Kostas Paniaras was born in 1934 at Sikyona (today Kiato) of Corinth, Greece. Initially he studied law, but eventually turned to art. Paniaras took his first lessons in painting with Theodoros Lekos (Errikos) and then studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA with Yannis Moralis and Eleni Zongolopoulos. In 1956 he moved to Paris, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, painting with André Lhôte, mosaics and fresco with Gino Severini. During the peak period of Abstract Expressionism, until 1975, he was based in Paris while traveling extensively to the U.S.A., Africa, Iran and the Far East. In his work abstract forms develop in monochromatic backgrounds.
Kostas Paniaras presented the following personal exhibitions : Payne Gallery, Athens (1956); Institut Français, Athens (1961); Galerie Domergue, Deauville (1961); Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (1961, 1965, 1971, 1974); Frankfurter Kunstkabinett, Frankfurt (1962, 1966); Kostas Paniaras, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (1963, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000); Alexander Iolas Gallery, Geneva (1964); Galerie Flinker, Paris (1965); Galeria Schneider, Rome (1965); Athens Art Gallery, Hilton Hotel, Athens (1966, 1988); Borghese Gallery, Tehran (1967); Alexander Iolas Gallery, Paris (1969, 1973); Warren Gallery, Los Angeles (1971); Meyer Gallery, San Francisco (1971); Westheimer Gallery, Houston (1974); Galerie Samy Kinge, Paris (1982); Iolas - Jackson Gallery, New York (1983); Municipal Gallery, Psychiko (1983); Miranda Gallery, Hydra Island (1984); The D. Pierides Art Gallery, Athens (1984); The Basil and Eliza Goulandris Museum, Andros Island (1986); Morphi Gallery, Limassol (1987); Paniaras, Museum of Cycladic Art - Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation, Athens (1990); Paniaras: The Sea, Festival of Corinthian Gulf, Corinth (1994); Kostas Paniaras: Phenomena of the Sea, Cultural Center of Psychiko, Athens (1995); Nocturnes, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (1997); Paniaras: The Seascapes, Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki (1993); Paniaras: Nine Red Paintings, Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki (1997); Kostas Paniaras: Seascapes, Wigmore Fine Art, London (2000); Ermoupoleia, The Cyclades Municipal Art Gallery, Syros Island (2003); Paniaras: Fifty Years of Painting, Pireos Annexe of the Benaki Museum, Athens (2007); Paniaras: Scapes and Utopia, The Municipal Gallery of Larissa - George I. Katsigras Museum, Larissa (2007); Kostas Paniaras: New Researches, Ikastikos Kiklos, Athens (2008). § He also participated at the following group exhibitions: Salon Internationale du Nu, Paris (1957); École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1960); Biennale de Paris, France (1961); Art in America Quadrennial, New York (1962, 1966); Biennale de Tokyo, Japan (1964); La Cienega Art Exhibition, Los Angeles (1966); Nicosia Festival, Pierides Museum, Nicosia (1982); New Tendencies in Modern Greek Art, National Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens (1983); The Iolas Gift, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (1984); Theatricality in Art: The Greek Dimension, Vorres Museum, Peania (1985); Post Abstraction, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens (1985); The Generation of the 60s, Pierides Museum, Glyfada (1986); Physiognomy of Post War Greek Art, Municipal Gallery, Athens (1986); Pierides Museum at Hellexpo, Thessaloniki (1987); Patras International Festival, Patras (1987, 1988); Environment, Syntagma Square, Athens (1988); Dromena, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens (1988); The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn: Homage to the National Poet of Japan who was born in Greece, The American College of Greece, Athens (2009); and Noumenon: An Exploration of Contemporary Abstract Art in the Beyondness of Things, The American College of Greece, Athens (2009).
Kostas Paniaras currently lives and works in Athens.
PANIARAS, KOSTAS Patras International Festival: Paniaras in the Anglican Church 1988 Nireas Editions, Athens
ILIOPOULOU-ROGAN, DORA Paniaras 1990 Museum of Cycladic Art - Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation, Athens
PANIARAS, KOSTAS Paniaras: The Seascapes 1993 Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki [Greek]
PANIARAS, KOSTAS Paniaras 1994 Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens [Greek]
VLACHOS / MENTZFOU-POLYZOU / KYRIAKOPOULOU Paniaras: The Sea 1994 Festival of Corinthian Gulf, Corinth [Greek]
VLACHOS, MANOLIS Kostas Paniaras: Phenomena of the Sea, Cultural Center of Psychiko, Athens 1995 [Greek]
NIKOLAOU, LOLA Paniaras: Nine Red Paintings, Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki
PANIARAS, KOSTAS Paniaras: Painting 1997-1998 1999 Nees Morfes, Athens [Greek]
STEFANIDIS, MANOS The Apotheosis of History and its Refutation 1984 The D. Pierides Art Gallery, Athens
DIMAKOPOULOU, GIULIA Nocturnes 1997 Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens
PANIARAS, KOSTAS Kostas Paniaras 2000 Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens [Greek & French]
LUCIE-SMITH, EDWARD Kostas Paniaras: Seascapes 2000 Wigmore Fine Art, London [English]
Y. DECAVALAS / C. IOANNIDIS / E. KYPRAIOU Kostas Paniaras at Ermoupoleia 2003 Nireas Editions, Athens
DELIVORRIAS / PAPAIOANNOU / MISSIRLI / VALÉRY / ORATI / KIPREOS Paniaras: Fifty Years of Painting 2007 New Benaki Museum, Athens
YIORGOS VEIS / GIULIANO SERFINI / FRANÇOIS VALÉRY The Painted-Over Sculptures by Kostas Paniaras 2007 Nireas Editions, Athens
MARIOS TH. XIROMERITIS / IRINI ORATI Paniaras: Scapes and Utopia 2007 The Municipal Gallery of Larissa - George I. Katsigras Museum, Larissa
KREMMYDAS / LUCIE-SMITH / KYPREOU / DELIVORRIAS Artworks for Kremmydi of Cephalonia 2009 Nereus Edtions, Athens