Stavros Kotsiréas was born in Athens in 1960. His family emigrated to Brisbane Australia in 1963 where he spent his early childhood; returning to Greece in 1968. Age thirteen Kotsiréas began his involvement in athletics (track & field 400 & 800m events), competing in championship level for sixteen years 1973-1989. Kotsiréas was selected in 1980 to be part of the 'Olympic flame' team as a torchbearer for the Moscow Olympics.
In 1980 Kotsiréas started a two-year apprenticeship with Vasilis Fotopoulos (stage and costume designer, painter and Oscar prize winner for the set and costume design for the film ‘‘Zorba the Greek,’’) who also became his mentor. Kotsiréas first stage design experience with Fotopoulos was in 1980 when he assisted him in the set design for the theatrical plays “The White Wedding” and “Emigrates” at the Art Theatre of Karolos Koun, both plays directed by Giorgos Lazanis. In 2012 he collaborated with Vladimiros Kiriakidis and Efi Mouriki, creating the set designs for the plays “Extremities and Mnimonio-akrotites”
In 1984 Kotsiréas began six years of study (1984-1990) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands. There the artist specialised in Painting, Drawing and Graphic Art and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Set and Costume Design. Stavros Kotsiréas has presented his work in 36 solo and 78 group exhibitions and his work can be found in many private, public and corporate collections. Since 1993 the artist lives and works in the United Kingdom.
Recently Kotsiréas has collaborated with the Greek-based art foundry, V&P. Tassis, to cast and produce his sculptural work in bronze. Since 2016 he has become the artistic director of the art foundry.
In 1984 Kotsiréas began six years of study (1984-1990) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands. There the artist specialised in Painting, Drawing and Graphic Art and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Set and Costume Design.
Exhibiting in Zurich, Switzerland in Gallery Karouzou with the group CHROMOS 1-21st March 2019
Participating in the show APP ART in the UK in April 2019
"CREATIVE MEETINGS" is the title of his first major Museum Show Sep 2020 - Jan 2021 at MUSEUM AVEROFF METSOVO GREECE Stavros will be exhibiting for the first time together with the artist Sir Peter Blake in this exciting collaboration.
2018 - ART THESSALONIKI Art Fair, Chili art gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2017 - "Juxtapositions", Copeland Park-Copeland Gallery, London, UK
2016 - ART THESSALONIKI Art Fair, Chili art gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2013 - The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, Londons Leading Artist Fair, UK
2012 - Hellenic Foundation of Culture Berlin, 'Silent Nature', Berlin, Germany.
2012 - Gallery Rehorst, The Hague, The Netherlands.
2010 -Great Hall, ‘Melina’ Municipality of Athens, ‘Silent Nature,’ Hellas.
2010 - Chili art gallery, ‘Silent Nature,’ Athens, Hellas.
2009 - Gallery MONASTERY of KAROLOS, ‘Dialogues II,’ Chania, Hellas.
2008 - ADAM Gallery, ‘Dialogues,’Athens, Greece.
2006 - Gallery P37 ‘Desirable Journey,’ Athens Hellas.
2005 - Gallery 91, The Hague, the Netherlands.
2004 - ON THE WALL, Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia London, UK.
2004 - ADAM Gallery, ‘Secrets of Silence,’ Athens, Hellas.
2003 - CCA Galleries, ‘Journeys and Encounters,’ Farnham, UK.
2003 - ERMOUPOLIA 2003, Museum Syros, Cyclades, Hellas.
2002 - Gallery ONE, ‘Internal Landscapes,’ London, UK.
2002 - AMYMONE Gallery, Ioannina, Hellas.
2001 - CCA Galleries, London, UK.
2001 - CCA Galleries, Ceramics, Farnham, UK.
2001 - RIVERHOUSE Gallery, ‘Colour Vibrations,’ Walton on the Thames, UK.
2000 - Art Athina 8, Contemporary Art Fair, Athens, Hellas.
1999 - Gallery TITANIUM, ‘Dialogue with Nature’, Athens, Hellas.
1998 - Gallery ILIOTROPIO, Larnaka, Cyprus.
1997 - Art Halls ‘Odysseus Elytis,’ Municipality of Athens, Hellas.
1996 - Gallery TITANIUM, Athens, Hellas.
1995 - Gallery GLORIA, Nicosia, Cyprus.
1994 - The BARN GALLERY, Woodbridge, UK.
1993 - Gallery ARTOTEEK, Heerhugowaart, The Netherlands.
1992 - COCON ECN, Petten, The Netherlands.
1991 - Gallery WIMMENUM, Egmond a/d Hoef, The Netherlands.
1991 - AEGON ‘Homage to Klaas Schippers,’ The Hague, The Netherlands.
1990 - Gallery DIJK, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1990 - Gallery d’ EGLANTIER, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1989 - COCON ECN, Petten, The Netherlands.
1988 - Gallery WIMMENUM, Egmond a/d Hoef, The Netherlands.
1988 - Gallery PLAKA, Deventer, The Netherland
International Representations of Hellas
2005 - Florence Biennale, ‘International Contemporary Art’, Florence, Italy.
1994 - XYLON Museum, Contemporary Greek Graphics, Schwetzingen, Germany.
1990 - Gallery INKT 2, ‘Graphic Biennale Intermezzo’, The Hague, The Netherlands.
1989 - Allard Pierson Museum ‘Hellas in Holland’, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Stavros Kotsireas has participated in 78 Group exhibitions