Andreas Karayan studied Medicine at the University of Athens, getting his diploma in 1967. He travelled to London to specialize in his field but was captivated by the air of change in the late 60s, leaving medicine to study Fine Art at the Camberwell School of Art (1972) and the Central School of Art (1973). Continuing his studies in engraving in Germany, he went on to live in Berlin for a time.
Karayan had a descriptive style, depicting daily life with the male figure as the main protagonist – a common feature of his compositions. His visual practice was gradually shaped according to the style of painter Y. Tsarouchis. Working on both media at the same time, his engraving pieces share the themes of his paintings, although the engravings depend more on expressionist values, emphasizing white/black type contrasts.
Andreas Karayan, Female Cyclist, ca 2008, Oil on canvas, 100 x 50 cm