Petros Soropanis was born on 17 February 1961 in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Department of Physics & Mathematics of Studiencolleg, Cologne, Germany (1979-1980) and studied engineering at the Polytechnic School of Essen, Germany (1980-1983). At the same time he was accepted at the Department of Communication Design at the University of Essen, Germany and attended courses at the Academy of Arts of Düsseldorf, Germany. He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. In 1979 Soropanis met by chance in a train Joseph Beuys, who had since been his friend and teacher. Soropanis dedicated to this first meeting The Train, an installation that was presented in October 1995 at Titanium Art Gallery, Athens.
Petros Soropanis lives and works in Syros Island, while maintaining a studio in Athens.