Greek artist Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, the United States Sports Academy’s 2002 Sport Artist of the Year, was recently awarded “Guirlande d’Honneur,” the highest honor presented by the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS).
During this year’s 18th International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens “Art-Athina 2013,” FICTS President Dr. Franco Ascani presented Valyraki the award for her contributions and excellence in cinema, television and sports culture.
Valyraki was a featured artist at this year’s famous Art-Athina exhibit held May 16-19 at the shorefront of Athens, Greece, in Faliro Pavilion – a former Taekwondo Olympic Games venue. With the help of Ikastikos Kiklos Art Gallery, Valyraki presented her work, “Suns in the Sunset,” which is still on display at the gallery.
Launched in 1993 by the Hellenic Art Galleries Association, Art-Athina promotes Greek contemporary art creation and is now the largest annual international visual art event in Greece, attracting more than 18,000 visitors.
More of Valyraki’s artwork will be featured in the exhibition, “Art and Cars – Mina On Park Lane,” at the Bob Forstner Pagani showroom in London beginning June 19. Valyraki, who is the official artist for Lamborghini, Ferrari and Formula 1, will display much of her well-known car artwork at the exhibit.
Some of Valyraki’s colorful and vibrant artworks can be seen at the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) in Daphne, Ala. ASAMA’s collection features nearly 20 pieces by Valyraki.
ASAMA is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature and is arguably the largest sport art collection in the world. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at One Academy Drive in Daphne, Ala. For more information about the Academy’s sport art museum, please visit the website.