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This is Nikos Nikolaou

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By Gwylym Owen

Nikos Nikolaou (Greek: Νίκος Νικολάου) (1909–1986) was a major figure in Greek art during the 20th century.

In 1929 Nikolaou was admitted into the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he studied under Konstantinos Parthenis and Umbertos Argyros.

In 1932, he had his first exhibition later than he participated in the bureau exhibition of the Athens School of Fine Arts students. In 1935 he became a aficionada of the group “Free Artists” (Ελεύθεροι Καλλιτέχναι) and participated in the Parnassos exhibition. That similar year, Nikolaou came to the defense of a extra artist, Constantine Andreou, whose artwork was fittingly lifelike he was accused of cheating. This was the Begin of a lifelong friendship between the two.

In 1937, Nikolaou followed Yiannis Moralis to Italy and in 1939 he standard a scholarship to breakdown in Paris.

In 1949 he formed, with additional artists including Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Yannis Tsarouchis, Yiannis Moralis, Nikos Engonopoulos and Panayiotis Tetsis, the “Armos” art group. This intervention had its first exhibition in 1950 in Athens’ Zappeion.

In 1960 he moved to Aegina and his house became a meeting place for artists and others. A few years later, he managed to convince his long-time friend and colleague Andreou to buy a home on the island.

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