Nectarios Stamatopoulos (b. 1976)
Lives in Athens and works both in Greece and UK.
Background studies include Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts Production.
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.
Exhibitions in museums, institutions and galleries worldwide in venues such as Tate Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy,
National Galleries of Scotland, Royal West of England Academy, Royal Ulster Academy, Royal Cambrian Academy,
Derby Art Museum, University of Central Lancashire (UK), Phoenix Art Museum, Reece Museum ETSU,
Ray Johnson Estate (USA), Karuizawa New Art Museum (Japan), Reykjavík Art Museum (Island), Benaki Museum,
NEON Organization, Institut Français d'Athènes, TEDxAcademy (Greece) and others.
His work has been featured in local and international print and online publications such as Dazed Digital,
Cafe Royal Books, The Photocopy Club and others.
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.
He has contributed work for various charity events and auctions like Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show,
National Brain Appeal, The Strokes Association, Visual Aids NY and TedxAcademy.
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.
Works in various museum, libraries and private collections worldwide
Tate Library Special Collections, London UK
British Library, London UK
University of Leeds / School of Design, Leeds UK
MoMA Library, New York U.S.A.
Ray Johnson Estate, New York U.S.A.
Royal West of England Academy / Drawing Lab 2018, Bristol UK
The Postal Museum, London UK
The Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection, Pratt Institute, New York U.S.A.
The FL3TC3R Exhibit Collection, Tennessee U.S.A.
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona USA
Franklin Art Center, Minessota USA
Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavík Island
Karizawa New Art Museum, Nagano Japan
Osten Biennial of Drawing, Osten Skopje
Budapest Stamp Museum, Budapest Hungary
Namik Kemal University, Tekirdağ Turkey
Margaris Foundation, Athens GR
John Held Jr., Mail Art Researcher - Lecturer USA
Feevale University Cultural Space, Novo Hamburgo Brazil,
Photography Center of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki GR
Photobookshow archive, UK
Zines of the Zone archive, France
Greece / UK / USA / Italy / Germany / Switzerland / Hungary /
Austria / Denmark / Nederlands / Israel / Brazil / France / South Korea /
Japan / Island / Skopje / Turkey