Panayiotis Michael (b.1966, Nicosia) lives and works in Nicosia. He studied Graphic Arts and Design at the Moscow Academic Art Institute, and Painting at Queens College, New York. Since 1994 he has presented his work in many solo and group shows, in his home country and abroad. He has represented Cyprus in the Rijeka Biennale of Croatia (1998) and the 20th Alexandria Biennale in Egypt (1999), where he was awarded the Jury Prize. Michael is co-founder of Artrageous, an artist group created in 2004 with the purpose of creating a social-political manifestation that focuses on the role of the artist as an agent of public awareness within a contemporary art context. He is also the co-founder of pick nick, a newly founded collective that initiates public interventions and events in the city space. Michael represented Cyprus at the 51st Venice Biennale of Art together with artist Konstantia Sofokleous.