Michalis Phantaros graduated from the Painting Department of Krakow’s Academy of Fine Arts (1998-2003), where he was taught art by Jacek Waltoś and printmaking by Andrzej Pietsch. In the framework of a student exchange programme, during the summer semester of 2002 he attended the Braunschweig School of Αrts (ΗΒΚ Braunschweig), Germany, in particular the workshops of professors Norbert Tadeusz (painting) and Carl-Christoph Schulz (printmaking).
He pursued further studies in the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Viadrina, Frankfurt, Germany (2003 – 2006), with a concentration in Museology.
Michalis Phantaros has participated in group exhibitions in Poland, France, Cyprus and Greece. He has held several posts in museums, and also worked as art educator. For years he taught “Aesthetic Appraisal of Artworks” for the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Training Centers in Nicosia.
In 2012 he received the first prize in the “Telemachos Kanthos” Visual Arts Competition, having in previous years garnered commendations in the same event.