NICHOLAS (NIKOS) SMYRNIOS was born in Edessa, Greece, to parents of Asia Minor descent.
In his early 20s he immigrated to Stockholm, Sweden, where he studied in the Institute of Graphic Arts and the National College of Art & Design, a school which is considered as the heart of Scandinavian Design.
Working in relevant professional and academic environments in both Sweden and Greece, he gained valuable experience and exceptional skills which have been reflected in his long lasting creative activity.
The collection presented in the Saatchi online constitutes a small portion of Smyrnios' work and represents only few of the media he explored (painting, video, animation, graphic art) and the ideas he expressed through varied styles.
Being actively engaged in the education of applied arts, as well as in graphic design, Smyrnios has managed to establish his artistic identity as a “child of his time”, interacting continuously with the modern spirit and New Media, adapting and discarding the elements of the Zeitgeist.
STATEMENT OF THE ARTIST
Aiming to invention and innovation, but remaining at the same time connected to the modernist tradition, I base my art in the belief that painting should be a synthesis of visual forces, generated by distinct realities and their juxtaposition.
Thereby, a broad experimentation in both subject and technique is of great importance, as well is to keep in touch with inner self. I have been influenced by Surrealism, Pop Art and Op Art, but mainly by the theories of Stylistic Pluralism that suggests the liberation of artists from being bound to one particular artistic identity, manifested in oneparticular style.
Stylistic pluralism treats different artistic perspectives as constituents of the global art collective, each integrated into the global culture and feeding off each other’s strengths.
My long-term professional involvement as a graphic designer and illustrator as well as my early acquaintance with digital media, allow me to use a variety of techniques in order to create versatile and unique works that challenge viewers to engage in new and different visual logics.
1. University College of Art and Design, Stockholm, Sweden (Konstfackskolan). Highest Diploma in Communication Design, MA equivalent, five-year degree, (1974-1977, 1979-1981).
2. Graﬁska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Highest Diploma in Graphic Arts, two-year degree (1977-1979).
1. Intaglio Printmaking. Training Program for Professional Artists. Stockholm, Sweden (1983).
2. Radio Program Production. Sweden’s National Radio, Stockholm (1983).
3. Stage Design. Stockholm University Open Courses, (1985).
4. Computer Graphics. Consortium for Graphic Information Technology in Europe, Athens, Greece. (1989).
■ ACADEMIC AWARDS
Two-year Scholarship by the Swedish Institute for studies and research in Sweden, (1978-1980).
• 1990, Aesthetic and functional upgrades to editions published by the Local Administration Organizations in Greece. EETAA, Athens.
• 2009, Nikos Smyrnios: Apogee Hellenic Soul – A monography (Nίκος Σµυρνιός: Ψυχή Απόγειος Ελληνική). Doukas LTD, Thessaloniki.
• 1978, 7th International Poster Biennale of Warsaw, Poland.
• 1979, 3rd International Poster Biennale of Lahti, Finland.
• 1981, International Poster Competition of ATM (Public Transportation Organization), Milan, Italy. Second Prize winner.
• 1982, Gallery Mati, Stockholm, Sweden.
• 1983, Kulturhuset Cultural Center, Stockholm, Sweden.
• 1984, Greek-Swedish Art Symposium, Vätö, Sweden.
• 1986, Major Exhibition of Contemporary Greek Art in Athens, organised by the Greek Ministry of Culture to support the restauration of the monumental murals in Mexico.
• 1991, International Exhibition Coup de Lune, Paris, France.
• 2000, Fleming Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
• 2001, German Institute Goethe, Computer Animation and Digital Art Show “Archetypa”, Thessaloniki, Greece.
• 2005, Fleming Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
• 2011, Pallini Hotel Gallery, Chalkidiki, Greece.
• 2012, Kirmizi Ardic Kusu Gallery, Alacati, Izmir, Turkey.