Mihalis Papadakis was born in Athens in 1944. At the age of 14, urged by M. Tompros, he took part in the examinations for the Superior School of Fine Arts, as an exceptional talent, in 1958. He graduated the Superior School of Fine Arts in 1962.
1960-1964 Works, periodically, for the restoration of antiquities in Olympia, in Delos and at the board of curators of antiquities in Cyclades.
1967-1968 Postgraduate studies at the NATIONAL SUPERIOR SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS, in Paris.
1968-1969 Workshops of postgraduate level at SIR JOHN CASS ART COLLEGE, in London.
1969-1987 Gets involved in politics and abstains from all artistic activity.
1988-1989 Becomes member of the Committee for Classification and Evaluation of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece (CFAG).
1988, 1989 Represents the CFAG at the first and second International Meetings of Fine Arts, which were organized by the European Cultural Centre of Delfi.
1990-1992 Becomes member of the Administrative Board of CFAG
1992-1994 Becomes General Secretary of the Administrative Board of CFAG
1992-1995 Represents the CFAG and is General Secretary of the Inter-association for Radio and TV.
1996-2000 General Secretary of the Administrative Board of CFAG.
2000-2006 President of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece (CFAG).
2002 Elaboration and submission of proposal for a European project aiming at the founding of a Research Centre for Fine Arts (focusing on the relation of Fine Arts with science and art in general), on the island of Samothraki, in cooperation with the Municipality of Samothraki.
In the framework of the Programme, establishment of the Park of Balkan Art, where the biannual Inter-Balkan Symposium will develop research characteristics.
2003-2005 Responsible for the Programme on the design of the site of the CFAG and the elaboration of a DVD about theoretical aspects of the art of Fine Arts.
2004-2017 Member of the Administrative Board of the National Museum of Modern Art (Athens), representing the CFAG.
2000 Member of the initiative for the reestablishment of the International Artists Association (IAA) and responsible for the organisation of the 15th General Assembly of the International Artists Association
2002 Elected as Honorary President of the International Artists Association at its 15th General Assembly.
2004 Vice president of the ΙΑΑ Europe.
2005 Representative of the CFAG at the 16 th general Assembly of IAA, in China and speaker at meetings in the context of the 2 nd Biennale in Peking.
Organisation of conferences, symposiums and exhibitions:
As general Secretary of the Organising Committee and speaker:
α) 2 nd Panhellenic Conference of Mass Media (Zappeio, June 1993)
β) 2 nd and 3 rd Panhellenic Conferences on Fine Arts (1990 and 1995 respectively).
γ) Symposium about Public radio and television (1995).
As President of the Organising Committee and speaker:
α) 2nd (1999), 3rd (2001), 4th (2003) and 5th (2005) Inter Balkan Symposium of Creativity in Fine Arts, in cooperation with the Municipality of the island of Samothraki.
β) Panhellenic Exhibition of Fine Arts and 5 meetings, in the context of the exhibition (Athens, Tehnopolis 2001).
γ) Panhellenic Exhibition of Young Artists (Tehnopolis, September-October 2002).
Mihalis Papadakis has participated in the Panhellenic Exhibitions held in 1966 and in 1987, in the Panhellenic Exhibition held in 1997 (organized by the CFAG, in the context of the “Thessaloniki, the Cultural Capital of Europe”), in the Group Exhibition of Modern Greek Sculpture 2004 (Athens, Art City) and in a great number of other group exhibitions.
From 1993 to 2000 he has organized, in his atelier, small group and personal exhibitions, under the title «Like in the Atelier», accompanied by theoretical discussion.
His works are found in many private collections and in public places.