Panayiotis Michael’s research and artistic interest focuses around the notion of transitional periods as a process of identity construction, and the ways in which identity as a fluid process of formation and re-formation can contribute to positive changes in our social environment, behavioural background, political and personal ethics, etc. 

He uses personal, social and political incidents, behaviours, statements, as material to produce art and create new “realities”, dreamy environments, brand new promises and assumptions open to alternative observations and approaches.

Collaboration generates a broader space in his practice. Another mode of creation through encounters with others, collaboration has played an important role in his conception of artistic practice, and in the environment he lives.

Panayiotis Michael co-represented Cyprus at Venice Biennial, 2005, curated by Chus Martinez; XX Alexandria Biennial, 1999; and Rijeka Biennial, 1997. He participated in ev+a Limerick Biennial, 2006, curator Katerina Gregos; Roaming Images, in the framework of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011, curator Iara Boubnova; and Occupation: Unknown, Manifesta Coffee Break, Liverpool Biennial, 2004.

He is co-founder of pick nick (2012- ), an art group initiated by Alkis Hadjiandreou, Panayiotis Michael, Maria Petrides.

He was co-founder of ArtrageousGroup (2004-05), an art group based in Cyprus, initiated by Klitsa Antoniou, Melita Couta and Panayiotis Michael.

Born in 1966 in Nicosia, Cyprus

Lives and works in Nicosia, Cyprus


1998 – 2000 MFA in Painting, Queens College CUNY, NY, USA

1986 – 1993 MFA in Graphic Arts and Poster, Moscow State Academic Art Institute V.I. Surikov, Moscow, Russia

Co-founder of pick nick (2012- ) along with Maria Petrides and Alkis Hadjiandreou.

Co-founder of ArtrageousGroup (2004 -2005) along with Klitsa Antoniou, Melita Couta.


2013 Undo Foundation award – Kunstlerhaus Bethanien

2005 Competition for public art project for the municipal court house in Limassol,

Cyprus, 1st price (collaboration with architect Delis Papadopoulos)

1999 The Jury Award, Alexandria Biennial, Egypt


2018 Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus (pick nick)

2017 Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva, Switzerland (pick nick)

2016 Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil(pick nick)

2016 HIAP, Helsinki, Finland (pick nick)

2013 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (supported by Cyprus Ministry of

Education and Culture, and Undo Foundation)

2013 Apartment Project, Istanbul, Turkey (pick nick)

2005 The Artists Residence, Herzliya, Israel

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Humming in a non-linear time, eins gallery, Limassol, Cyprus

2018 PH4/Reboot (with Michelle Padeli), S:2F2, Nicosia Curated by Evagoria Dapola

2018 I know where you have been for the last four hundred & twenty six days, Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus. (pick nick)

2014 entitled, Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus

2013 entitled, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2011 Scenic Affairs, Project Room 3, Municipal Art Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus.

2010 Ουρανέ, ΌχιδενθαΠωτοΝαι, Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, Nicosia,


2008 Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris, France. Curated by Andri Michael.

2008 Artathina 2008 (Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos), Athens, Greece.

2007 Full Of U, Notgallery, Naples, Italy

2007 Solutions That Make Life Beautiful, Allegra Ravizza Art Project, Milan, Italy.

2006 I promise, you will love me forever.Before and After, Rena Bransten gallery, San Francisco, USA. Curated by Leigh Markopoulos 

2006 I promise, you will love me forever 2, Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos,

Nicosia, Cyprus

2005 Gravy Planet, (with Constantia Sofocleous), Biennale Di Venezia, Italy. Curated by Chus Martinez

2003 Under Construction, Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, Nicosia, Cyprus.

2002 “Sale” Project, Argo Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus

2001 SALE, Werk Hall 8 Siemens, Leipzig, Germany, organized by Siemens Kultur Programm. Curated by Dirk Luckow

2000 SALE, Klapper Hall Gallery, Queens College-CUNY, New York, USA.

1998 My dearest Green Line, Caelum Gallery, New York, USA

1996 The Journey Begins, Diaspro Art Center, Nicosia, Cyprus

1994 Theatro Ena, Nicosia, Cyprus

Group Exhibitions


Net Works - Pitch for a Social Network Sphere, group exhibition, KARA AGORA -onlineArt & Research Center. Curated by Julia Hartmann


