Andreas Efstathiou was born in 1964, in the village Larnakas tis Lapithou in the district of Kyrenia, Cyprus. During the period of 1989-1994 he studied in New York at the New York Studio School and at the Ridgewood Art Institute. Upon finishing his studies he returned to Cyprus. In 2007, Efstathiou and Stass Paraskos opened the Art College Cornaro Art Institute in Larnaca and Efstathiou went into teaching while continuing to pursue his artistic career. In 2017, with the passing of his dear friend Paraskos and the challenges that the Art College had been facing, Efstathiou decided to move to Limassol. Since then, he has been living and working in Limassol, running a cultural centre which he named Cornaro Art Institute in loving memory of his late fellow artist.
Efstathiou’s works have evolved from realism to abstraction, and from vibrant colour palettes to black-and-white shades and soft hues. His subject matters are varied, as they are heavily influenced by his personal experiences and emotional state. His gestural and powerful brushstrokes mirror his fascination with Willem de Kooning, while his anthropocentric approach, either by the absence or by the abstract depiction of human figures, suggests his deep respect for Alberto Giacometti.
He has had numerous group and solo exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad, and his works are part of private collections all over the world. He has shown at the Hellenic Centre in London, UK; the National Arts Club in New York, USA; Bozar Museum in Brussels, Belgium; the Municipal Arts Centre-Apothikes Papadaki in Limassol, Cyprus; Kypriaki Gonia Gallery and Gallery Apocalypse in Nicosia, Cyprus; and the Cultural Centre Apothikes 79 in Larnaca, Cyprus, among others. He was represented by Olympia Art Gallery at The Moscow World Fine Art Fair in Moscow, Russia, and he represented Cyprus at the Alexandria Biennale in Alexandria, Egypt, and the Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy.