Kyriacos Kyriacou, known to his British friends as Kris Kirk, was born in London to Greek Cypriot parents. At school Kris's passion for sports led to him captaining the cricket and baseball teams, and his prowess in rugby saw him representing London, Middlesex and South East England as a junior player. However, Kris's sporting success ended dramatically on the beach at Brighton when he broke his neck in a tragic diving accident.
After spending a year at Stoke Mandeville hospital Kris came home, continuing his education and discovering a talent for art. Eventually this led to a meeting with the eminent mouth artist Charles Fowler, who encouraged Kris to send examples of his work to the MFPA.
With great dedication Kris worked long hours to hone his technique, his efforts being rewarded in 1982 in promotion to Full Member Artist within the Association. As a professional working artist Kris had the means to take his family back to Cyprus and the warm welcome they received from the extended family and friends led to the decision to relocate to the island in 1990. His fantastic loving family have been an enduring support for Kris since his accident but when he met Blanche, a nurse who had come to work in Cyprus, life took an unexpected turn. Kris and Blanche married and now live in the home they designed near Kris's fathers birthplace, the clear Mediterranean light providing a constant inspiration for his painting.