Born in Athens, Greece, Ioannis Lykouris studied law at the University of Athens and accomplished his post-graduated studies in Civil and Commercial Law at the University of Paris II, France. Nowadays, he is working as a lawyer in Piraeus and he is the Deputy Legal Counselor of the Hellenic Post SA.
In fact, Ioannis Lykouris was keen on photography very early. At the age of 12 years, he signed up as member of the Hellenic Photographic Society, thereby becoming its ever youngest member. Since 1993, he is a member of the Administrative Council of the Hellenic Photographic Society and since 1997 the Greek Liaison Officer in the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). In the year 2010, he became member of the Directory Board of FIAP and one year later he assumed the responsibilities both of the Direction of the FIAP Biennial Service and of the Vice Presidency of the Hellenic Photographic Society. Since 2012, he is elected as Secretary General of FIAP.
Ioannis Lykouris often creates diaporamas, sometimes accompanied by his own music and likes landscape photography, portrait, photojournalism and digital photography. For the past 5 years, he has been working mainly on nude photography, trying to give his models graphic shapes that go beyond body forms.
In addition, he has traveled around the world and taken thousand of pictures of different places, especially from remote and difficult to reach areas, like Papua-New Guinea, Borneo, Tasmania, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tibet, Eritrea, Namibia, Libya, Bolivia, or the Galapagos Islands. His photographs have been published in many foreign magazines of artistic photography. In Greece, his work soon became of great request and has been presented in most of the bigger magazines and newspapers.
Besides, he has participated with success in many Biennials and in many group exhibitions abroad. He has also organised many personal exhibitions in Greece and other countries. His photographs repeatedly won many awards in Greek and international competitions, among them many gold medals. He has participated many times as a jury member to international photographic contests in Greece and abroad.
In the year 2002, FIAP honored Ioannis Lykouris with the distinction of AFIAP, which was followed by the distinction EFIAP in 2009 and finally by the highest distinction MFIAP in 2014, for his artistic inspiration and work. In the meantime (2007), FIAP granted him also the distinction of ESFIAP followed by the HonEFIAP distinction (2012) as recognition to his contribution to FIAP and Photography.
In 2011 he was honored for his participation and involvement in photography by Sille Sanat Sarayi in Konya (Turkey), as the best photographer in the world for that year. Different photographic Associations or Federations conferred him as a mark of respect for his services in Photography their Honorary Life Membership, among them the Bangladesh Photographic Society (2013), the Foto Club Buenos Aires (2013), the Federation Argentina de Fotografia (2013) the Federation of Indian Photography (2014), the PESGSPC (2015) and the Photographic Association of Dum Dum (2017).