Impulses of inalienability, eins gallery, Limassol, Cyprus

Livres d’ Artistes: Book art in Cyprus since the 1960s, Loukia & Michael Zambelas Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus. Curated by Marina Christodoulidou


Terra Mediterranea: In Action, NiMAC, Nicosia. Curated by Yiannis Toumazis


Fusion is the Future, Pop-Up Festival, City plaza, Nicosia, curated by Achilleas Kentonis, Omiros Panayides, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Niki Zanti

Terra Mediterranea: In Action, Halle 14 Leipzig, Germany. Curated by Michael Arzt and Yiannis Toumazis 


Point of Contact magazine 40th anniversary, Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse NY, USA

Notifications, Space, Nicosia Cyprus. Curated by Christos Kyriakides.

Exercises In Orientation, Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck University of London, curated by Elena Parpa

Unaccompanied, Cyprus Library, Nicosia, Cyprus. Curated by Vicky Pericleous. (pick nick)

Neoptolemos and Maria Michaelides Residence by Neoptolemos Michaelides, photographed by Hélène Binet - Parallel readings, by Petros Phokaides and pick nick, Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus. (pick nick)


Treasure Island, NiMAC, Nicosia Cyprus. Curated by Yiannis Toumazis, Louli Michaelidou, Anber Onar, Despo Pasia, Kyriakos Pachoulides, Elena Stylianou

Treasure Island, in open-air public spaces in Nicosia, Cyprus. Curated by Yiannis Toumazis, Louli Michaelidou, Anber Onar, Despo Pasia, Kyriakos Pachoulides, Elena Stylianou. Participation with pick nick in collaboration with artists Ivan Argote, Anna Lascari, Conny Karlson Lundgren, Zohra Opoku, Vassileia Stylianidou, Marie Zolamian


Dysraphic City, projektraum kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, curated by Stephanie Han, Rebecca Heidenberg, Masha McConaghy, Ines Oliveira, Juliette Premmereur, Raphael Rogenmoser, Patricia Rosas, Charlotte Van Buylaere

Episode 2:sabotage, insitu, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Marie Graftieaux, Nora Mayr and Gilles Neiens

Fail Again, Souterrain, Berlin, curated by Silvia Cipriani, Julia Hartmann, Aline Lara Rezende, Daphne Tsaoussis, Nahomi Ximenez, Chun-Ya Yang

Open studios, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Bufferzone: Checkpoint, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey. Curated by Apartment Project/Istanbul, in collaboration with Uqbar (Berlin) and EMAA (Nicosia). Participation with pick nick in collaboration with photographer Huseyin Yilmaz


Mapping Cyprus, Bozar Expo, Brussels, Belgium, curated by Andri Michael

Terra Meditteranea – In Crisis, Municipal Art Centre, Nicosia, curated by Yiannis Toumazis

Utopia, Evagoras and Kathleen Lanitis Foundation, Limassol, new acquisitions from the collection of Nicos Chr. Pattichis and Phileleftheros newspaper. Curated by Elena Parpa and Maria Stathi

The U-A-W?Project, Casteliotissa, Nicosia, Cyprus. Curated by Socrates Stratis and Maria Panayides. (pick nick)

How to Make a Garden, Fytorio, Nicosia, curated by Elena Parpa


Cyprislandia, Reykjavik Art Gallery in Reykjavik, curated by Tony Maslić.

Roaming Images, in the Frame of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki. Curated by Iara Boubnova

Drawing Stories 2, Ileana Tounta Gallery, Athens, curated by mis(s) group.

