Paul Shiakallis was born in Johannesburg in 1982 to parents of Cypriot descent. His father taught him how to use a camera at the age of 15 and his first photographs were of flowers. He realized his infatuation with detail through art. After one year of Journalism at the University of Johannesburg he transferred to Pretoria Tech to complete his national diploma. He then assisted for 5 years.
Shiakallis currently lives and works in Johannesburg as freelance photographer.