Born in 1984 in Cyprus, Sylvia Nicolaides originally trained in education focusing on the visual arts and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Cyprus and a Master’s Degree from the University of Exeter in the UK. In 2010 she received her Bachelor’s Fine Arts Degree from Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts) London and her second Master’s Degree in Audio-Visual Studies in the Academy of Performing Arts, in the Film and Television department (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic.
She participated in several group art exhibitions and her films were screened at several film festivals both in Cyprus and internationally. In 2011 she was short-listed at the Façade Video Festival in Plovdiv Bulgaria. In 2013 she participated in the exhibition ‘Catharsis/Rebirth’ in Paphos, Cyprus and co-directed a short film presentation from it, which was selected and presented in the Louvre Museum in Paris as part of the Michelangelo Pistoletto’s exhibition ‘Annee Un – Le Paradis Sur Terre’. In 2014 she directed the 3D video art ‘Airground’ which was premiered at the 3D Korea Film Festival in Seoul and awarded with the Jury's Special Prize. In 2015 she co-directed the award-winning mockumentary 'Salvador' and the documentary ‘Cementography’ a three-year project, both screened in festivals around the world.
She is the co-founder of Kimonos Art Center, and the co-founder and co-director of the Paphos International Film Festival (PIFF).