Theo Stavropoulos was born in Athens, Greece in 1930. He studied art under Gounaropoulos and at the School of Fine Arts in Athens. In 1947 he travelled to Paris where he studied at academie Julienne and the Ecole des Beaux Arts. There he studied with M. Souverbie and was invited to study under Fernand Leger. In 1955 he was accepted at Yale University where he studied with Josef Albers.