Between You and Me and the Wall, Omikron Gallery Nicosia. Curated by Maria Stathi and Polys Peslikas


Chypre 2010, L’art au présent, Espace Commines, Paris, France, curated by Yiannis Toumazis, Androula Michael

Dialogues with the machine, Sala Berlanga, Madrid, Spain, Cyprus participation. Curated by Yiannis Colakides & Helene Black. Organisation of International event in Madrid: MADATAC

Cyprus in Venice 1968-2009, Municipal Art Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus. Curated by Louli Michaelidou and Yiannis Toumazis 

Drawing Stories, 50-1 gallery, Limassol, Cyprus. Curated by mis(s) group.

Suspended Spaces, La Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France. Curated by Brent Klinkum

ArteFiera Artfair (with Allegra Ravizza Art Project) Bologna, Italy

50 Years of Artistic Creation, Cultural Center Myloi, Nicosia. Curator Marina Schiza

Prefect F, Argo Gallery. Curated by Savvas Christodoulides


Editions, N.O. Gallery, Milan, Italy

Fuori_Nonluogo, Novalis Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy

Commissioned artwork for the new international airport in Larnaca, Cyprus. Curated by Yiannis Toumazis

ReSpass, Remap show, Athens, Greece with Maria Petrides and Andreas Antoniou


Paris/Chypre (La saison Culturelle Europeenne), Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris, France. Curated by Androula Michael

Looking forward to hearing from you, Gounaropoulos Museum, Athens, curated by Androula Michael

Where Do We Go From Here, N. Pattichis collection, Municipal Art Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus

Art Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

ARTOUR-O, Florence, Italy


Atlantis Lost, Mati Ghar, New Delhi, India. Curator Artemis Eleftheriadou.

Host, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, USA. Curator Elizabeth Grady

ARTOUR-O, Shanghai, China

MIART Art Fair, Milan, Italy

Crossings, A Contemporary View, Nicosia Municipal Art Center, Nicosia, Cyprus, curated by Yiannis Toumazis, Androula Michael


Check-in Europe/Reflecting Identities, The European Patent Office, Munich. Curated by Marius Babias, Beral Madra, Marketta Seppala, Veronica Wiman, Erno Vroonen

Meghiddo, Notgallery, Naples, Italy, curated by Luca Vona

Give (a) way, ev+a Biennial, Limerick, Ireland, curated by Katerina Gregos

Playmaker, Diatopos Center of Contemporay Art, Nicosia, Cyprus

Twenty five Cypriot Artists, Yenin Jamin, Thessaloniki, Greece


Art Cacausus 2005, Tbilisi, Georgia. Boite en Valise Project. Curated by Katerina Gregos

The 1st Pocheon Asian Art Festival: PAAF2005, Pocheon, Korea. Curated by Yoon, Jin Sup

A Viewof the Meditteranean Sea: The Cyprus Case, The Artists Residence, Herzliya, Israel. Curated by Ilan Wizgan

100 Artists One Museum, Casoria International Art Museum, Cassoria, Italy

Leaps of Faith, Buffer Zone, Nicosia, Cyprus. Curated by Katerina Gregos and Erden Kosova

Accidental Meetings, The Nicosia Municipal Arts Center, Cyprus. Curated by Yiannis Toumazis

A Consuption of Justice, Diyarbakir Art Center, organized by Anatolu Kultur AS and supported by Prinz Claus Foundation, Diyarbakir, Turkey. Curated by Beral Madra


Hyperlinks, Evagoras Lanitis Center, Limassol, Cyprus. Curated by Efi Strouza

Idiosistasies, Centre of Contemporary Art Diatopos, Nicosia, Cyprus


The Languages of Gender, organized by the University of Cyprus, SPEL Building, Nicosia, Cyrpus. Curated by Antonis Danos

Noise Crossings, Art Symposium, Cyprus – European Union Festivities, Nicosia, Cyprus


La Belle et la Bête. Exposition d’ Artistes Chypriotes & Français, Centre of Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium, organized by Apollonia European Art Exchanges, Laiki Group Cultural Centre, curated by Demetris Konstantinidis


La Belle et la Bête. Exposition d’ Artistes Chypriotes & Français, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (December). Curated by Demetris Konstantinidis

