Yiannis Sakellis was born in Paphos, Cyprus, in 1983. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts “Pietro Vannucci” in Perugia, Italy, where he graduated in 2007 with honours. In 2006 he received the annual “Adelmo Maribelli“ Prize from the Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia.
He held 4 personal exhibitions in Cyprus: “Fiber Optics” (2009), “The Theory of Strings” (2009), “The Observed and the Observer” (2010), and "Cappella" (2016). He participated in various exhibitions, both in Cyprus and internationally, such as: The 2nd International Painting Biennale of Chisinau in Republic of Moldova (2011), “Initinere” (2007) in the Historic Centre of Perugia, Italy, “Insite” (2012), a site specific exhibition in the archaeological park of Paphos, and the official program for the Cypriot Presidency of the E.U. 50 years of Artistic Creation, (2010) for the celebration of the 50 years of the Republic of Cyprus. He also participated in the “Catharsis/Rebirth” (2012) which took place in the old Turkish Baths in Paphos, in collaboration with the “Cittadellarte” Foundation of Biella, Italy. In 2013 a video documentary of this exhibition was presented in the Louvre Museum as part of the personal exhibition of Michelangelo Pistoletto “Year One-The Paradise on Earth”. The participations in exhibitions continued with “Othello/Rebirth” (2013), a contemporary art show in the abandon derelict cinema “Othellos” in Paphos, “StreetArt Square”, (2015), a street art event which was part of the Official Programme of “PAFOS2017 European Capital of Culture”, “The Fine Art Film Festival” (2015), in Venice, California, which was a film festival focused on fine art films (Sakellis participated with the film “The Box”), "Weaving Europe" and "The Big Mosaic" for the European Capital of Culture PAFOS2017 and various other exhibitions such as: “Risonanze”, “Trame”, “Luoghi”, “Instantanea” (in Italy), and “WindowArt”, “All Colours”, “ECOinsite”, “Athletics”, “Images from Paphos”, “50 years of E.KA.TE.”, “Visual Paphos”, “Lush Art in Austere Times” etc.
In addition he curated various art projects such as the “WindowArt” (2012), which was an art show in the abandoned shops of the old market of Paphos’ historical centre, “Catharsis/Rebirth”, “Othello/Rebirth”, “StreetArt Square”, and “AFIEROMATA - Costas Oikonomou” (2013), which was a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the artist Costas Oikonomou, as well as the “50 years of E.KA.TE” (2014) for the 50th anniversary of the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts, Risky Travels -a joint sculpture exhibition of the artists Andy Hadjiadamos and Baki Bogac for the E.C.O.C. PAFOS2017
Throughtout his creative work, Sakellis has also taught art: at the private school “American Academy” for 3 years (2010-2013), at the State Youth Centre of Paphos for 5 years (2009-2014), and at his Private Studio since 2008.
In 2015 together with a small group of visual artists he co-founded the Kimonos Art Center in Paphos. From April 2015 until February 2018 he worked as an event coordinator for the European Capital of Culture PAFOS2017.
He is currently studying for a Masters degree programme in Art History and Theory at TEPAK, the Cyprus University of Technology, in Limassol, Cyprus.