Stelios Votsis was born in Larnaca in 1929.
He studied painting at three Schools of Fine Art in London: at St. Martin’s, Sir John Cass College of Art and at The Royal Academy. In 1955 he graduated from the Slade School of Art of the University of London and moved back to Cyprus.
A co-founder of the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts and its one-time president. His style was best characterised as ‘structural abstraction.
Stelios Votsis participated in several group exhibitions, of which the most important are: in 1955 at Young Contemporaries in London; in 1961 at Vayianos Gallery in Athens; in 1967 in Boston of U.S.A and at the 8th Panhellenic Exhibition in Athens; in 1968 at Venice Biennale, the 7th Alexandria Biennale and the 1st India Triennale; in 1969 at the 10th Sao Paulo Biennale of Brazil; in 1971 at the 2nd International Graphic Arts Biennale in Buenos Aiers and at the 2nd International Young Artists Exhibition in New York; in 1972, 1973 and 1975 at the International Graphic Art Exhibitions; in 1976 and 1977 at the International Art Exhibitions in Belgrade; in 1979 at the “Contemporary Cypriot Art” exhibition in Thessaloniki; in 1993 at the exhibition “25 Cyprit Artists in Athens, the exhibition “Jeux de Lumiẻre” in Paris; and in 1994 at the Art Athina 2 and Art Athina in Athens.bably. Probably one of the most prolific international Cypriot artists ever.