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photo credit Dimitrios Poupalos Studio

Nikomachi Karakostanoglou is a painter and sculptor. The main object of her research is materiality and the narratives or stories it entails and constructs. Her work utilises the morphological and semantic capacities of a wide range of aesthetic categories—in situ installations, sculptures, watercolours, and videos—proposing a spatial and experiential condition around themes such as the relationship of human beings with nature, the reuse of things and their lives in the present, folk history, gender politics, mysticism and magic, spirituality, and sensuality.

She perceives material (bronze, marble, clay, paper, and color) as an indispensable element of each work’s form, idea, and self-actualization. For her, materials are conduits of communication but also empathy, and her works suggest an ongoing dialogue between tangible surface and "immaterial" (psychological, emotional, mnemonic, and cosmological) energy. Therefore, she remains constantly in active interaction with the viewers and the historical or social contexts of the places, buildings, and monuments in which the works are exhibited. Her artistic practice is a kind of enlivenment of visual memory, capturing what "otherwise would slip away, but of enlivening what otherwise would remain dead" (Erwin Panofsky).

Nikomachi Karakostanoglou was born and raised in Athens. She studied business administration at the Athens University of Economics and Business. She continued her studies in London, attending the Public Art (BA) program at Chelsea School of Art and the Fine Art: Sculpture (BA, Hons) program at Wimbledon School of Art. In 2011, she left for Shanghai to study Chinese calligraphy, through which she explored new forms of rendering water and transparency. After her return from Shanghai in 2017, she worked exclusively on her drawings and sculptures, challenging herself with the scale of the works and the materials she had collected during her travels in Asia. In 2019, she attended an art residency in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Her work has been presented at the Benaki Museum as well as in galleries in Greece and abroad.


September 2023          Art Athina 2023                             Space 52, Zappeio, Athens                             Group Exhibition

July 2023                       My past is a foreign country         DEO, Chios                                                       Group Exhibition

July 2023                       Contemporary womanhood 1.0   Momus Alex Mylona, Athens                         Group Exhibition

June 2023                      Plasmata II                                       Stegi - Onassis Foundation, Ioannina           Group Exhibition

February 202                Ti kala ta leei to aidoni                     Benaki Museum                                                Dual Show

November 2022            Egkleismoi                                       Dromokaiteio Athens                                       Group Exhibition

May 2022                       Forthcoming III                              Space 52 Athens                                               Group exhibition

February 2022              Symbiosis                                        St Vincents Antwerp, OTOMYS                    Solo exhibition

October 2021                Identity                                            Mirko Mayer Gallery Cologne                        Group exhibition

September 2021           Anestios                                           Katakouzinos House Athens                            Group exhibition

July 2021                        The right to breath                         Undercurrent NYC                                           Group exhibition

February 2021               A Narrative on nature                   Otomys Contemporary Mebourne                Solo exhibition

November 2020          State of mind. State of being       Mirko Mayer Gallery Cologne                         Solo exhibition

October 2020              Art Athina 2020                            Cask Gallery Larissa                                          Art Fair

July 2020                      Sunsculptures                                  Mirko Mayer Gallery  Mykonos                      Group exhibition

February 2020            Quarantine exhibition                    Space 52 Athens                                                Group exhibition

January 2020               Someone else’s nostalgia              Crux Gallery  Athens                                         Group exhibition

December 2019           Atacama                                          IsnotGallery    Nicosia                                        Solo exhibition

June 2019                      Forthcoming II                               Space 52 Athens                                                Group exhibition

March 2018                   Confronting Maximalism             Martinos Gallery Athens                                   Solo exhibition &  Curation



Works in Collections


Bioiatriki Medical Group Collection

Grand Hyatt Athens Collection




October 2020                        Atacama Desert

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Athens   | Greece

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