Sarantis Karavousis was born in 1938 in Athens. He enrolled at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1959 1963) to study fresco painting with Yiannis Moralis. With support from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (based on his award for his stage design for the Popular Ballet of the State Theater of Northern Greece), he travelled all over Greece in order to study the Greek art from antiquity until today. Subsequently, with a scholarship from the French government he continued his studies in Paris at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts (1967-1968), the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Sorbonne (1969-1972) and the École du Louvre (1972-1974). At the same time he was engaged in stage scenery design and the illustration of books; and in 1966 he taught design at the Center for Technological Applications, Athens. In 1984 Karavousis was awarded the Drouant-Cartier prize.