I was born in 1980 in Athens, Greece. From a very young age I was interested in fine arts and painting in particular and at the age of 15 I became fascinated with a diorama I saw at a store. That was my introduction to model building. After a couple of failed attempts at building dioramas I realized that this was not my thing.
The first figure fell into my hands when I was 16. A year and half a dozen figures later, I decided to get some milliput clay and try to sculpt my first miniature.
Already pushing 20, sculpting miniatures took up less of my free time due to my demanding studying schedule. Within the next 4 years I had acquired my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (graphic design and interactive media, first class honors) from Vakalo College. I also took painting lessons and architectural scale model building seminars.
As soon as I finished my studies and upon my release from the army, I started my own business as a freelance graphic designer. Thinking ahead, I also put together a space that could be used as a workshop, so I can sculpt miniatures with no disruptions. This workshop became my hideaway!
The summer of 2011 had a life changing experience installed for me; winning a prestigious award at an international show (SWISS WORLD EXPO) despite the fact that this was my first attendance. That was the turning point for me, I decided to systematically sculpt miniature figures and two years after that, I started my own company dedicated to producing and selling figures for collectors and painters, “Michael Kontraros Collectibles” basely for fantasy enthusiasts
It would be unfair on my behalf not to mention the people that have worked with me on all these projects by giving “life” with the use of their paints and brushes: Chris Panagiotou, Diego Ruina, Francesco Farabi, Greg di Franco, Philippe Gengembre. Although concepts are solely based on my designs, the skill of a painter is what gives a project its final touch.
Fianly, one of the most important monents is this one. Being part of this of this amazing collection – project, among great and talented artists, is an honor and a great privilege.