Nicos Nicolaou (1909-1986) was born at the island of Hydra. He initially studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1929-36) and then continued his studies in Paris and Rome. In 1939 he was awarded a painting scholarship by Prince Nicholas of Greece. During his lifetime he was engaged in fresco painting and etching, as well as book illustration and stage design. In 1964 he was elected professor at the School of Fine Arts and went on to become its director. His work is clearly anthropocentric with persistence on the female figure and has recourse to the ancient Greek pictorial tradition. Nicos Nicolaou passed away at the island of Aegina in 1986.