Born in Limassol in 1936. He grew up in Nicosia,
graduated from the Pankyprion High School in 1953 and
studied law at the University of Cambridge (MA and LIB
Grays Inn: Barister at Law).
In 1996 he co-founded with Dimitris Pierides the
Tornaritis-Pierides Marine Life Foundation on which he
bestowed a great part of his collection of fossils and
marine-life specimens from Cyprus. The Foundation has
established two museums; the Tornaritis-Pierides
Municipal Museum of Palaeontology, Larnaca, and the
Thalassa Museum, Ayia Napa. Since 1967 he paints
subjects relating to Cyprus.
In 1969 he exhibited in Famagusta together with the
well-known painter John Corbidge. In 2009 he presented
his works together with the Turkish-Cypriot painter
Hulusi Halit at the Nicosia City Hall near the Green
Line. In November 2009 he exhibited jointly with Hulusi
Halit at the Heinrich Boll Foundation building in
Berlin. He has participated in numerous group
exhibitions of painting.