gallery of Greece, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many private collections.

Important albums have been published on his works. Enthusiastic reviews of his work are also published from time to time. The well-known art historian Dora Iliopoulou Rogan says of his art among other things “… V. T. paints landscapes of the imagination, landscapes abstract and yet surprising landscapes to be decoded, here a naval battle, there a fortress abandoned to the flames, a valley submerged, strange and mysterious, a storm apocalyptic. B. Th. abandons the external impressions of the world to introduce us to his own expressionistic and imaginary world. That of his own imagination..” and elsewhere”. His valuable multifaceted visual work could be deservedly and rightfully elicited by an “expert” – critic, art historian, etc. – the opinion that “pastiche” is everything else that Theocharakis is engaged in besides painting …”. ” … The painting of B. I.’s painting is, in principle, a perspective reinterpretation of the landscape. Sinking views, abbreviated views, oblique views, inverted views. Little does the order of the world, the order of things matter, it is only the vision one has that counts. And this vision is dictated by one’s own inner landscape. The eye thus reconstitutes a new order.”

He is Chairman of Marfin – Egnatia Bank, of which he was a founding member. The Bank’s shares have been traded on the Athens Stock Exchange since August 1999. He is also Chairman and one of the main shareholders of the Metropolitan Hospital of Athens, which is a state-of-the-art private sector hospital in Greece. Today, Theocharakis Group of Companies is one of the largest private sector groups in Greece. For his overall artistic and business contribution he has been honoured by the French Government with the title of “Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour”. Since 2007, he is co-founder with his wife of the Marina and Vassilis Theocharakis Foundation, a restored building on Merlin and B. Sophia that adorns the centre of Athens and has changed the cultural life of our city.

He has served on official state committees and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Arts and Crafts.