Achilleas Michaelides aka Paparazzi (b.1982, Georgia Tbilisi) is a painter, graffiti writer, muralist
and street artist based in Cyprus. First acquaintance with art began in 1992 when he attended
art school in Tbilisi. From 1997 the real studies started in the streets of Thessaloniki. It was just
beginning, meeting with movement of Graffiti and hip hop culture. Soon after Montana started
to sponsor Achilleas Michaelides like young and perspective writer in 2002 he moved to Cyprus.
For many years the art of graffiti, street art considered marginal and vandal. Everything changed
when young people with imagination, talent, social concerns and point of view began to give a
new impulse. Started design and shape empty and meaningless elements of the city: walls,
pegs, abandoned and inaccessible parts of the city were the canvas for expression of a new
generation who claims through the voice of expression and creation. Only in the last few years
this type of art became recognized by museums and galleries all over the world.
Perhaps the most important (most recognized) exponent of this art in Cyprus, Achilleas
The Paparazzi considered an accomplished artist fascinated by socially subversive
experimenting. He offer us another truth by trying to bridge the street art with the arts (ie. street
art with fine arts) through a constant search and experimentation in the field, synthesis of styles,
through his own unique approach, integration of imagination and searches. This gives it a
different meaning and aesthetics, the general progress of dialectic.
It is no exaggeration to say that he was a pioneer in Cyprus, in the creation of this new
expression ''murals '' (until then there were only fans and insulting slogans on the walls) and
was primary instrument in the evolution of this art, helping and participating in dozens of events,
organising and curating Ayia Napa Street Art Festival. Till now (2015) he had 5 personal and 23
group exhibitions. Paparazzi is one of the few artists in Cyprus that has embraced the art of
graffiti and street art. He has contributed a great deal to spreading this urban style of painting on
the island. The style of this controversial artist has always kept a rapidly developing course.
Currently working at Paparazzi ART Studio.
People I’ve worked with:
Bates (collaboration),Tats Crew (collaboration), Kacao77 (collaboration),L7M (collaboration),
Montana Cans, Yamaha, Kiss FM, Carlsberg, Baileys, Guaba, Biblio Globus, Castle Club, Parko
Paliatso, Famous Grouse, Jamesson Irish Whiskey, Ballantines, Russian Wave, Pik1, Baxter
Garage, Ayia Napa Municipality, Paralimni Municipality, Limassol Municipality, etc...