Costas Tsoclis was born in 1930 and passed his childhood years in an Athens. Between the ages of ten and fifteen he lived through the war, the German occupation and the civil war. From fourteen to eighteen he worked, as an assistant to important scenic artists of the cinema. At eighteen years old, he entered the Athens School of Fine Arts. At the age of 24, he began obligatory military service. In those two lost years, however, he did two or three wonderful paintings, he learned Italian, and was awarded a three-year national scholarship that allowed him to leave Greece as a cultural emigrant. Certain art dealers believed in him and mainly Michael and Ileana Sonnabend. Recognition came first in Belgium, Italy and Germany, with exhibitions and articles about his work. In 1986, at the 42th Venice Biennale, he exhibited in the Greek Pavilion the major works "Harpooned Fish" and "The Portraits", characteristic examples of his "Living Painting".