Emmanouil Bitsakis was born in Athens in 1974. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1996-2001). In 2001, he received a scholarship from the Danish Institute in Athens to spend two months in Copenhagen creating artwork. He has held seven solo shows: The Pursuit of Happiness, CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery, 2020; Persistent Minimum, The Sotiris Felios Collection, 16 Fokionos Negri, 2018; Elizabethan Collar, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, 2013-2014; Painting, Κ-Art Gallery, Athens, 2011; Faces Of The Uigur Through Song & Dance, National Portrait Gallery (as part of the BP Portrait Award 2009, as the winner of the BP Travel Award 2008), London 2009; Painting, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens, 2004 and 2009. He has taken part in art fairs and group exhibitions in Greece and internationally. His work has been shown in museums such as the Drawing Center in New York (Small, 2014); the National Portrait Gallery in London (BP Portrait Award 2007 and 2008); the Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome (Ellenico Plurale, 2012); and the Benaki Museum in Athens (Nees Morfes 50 Years Later, 2010). He lives and works in Athens.