Nectarios Stamatopoulos (b. 1976)
Lives and works in Athens and London.
With background studies in Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts Production works as a professional visual artist.
His artistic output stretches in many media and is much influenced by his early stage career as an illustrator and
comics artist containing many narrative and autobiographical elements.
He has exhibited in museums, galleries and institutions in Greece, Cyprus, France, Germany, USA and the U.K.
in venues such as Tate Britain, Royal Scottish Academy, Phoenix Art Museum, Reece Museum ETSU, Benaki Museum,
Institut Français d'Athènes and others, and his work has been featured in local and international print and online publications.
Works in various museums, libraries and private collections in Greece, UK, and the USA most notably MoMA Library,
Tate Library and Ray Johnson Estate amongst others.
Working experience includes communication design, scenography and illustration for various clients
and regularly teaching drawing in seminars and workshops.
Using drawing as his favorite medium and with a cross disciplinary use of contemporary media he creates works
expressing and exploring ideas about the essence of human condition in the contemporary urban environment.
Incorporating drawing, painting, photography, installation, digital art, small press zines and comic art, and with
found material from a variety of sources ranging from old photographs, ephemera printed matter, comic book art
and art history references, he creates narratives challenging the perception of beauty in the decay of urban landscape.
Personal mark making, travelling and psychogeography, pop surrealism, art history and urban mythology are
reoccurring motifs in his work used as elements of a symbolic portraiture of contemporary urban life.
Much of his work ends up as printed pages in small run artist’s books and zines or as mail art, exploring these forms
as containers or exhibition spaces for art detouring the established gallery system and creating networks
for artistic collaborations and correspondence.
Participation on recent projects examines the dissemination of art and information through networks
via small scale and portable artworks.
Blueprints, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago USA, group exhibition curated in conjunction with Roman Susan Gallery
Shozo Shimamoto, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Nagano Japan, Mail Art event on the occasion of the opening of Shozo Shimamoto exhibition
Osten Biennial of Drawing, Osten Gallery, Skopje Macedonia, Drawing Biennial (forthcoming)
Toaty Wee, Visual Artist Unit Gallery, Glasgow UK, art show based on the concept of miniature art
1st International Mail Art Biennial, Namik Kemal University, Tekirdağ Turkey, Mail Art show
fe(mail) / The Heart Grows Fonder, The Feminist Library, London UK, postcard show to coincide with International Women's Day
Got Mail?, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol UK, group show
Visual Aids / 18th Annual Postcards From the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co Gallery, New York USA, Visual Aids annual benefit event
Alfred & Co / The Circle, Alfred Institute, Tel Aviv Israel, annual group exhibition
RCA Open Exhibition of Art 2015 , The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh UK, annual RSA art show
RAY JOHNSON “Please Add To and Return To”, Printed Matter Inc, New York USA, exhibition of the works from the social media
mail art activation presented by Performa in collaboration with the Estate of Ray Johnson celebrating the life and work of artist Ray Johnson
Anonymous Drawings 2015, Kunstverein Tiergarten Galerie Nord, Berlin Germany, exhibition of drawings curated by Anke Becker
Ζine World, Doomed Gallery, London UK, exhibition of photo zines curated by The Photocopy Club
RUN *5, Room Galleria, Milano Italy, Mail Art Project exhibition
What Do You Wish?, SI Arts Culture Lounge at Staten Island Ferry Terminal, New York USA, mail art show organised by Day de Dada
Salon des Refusés, SPACE Gallery Hakney, London UK, exhibition of artworks rejected by the RA Summer Exhibition
Cut and Paste / LOOK festival, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool UK, photography submission for zine-making workshop and publication
RAY JOHNSON, “Please Add To and Return To”, social media mail art activation presented by Performa, in collaboration with the Estate of Ray Johnson,
celebrating the life and work of artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995)
Rare Art, Menier Gallery, London UK, group show curated by Leila Bibizadeh
Your Friend, Correspondence and Collaboration, Factory Gallery, Seoul S. Korea, group show curated by Taeyoon Choi
The Heart Grows Fonder / FORMAT Festival 2015,St. Werburgh’s Church, Derby UK, live evolving exhibition (THE WALL), and zine-making workshop (CRIME ‘ZINE)
Let's get Xeroxing, Book and Job Gallery, San Francisco USA, urban xerox/photography group show curated by Michael Jang
#twitterartexhibit, Moss Public Library, Moss Norway, postcard art benefiting Home-Start Moss nonprofit organization, curated by David Sandum
Visual Aids / 17th Annual Postcards From the Edge, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York USA, Visual Aids Chelsea annual benefit event
Salontology, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh UK, annual members show
Focus Latin America: Art is our Last Hope, MonOrchid Gallery, Arizona USA, group exhibition of mail art curated by Vanessa Davidson and John Held Jr.
