Michail Derpapas was born on 14 November 1964 in Hamburg, Germany. He studied painting next to his father, the painter Georgios Derpapas. He studied drawing and printmaking in the National Academy of Design, New York (1982). He furthered his studies in printmaking, drawing and mixed media at Kensington and Chelsea College of Further Education - KCC, London London (2004-2007). He attended seminars in photography at the International Center of Photography - ICP, New York (1983) and upon returning to Greece continued his photographic studies at Fotokinisi.
Michail Derpapas presented the following personal exhibitions: Surrealism: The Greek Dimension, Titanium Art Gallery, Athens (1996); Kyklos Gallery, Mykonos (1998); and Illustration of the poem "Preveza" by Kostas Karyotakis, Ianos Bookstore, Athens (2009).
Michail Derpapas currently lives and works in Athens and Mykonos.