Arts

Nikos Zarras


Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nikos is a Greek Artist who started his art journey at a young age “I started drawing at the age of 7 yrs old. I persuade my dreams by being who I am today. My artistic skills do not end by just paintings but also, I have worked with Lakis Apostolidis – a Greek pioneer and legend in puppet making in his traditional puppet theatre: In charge of making puppets, designing and constructing the sets and puppet playing at the shows, and in which I was employed as Head Artist for all their art, murals and imaging needs for over 10 years. To this, I add the very valuable skills of communication, an analytical mind, and a desire for the best in every project. By using my artistic skills to create, sculptures, murals, interior design artwork, baby rooms. Residing in Oman, has given me the opportunity to explore the beauty of the country and influenced my art pieces.”

In addition, Nikos uses a unique artistic technique such as “sand painting” pouring natural sand onto a surface to make a fixed sand painting. His technique starts with a blank canvas, then he sketches the actual piece of art, finally he uses glues the pure sand grains n specific areas of the painting, achieving 3d effect. “The painting technique starts with a sketch. After, small or big parts, pouring the pure color sands by hand to build the color and the motives in the uncovered area, retire the cover. The sand paintings have proven to resist the effect of direct sun without changes of colors or yellowing of the adhesive protection”


Nick’s art is not only influenced by Oman but also encouraged him to capture the beauty of the country through his camera lens, “ With the beauty of Oman’s landscapes and culture, my camera has not stopped, Oman has added a huge value to my art since I moved here. Oman’s mesmerizing landscapes and old villages and forts have played a vast impact on my art. Since I moved to Oman in 2011, most of my artwork and photography is about Oman. Living in Oman as a foreigner gives you a different perspective of life and it inspired me and my work to create and experiment with various other art techniques and materials.”

Nick has also participated in various exhibitions in Muscat,  

“I participated in an Exhibitions in Bait Muzna Gallery and had my first exhibition with various other artists at the One & Only Royal Mirage with Galatea Gallery in Dubai. In Muscat I had my Exhibition at City Seasons and have broaden my various art techniques. My recent Photography Exhibition in collaboration with a local Omani artist, Sarah A.F.“ Where Art meets Fashion” was hosted at Muscat Bay, has open my horizon to various new projects. In April 2019, I hosted an Exhibition with my students at Muscat Bay. I participate in various art events in Muscat. My recent participation is with Gratitude, “The Launch of a Masterpiece” a Noble Project by 27 expatriate artists from 20 countries in memory of Sultan Qaboos. I recently had my Solo Exhibition at the Art & Soul Gallery at the Waterfront in Muscat.”


As an art teacher for both adults and kids, he enjoys spreading his knowledge of art, “it gives me the satisfaction in life to see how my skills has encouraged many students and how they have progressed with their artistic skills. Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body, and mind, and this feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action. Believe that one of the major responsibilities of artists – and the idea that artists have responsibilities may come as a surprise to some – is to help people not only get to know and understand something with their minds but also to feel it emotionally and physically. Art also encourages us to cherish intuition, uncertainty, and creativity and to search constantly for new ideas; artists aim to break rules and find unorthodox ways of approaching contemporary issues. Being artistic is something that is not just being an artist but we all have it in us in various ways”



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