In 1894, while still a student, he had his poem "Thlipsis" (Sorrow) published in Athens daily "Asty". He quickly became popular and even attracted the attention of Kostis Palamas. He studied Law at Athens University but did not complete his studies. In 1900, he travelled to Paris, Rome and London. On his return to Greece he settled in Piraeus, where he stayed until his death οn December 4, 1932, publishing poems in various literary magazines.
During his lifetime, Porfyras published only one collection called "Skies" (Shadows). After his death, his family published another collection called "Musical Voices".