Panayiotis Kalorkoti was born in Cyprus in 1957 (Ayios Amvrossios, Cyprus) and moved to the United Kingdom in 1966. He studied at Newcastle upon Tyne University (1976–80) and the Royal College of Art, London (1982-85).
Panayiotis Kalorkoti is a contemporary British artist. As well as painting in acrylics and watercolour he does drawings and also etchings, screenprints and lithographs. He tends to produce a series of paintings for a specific exhibition. He works within specific terms of reference and his work has been described as an entirely modern iconography. Most of the work tends to be in groups and it is in the serial works that the viewer will sense a certain questioning and re-focusing.
Panayiotis Kalorkoti has had 24 solo exhibitions and taken part in 28 group exhibitions both in Britain and abroad (he is currently included in an online exhibition by the Imperial War Museum, London, and is being used by the public and forms part of the national curriculum for schools – other artist included Richard Hamilton and Nigel Henderson). The shows have been held at a wide variety of venues, mostly public spaces from museums to design centres to forests to gardens. His exhibitions include the Imperial War Museum, London, National Portrait Gallery, London, and National Garden Festival, Gateshead. He has had fifteen catalogues produced which supported his exhibitions and each publication has a text and writers have included Edward Lucie-Smith, Norbert Lynton, Frank Whitford, Mel Gooding, Timothy Hyman, Andrew Lambirth, Huon Mallalieu and John Russell Taylor.
Panayiotis Kalorkoti has worked on major public projects, such as Grizedale Arts, Cumbria and has been ‘artist in residence’ for West Yorkshire Playhouse and has won fellowships, scholarships, commissions and awards.