Michalis Amarantos was born in Ermoupolis, Syros in 1953. He studied painting at the School of Fine Arts, with teachers Dimitris Mitaras, Demosthenes Kokkinidis, as well as set design with Vassilis Vassiliadis. He has held many solo and group exhibitions in Athens and other cities in Greece. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery, the Frysira Museum, the National Bank, as well as in other public and private collections. He lives and works in Athens.