RCA Open 2014 Exhibition of Art, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh UK, annual RSA art show
Frida Kahlo - A woman in the future, Biblioteca di Roncello, Roncello Italy, International Mail Art Exhibition on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary
of the death of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo curated by Margherita Magnaguagno
CGP London Annual Open 2014, Cafe Gallery Southwark Park, London UK, annual open art show
Correspondence, Franklin Art Center / The Crossing Arts Alliance’s Q Gallery, Brainerd Minnesota USA, International Mail Art Exhibition
GAC / Cavellini 1914 - 2014 Ego and Self-Historification, Whitebox Art Center, New York USA, survey exhibition of Cavellini’s artworks
alongside a Mail-Art show curated by Mark Bloch
Loud Tate 2014: Code, Space/Tate Britain, London UK, screenings with glitch remixes of Tate Collection artworks curated by Tate Collectives
II Big - Guarulhos International Biennial of Small Format Artworks, Brazil
Desert Island / Artists’ Books pop up exhibition, Sculpture Center, New York USA, with artist book specially created for the show
A Book About Death, The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, Wales UK, International Art Project organised by Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA UA
The Fl3tc3r Exhibit, Reece Museum - East Tennessee State University, Johnson City TN USA, multi-national juried exhibition of Social and Politically
engaged art curated by Elliott Earls from Cranbrook Academy of Arts
Every one's a Curator - Brighton Photo Fringe and Biennial, Sixty Eight Middle Street event space, photography exhibition organised by Miniclick Photo Talks
Focus Latin America: Art is our Last Hope, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona USA, exhibition of mail art curated by Vanessa Davidson and John Held Jr.
It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information, Franklin Street Works, Stamford Connecticut USA, curated by Zanna Gilbert and Brian Droitcour,
exhibition sponsored in part, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Off the Wall - 9th annual Terrace Open, Terrace Gallery and Studio, London UK, group show curated by Karl Bielik
Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Pizza, Franklin Art Center / Resident Artists Gallery, Brainerd Minnesota USA, group exhibition
Salon des Refusés, Dog Eared Studios, London UK, exhibition of artworks rejected by the RA Summer Exhibition
RA Summer Exhibition 2014, Royal Academy of Arts, London UK, two drawings shortlisted, not hung
Egg Project, Budapest Stamp Museum, Budapest Hungary, mail art exhibition curated by Éva Mosonyi
Berlin - The Photocopy Club, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin Germany, urban xerox/photography group show curated by Matt Martin
Lush Vibes, Franklin Art Center / Resident Artists Gallery, Brainerd Minnesota, USA, group exhibition curated by Casey Hochhalter
Point of Contact, Manifactura Gallery, Athens, solo exhibition of drawings
12X12X2014, Franklin Art Center / Resident Artists Gallery, Brainerd Minnesota, USA, group exhibition
Salonely, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh UK, annual members show
Object Abuse, Spinach art space,London, UK, international curatorial project by McCormack and Gent
Metabolism, Cheap Art Gallery Halandri, Athens, group exhibition
Postal, Franklin Art Center / Resident Artists Gallery, Brainerd Minnesota, USA, international mail art exhibition
Un seul grain de riz, Metanoia Gallery, Paris, France international collaborative exhibition with small scale artworks
Against Lethe, by LesYperYper / 5th ICTVC / Margaris Foundation, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, exhibition of Mail Art in the framework
of the 5th International Conference of Typography and Visual Communication
2013 Project by Café Royal Books, Hanover Gallery, University of Central Lancashire, Preston UK,
with two drawings exhibited and a third included in the C.R.B. limited edition artist book published
on the occasion of the event, this publication in TATE library special collection catalogue
Counter Culture – The emergence of a new social subject since 1980, C.A.M.P. Contemporary Art Meeting Point, Athens, with limited edition
self published zine exhibited, photo of the work and artist reference in the publication of the book ‘’Counter Culture - The emergence of a new social
subject since 1980’’ published by Idiomorfi publications
14th International Comics Festival of Athens, Diplareios School, Athens, with eight pages of comic art
TedXAcademy 2012, The Journey, Benaki Museum, Athens, set design and art installation created on the concept of the event
Art at the Front Page, Chania Museum of Typography, Chania GR, with commissioned cover painting for Athens Voice
Paper, Manifactura Gallery, Athens, collaborative exhibition with works on paper
TedXAcademy 2011, Step Forward, Benaki Museum, Athens, set design and art installation created on the concept of the event
Arteshop, Temporary project space, Athens, collaborative exhibition with paintings
Art Athina, International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, Arteshop gallery, Faliron Pavilion, Athens, with one painting exhibited
Selected Exhibitions/Projects 2010 - 2000
13th International Comics Festival of Athens, Technopolis exhibition space – City of Athens, Athens, with four pages of comic art
Art at the Front Page III, Benaki Museum, Athens, with commissioned cover painting for Athens Voice, participation to collaborative mural
drawing created on the occasion of the event, artist profile included in the publication of A.V. book
Iconomics, Manifactura Gallery, Athens, solo art show
Yuri the Dog – Truth or Anagrammatism? by Vinyl Microstore, Vavel exhibition space, Athens, with three pages of comic art, side event of Yuria 2007
Music Festival by V.M. Collective
Composition-Dècomposition - Thanassis Psaros et Nectarios Stamatopoulos, Institut Français d'Athènes, Athens two persons show with paintings
and comic art, exhibition organized by the French Embassy in Greece, curated by Elisabeth Bargue
Art at the Front Page I, Benaki Museum, Athens, with commissioned cover painting for Athens Voice, artist profile included in the publication of A.V. book
Rendez Vous au Bande Dessinee, Institut Français d'Athènes, Athens, Greek and French comics new talents show, exhibition organized by the
French Embassy in Greece,
Anthropolis, Manifactura Gallery, Athens, collaborative exhibition with paintings and hand crafted design items