Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus

Yiannis Toumazis studied Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, Theatre Design at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, in The Netherlands, and Theory of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, France, where he received his Ph.D. He was Professor in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, of Frederick University [2009-2022] teaching Aesthetics, History of Art and History of Design. He was also the coordinator of the doctoral program “PhD in Art and Design Practices”.

He has been the Director and Chief Curator of NiMAC [The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation] (1994-2022). He was also the Director of the Pierides Foundation, one of the oldest private cultural institutions in Cyprus. He has designed, organized and curated more than hundred modern and contemporary art exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad. In 2011, he was the curator of the Cyprus Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy.

He is author of numerous publications, exhibition catalogues and other scientific articles. He has been actively involved in Museum Design, including the award-winning THALASSA Municipal Museum in Ayia Napa. He has extensively designed for the theatre in The Netherlands, Greece and Cyprus.

In January 2014, he was appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Theatre Organization (THOC). He was reappointed for a second term in 2016. In May 2015, he was appointed by the President of the Republic Vice-President of the Bi-communal Technical Committee of Culture, which aims to bring together the two main communities of Cyprus through Culture. In 2011, he was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic for his contribution to Culture. In 2020, he was unanimously elected Corresponding Member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts.