Elias Nicholas Katsaros was born of Greek parentage in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey in 1945. Upon arriving in Athens, Greece at the age of 19 he attended the Art Institute of Athens where he was taught the basics of the Byzantine technique, a technique which would influence his painting of icons in the future. Mr. Katsaros also didextensive studies and work in interior design of homes, set decorations for theater and ballet productions while in Greece.
Upon arriving in America in 1969 Elias continued his studies in Byzantine Iconography while studying and working in New York for several years. He has made Huntsville, Alabama his home where he established his studio with his wife Elaine. His work can be found in churches all across the United States.
After 45 years spent painting murals filling churches with Byzantine Iconography Elias retired in 2016. With his good friend and mentor Helen Vaughn, Elias is freeing himself from the strict discipline necessary to paint Icons and returning to his first passion: painting landscapes, still lifes, portraits and more...even trying his hand at abstracts.