La Belle et la Bête. Exposition d’ Artistes Chypriotes & Français, DRAC Alsace, Strasburg, France. (October-November). Curated by Demetris Konstantinidis

La Belle et la Bête. Exposition d’ Artistes Chypriotes & Français, FRAC Corse, Corte, France (May-June). Curated by Demetris Konstantinidis

La Belle et la Bête. Exposition d’ Artistes Chypriotes & Français, Kasteliotissa, Nicosia, Cyprus (February). Curated by Demetris Konstantinidis

The Biggest Games in Town, Kunstlerwerkstatt Lothringer Strasse, Munich, Germany, curated by Barbara Schmidt


Cyprus Sculpture, Kasteliotissa, Nicosia, Cyprus


XX Biennale d’ Alexandrie, Alexandria, Egypt

The Limit, Thessaloniki Municipality Art Space, Thessaloniki, Greece

The Limit, Art Symposium, Samos, Greece

War (Ode to Joy, Performance), “Postmasters Gallery”, New York, USA


Jeunes Artistes Chypriotes, Palais De Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

My dearest green line, Wickiser Gallery, New York, USA


Rijeka Biennial, Croatia. 

Other selected Projects/Performances/Activities


Dance to tend full at runway stops, performance, Contemporary Theatre, Athens, Greece. (pick nick)

A book of small things, presentation/performance, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece. Curated by Daphne Nikita


Käthe Kollowitz Presents a Brief History of Modern Art, a theatre play by Elena Penga, directed by Andri H. Contstantinou. Stage design

Participation in CYence Diction: Textual explorations in indigenous bookart publications with the book collection A book of small things, in the frame of Sardam – alternative literary readings festival, curated by Loizos Olymbios Nicosia & Limassol


From the valley to the uplands, the highway and the home, performance, Helsinki, invited by the Helsinki International Artists Programme, Finland. (pick nick)


Symphonic Node. To think with Thabiso Sekgala, in collaboration with artists Petra Bauer, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Assaf Zeev Gruber, John Holten and Sam Smith, Marina Kassianidou, Runo Lagomarsino, Oda Projesi, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Ana Tiscornia, Paleomylos, Troodos, Cyprus. (pick nick)


Dandilands, in collaboration with artists Marc Bijl, Mustafa Hulusi, Mahony, Jumana Manna, Michelle Padeli, Liliana Porter, Kevin Schmidt, Socratis Socratous, Kostis Velonis, Carla Zaccagnini, Artemis natural trail, Troodos, August 2014 – October 2015, Cyprus. (pick nick)

The one(s) I love, interactive intervention that engaged people in signing a petition in support of the first Cyprus Pride, May 2014 – on going, Cyprus. (pick nick)


Participation in Bufferzone Residency by Apartment Project/Istanbul in Istanbul and Nicosia, organized by Apartment Project/Istanbul in collaboration with Uqbar, Berlin, and EMAA, Nicosia. (pick nick)

Wild Green Tea, in collaboration with Fata Morgana, Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, Germany. (pick nick)


Wild Greens, in collaboration with botanist Charalambos Christodoulou,commissioned by The U-A-W? Project, Internationa Workshop & Exhibition on Chrono-Urbanism, curated by Socrates Stratis & Maria Panayides, Nicosia, Cyprus. (pick nick)


Screening Scheme, Alkis Hadjiandreou, solo exhibition, 50-1 gallery, Limassol. Co-curator with writer Maria Petrides


I Nosos (The Desease) a theatre play by Antonis Georgiou, directed by Andri Constantinou, Artos Foundation Nicosia. Stage design


Unclaimed Luggage, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain. (ArtrageousGroup)

You Know what I mean, group show as parallel project to Leaps of Faith exhibition, Nicosia, Cyprus. Organizer


NOMADIFESTA 2004 – Pack your Suitcases, Kasteliotissa, Nicosia, Cyprus. (ArtrageousGroup)

Occupation: Unknown, Manifesta Coffee Break, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK