Makis Theofylaktopoulos was born in Athens in 1939. He lived and worked abroad since 1969, mainly in Switzerland, France and in New York. In 1975, he returned to Greece. He is one of the pioneers of Greek expressionism.
He took his first drawing lessons at Panos Sarafianos’ studio (1958-60) and then studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Yiannis Moralis (1961-1967).
In 1988 he was elected professor at the School of Fine Arts, in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he remained until 2005.
Ηe has presented his work in eighteen solo exhibitions and in numerous group shows in Greece and abroad such as the Alexandria Biennale in Egypt (1977), the Grand Palais in Paris (1979), the Europalia in Brussels (1982), the Traveling Exhibition of Greek Art in Toulouse (1986), the Fetish in Athens, (Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, 1998) and the Painting – Generation of Seventies: First Approach in Athens (Frisira Museum, 2002). His major retrospective exhibition Matter Vicissitutes: 1960-2010, was organized by the Benaki Museum in 2010.
Makis Theofylaktopoulos’ artworks are featured in many important Museums and private collections.