Stavros Kotsiréas was born in Athens in 1960. His family emigrated to Brisbane Australia in 1963 where he spent his early childhood; returning to Greece in 1968. Age thirteen Kotsiréas began his involvement in athletics (track & field 400 & 800m events), competing in championship level for sixteen years 1973-1989. Kotsiréas was selected in 1980 to be part of the 'Olympic flame' team as a torch bearer for the Moscow Olympics.
In 1980 Kotsiréas started a two-year apprenticeship with Vasilis Fotopoulos (stage and costume designer, painter and Oscar prize winner for the set and costume design for the film ‘‘Zorba the Greek,’’) who also became his mentor. Kotsiréas first stage design experience with Fotopoulos was in 1980, when he assisted him in the set design for the theatrical plays “The White Wedding” and “Emikredes” at the Art Theater of Karolos Koun, both plays directed by Giorgos Lazanis.
In 1984 Kotsiréas began six years of study (1984-1990) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, The Netherlands. There the artist specialized in Painting, Drawing and Graphic Art and went on to complete a Masters degree in Set and Costume Design. Stavros Kotsiréas has presented his work in 35 solo and 72 group exhibitions and his work can be found in many private, public and corporate collections. Since 1993 the artist lives and works in the United Kingdom.
Stavros Kotsiréas enjoys writing poetry; playing guitar and music in general including, composing and singing. His poetry has been published alongside his art, in his art books and catalogs. Kotsiréas has also finished writing his first book under the title "Secrets of Silence". Recently Kotsiréas has collaborated with the Greek based art foundry, V&P. Tassis, to cast and produce his sculptural work in bronze.