He studied painting, first in Zante and then at the St Luca Academy in Rome. When he returned to Greece, he taught painting in Zante, Corfu and Smyrna. In 1875, he participated in the “Olympia” exhibition. A man of many interests, he spoke English and Italian, wrote poetry and copied works by great masters. He also made aquarelles, featuring scenes, poses and costumes of the refugees and fighters from the Greek mainland who sought shelter in the Ionian Islands during this period.

Iatras as a painter belongs to the Ionian School. He was mainly engaged in portraiture, seeking to idealize his figures, his work contributing to the stylistic changes happening in the latter half of the 19th century in the Ionian Islands.