Nectarios Stamatopoulos (b. 1976). Lives and works in Athens and London. 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. and his work has been featured in local and international print and online publications.
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.