Sotiris Papanikolaou was born on 29 September 1963 in Athens. He studied photography at Focus, Athens (1987-1989).
Sotiris Papanikolaou presented the following personal exhibitions: Epsilon Gallery at Photosynkyria - 11 th Ιnternational Μeeting, Thessaloniki (1999); The Black Boxes, Titanium Art Gallery, Athens (2002); The Worker of the 21st Century in 3///3 …Three Walls on Wednesdays…, Syntagma Square & Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens (2010) and Misunderstood Flowers in Against All Odds - AAO Project, Psyrri Square, Athens (2011). He also took part in the following group exhibitions: Over the Shoulder Reading Photographed, Stoa Bibliou, Athens (1998); Digital Hat, Titanium Art Gallery, Athens (2002); Not Female at All, Horostasion, Athens (2011); Beyond Face, Photography Center of Thessaloniki & Goethe Institute, Municipal Cultural Centre, Thessaloniki (2011); Making the Others Portrait in International Meetings of Photography, Romfeia Fine Arts Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2011); sExplosion: Penis & Vagina Relationships in the Contemporary Visual Arts, Booze Cooperativa, Athens (2011); The Pet City Exhibition, Melanithros Gallery, Athens (2011); Misunderstood Flowers: Blanka Amezkua & Sotiris Papanikolaou, Parapera, Athens (2011); and ACG Art Photo Competition on Water, Main Corridor, Deree College, Athens (2012).
Sotiris Papanikolaou continuew to live and work in Athens.