Paul Shiakallis was born in Johannesburg in 1982 to parents of Cypriot descent. He studied Commercial Photography for 3 years at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa.
Shiakallis has shot commercially for numerous ad agencies in South Africa for brands such as Sprite, National Geographic, Phillips, Nashua, Coca Cola and Mercedes.
His personal work has been published worldwide, most notably by i-D Mag USA; The Guardian Newspaper UK; New York Mag USA; and The Mail and Guardian Newspaper SA; and he has been involved in exhibitions in Greece, India, Australia and USA
Based at his studio in Johannesburg, South Africa, Shiakallis currently works on advertising, commissioned photo essays and personal projects.