Nikolina Petolas

Nikolina Petolas

Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

About Nikolina Petolas

Nikolina is a visual artist from Zagreb, Croatia. She works in several techniques, such as photo collage, digital art, oils and acrylics.

With her works she searches to underline the psychological and social aspects of our identity and effects that endless soul searching has on our lives.

In her metaphorical presentations, from dreamlike landscapes and fantasy scenery to strange and dark characters, creatures and environments, she uses the observation of inner conflicts and questions that arise from them, as a dreamy and vivid example to show complex human emotions and drives as well as her subjective personal experience of the world.

Visual interpretations of animal fables with profound detailed compositions in her signature 'Tale of the Blue Pear' series has been recognized by private collectors worldwide and luxury venues such as Seabourn and Marriot autograph collection.

Nikolina's work has gained multiple international awards and has been shown in numerous international exhibitions as well as several art projects. Her work was exhibited globally, in galleries and museums of Europe, USA and Asia, most recently being exhibited at an individual exhibition in Paris. Her art is also represented in various books, magazines and publications, including the prestige "Lexikon phantastischer Künstlerinnen" by Gerhard Habarta.


2020 - 2nd Place Winner, Lollipop Series, IPA Awards, Digitally enhanced
2020 -1st Place Winner Single image, 'The Smuggler of Happiness', The 15th Pollux Awards, Digital manipulation & collage
2020 - Honorable mention, The 15th Pollux Awards, 'The Tree House', Digital manipulation & collage
2020 - Honorable mention , The 15th Pollux Awards, 'Green Tendencies', Digital manipulation & collage
2020 - BBA Gallery Berlin, Photography prize, longlist selected
2020 - PX3 - Honorable mention, Professional, Fine Art, Digitally enhanced
2020 - FAPA FineArt Photography Awards, Professional, nominee
2019 - ND AWARDS, Gold medal winner, Professional fine art
2019 - BIFA Budapest Foto awards, Honorable mention, Professional Collage
2019 - IPA International Photography awards, Honorable mention, Professional Special
2019 - Ecology art competition, konkurs Kombinart, Sabac, Serbia
2019 - Donggang festival, Finalist, South Korea
2019 – FAPA FineArt Photography Awards, Bronze winner, Professional
2018 – Zagreb Salon, PSA Bronze winner
2017 – best photo illustration, Bookill fest , Novi Sad, Serbia
2017 – 1st award - art competition - 'Reality we live in', Kombinart, Šabac, Serbia

Lexicon of phantastic arts book, Gerhard Habarta
Masters of contemporary fine art book, Pedro Boaventura
Miroir Magazine
Adome Chroma
Klassik Magazine
Get inspired
Toner magazine
Panorama magazine
ProGetti Smarriti
Ladder & Key
Above Art, Illusory Worlds
Revista Falacia
Visual Artistry


2020 - 10 November - 10 December -Nature and the Artifice: Other Worlds - online, Artsy, The Contemporary Art Modern Project
2019 - 7th November - 21st December, Solo show, Tale of the Blue Pear, Galerie Boris, Paris
2019 - 8th - 12th November, Lishui Photography festival, Tale of the Blue Pear, Zhejiang Province, China
2019 - 29th October - Surrealism of Goa, Zagreb, Lisbon and Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal  
2019 - August, Kombinart, Sabac, Serbia
2019 - April, Salon Internacional del arte conteporaneo, Melilla, Spain
2019 - April, Fiarte X, Churriana de la Vega, Spain
2019 - International Surrealism Now, 13th edition, Municipal Gallery Antonio Vitorino, Viera de Leiria

2018 - Fotoklub Zagreb, exhibition of awarded photographers, museum Mimara, Zagreb, Croatia
2018 - International Surrealism Now, Coimbra, Portugal
2018 - ImageNation Paris (Paris Photo Days) / Paris / France
2018 - Tale of the Blue Pear/Yixian Photo Festival / Huanshang / Anhui / China
2018 - Through art ~ resist and recover, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, US
2018 - April - Fiarte IX, Calle San Ramón, Churriana de la Vega, Spain
2018 - March - Bookill Fest, Novi Sad, Serbia

2017 - December Poros Museum, International Surrealism Now, Condeixa Nova, Portugal
2017 – September – Trierenberg Super Circuit, Linz, Austria
2017 - August Pamali Festival, Pamart, Passo San Boldo, Italy
2017 - July - Circle Seven, Callas Bremen, Germany
2017 – May, Reality we live in, Square of Sabac Victims, Sabac, Serbia
2017 - 'Real - Surreal - Unreal' / Villa Berberich, Bad Säckingen / Germany
2017 – May – Surrealism Moscow, Zagreb, Coimbra, Lisbon, Museum House of Fernando Namora, Condeixa-a-Nova, Portugal
2017 – April, Munchner Science & Fiction festival, Einstein Kultur, Munchen, Germany
2017 – March, Kombinart, Square of Sabac victims, Šabac, Serbia
2017 – March – Bookill fest, Novi Sad, Serbia

2016 – December - Surrealism Coimbra, Lisbon, Paris and Zagreb, Coimbra, Portugal
2016 – December – 37. Zagreb Salon, museum of city Sibenik, Sibenik, Croatia
2016 – November - 37. Zagreb Salon museum Mimara, Zagreb, Croatia
2016 - September, Phototek foto klub, 33. International Photo Exhibition, Esbjerg, Denmark
2016 – April - 'Balance', Callas Bremen, Germany
2016 – February - Espaço Partícula, Coimbra, Portugal
2016 - February 'Crossover", Art Central Bremen, Germany
2015 - June - 'Mixed up', Flora Expo Center, Burgas, Bulgaria
2015 - February - 'Circle Seven', Callas Bremen, Germany


Lexicon of phantastic arts book, Gerhard Habarta
Master of contemporary fine art book, Pedro Boaventura
Miroir magazine
Adome Chroma
Klassik Magazine
Get inspired
ProGetti Smarriti
Ladder & Key
Above Art, Illusory Worlds
Revista Falacia
Visual Artistry


Saatchi collections including:
"New this week 1-20-2020"
"Best of photography 2019"
"Saatchi Fall 2019 Catalog Vol I, Vol II"
"Saatchi Holiday catalog 2019"
"Best of September 2019"
"New this week 9-09-2019"
"New this week" 7-15-2019
"Best of year 2018"
"New this week" 4-30-2018
"Contemporary takes on Surrealism""
"Contemporary Photography"
"Hot Shots: New Photography"