Ekaterina Nikidis

Artist, designer, art historian
Born in 1987

Education

— currently — The St. Petersburg Academy of fine arts, art historian (BA)
— 2019 — Art Lyceum named after K. Faberge, jeweller
— 2009 — ITMO University (LIMTU), specialist in computer graphics

Professional Way

Ekaterina started her creative path in 2007 with a private course in academic drawing. She received a degree in computer graphics in 2009, and for 8 years she was involved in graphic design for business — she first worked in the Advertising Department of a trading company, then she was a freelance designer.

But throughout all these years, Ekaterina also drew and painted, improved her skills, and searched for the unique concept and style of her artworks.

2016-2018 years she spent in jewellery, most of all for learning different techniques. She also received a degree in jewellery from the Art Lyceum named after K. Faberge.

So after studying art, design, and history, working with different materials, combining knowledge and techniques from various fields, she finally came to the stage of a stable creating her own concepts and art objects.

Nowadays Ekaterina is a full-time self-employed artist. She creates series of graphics and paintings, jewellery designs, engravings on metal, installations. The main media: acrylic and gilding on different surfaces, watercolours, metals, and gems.

The sources of her inspiration are historical objects and documents, antiquities and their fate, some reflections. Ekaterina talks a lot about the essence of things and events. The fundamental themes of her creativity are philosophical questions of beauty, eternity and moments, the transience of life. The artist pays particular attention to the concept of beauty and its importance for the world.

Ekaterina doesn’t avoid adornment, she emphasises it. With the visual appeal of the artwork, she offers to look at the details more. She offers to immerse yourself in the image and reflect on the story proposed by the author. “See more behind a beautiful cover” is her call.

Exhibitions

2021
— London, The London Art Biennale
— Zurich, ARTBOX.GALLERY, Artbox.Project world 1.0
— Online, the VAA International Spring Exhibition
— Online, The Holy Art Gallery (London), Rebirth (room 2)
— Online, The Artist Lounge (Warwickshire, UK), "In the History" Interactive Exhibition
2020
— Online, Contemporary Art Gallery Online / CAGO (USA), ALL Botanical
— Online, Albe Art Gallery (UAE), Open Minded group exhibition
2019
— Moscow, Russian Art Week, season 2019-autumn
— Saint Petersburg, Great Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists of Saint Petersburg. Calligraphy: yesterday and today
— Ruse (Bulgaria), Regional Library Lyuben Karavelov. Exhibition of the XV International Ex Libris Competition EX LIBRIS-EX CINEMA

Awards

2021
— semi finalist of the "In the History" Art Competition (held by The Artist Lounge).
— 2nd and 3rd place in the Surrealism category of the St. Petersburg Art Week
2020
— the winner of the 7th Annual “ALL Botanical” Online Art Competition. The first place for the picture “Unseen No. 4”. Look at the Competition.

Galleries

2020 — Represented by Albe Art Gallery https://www.albeartgallery.com/ (non-exclusive)

Memberships

The Visual Artists Association (VAA), UK — since 2020

Press

2021
— Catchwater Magazine, issue 1 (February 2021) https://www.catchwatermagazine.com/issue-1-time
— Wild Roof Journal, issue 6 (January 2021) https://wildroofjournal.com/issue-6-gallery-1/#EkaterinaNikidis
2020
— Albe Art Gallery magazine, ​autumn edition https://www.albeartgallery.com/albeartmagazine