Kostas Paniaras was born in 1934 at Sikyona of Corinth, Greece. Initially studying law he eventually turned to art. He had his first painting lessons with Theodoros Lekos and then studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts with Yiannis Moralis and Eleni Zongopoulos. In 1956 he moved to Paris and furthered his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Paniaras has presented his work in numerous exhibitions and currently lives and works in Athens.