Born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1961. After winning a government scholarship, he studied painting in the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague graduating in 1988. In Cyprus he directs his own Art School, become head of the Pascal English School Art Department, curates the Studio Gallery and lectured at the Nicosia University (Intercollege) and the European University (Cyprus College). Although the work of Nicholas Panayi is undergoing continuous transformation, it still retains a rich emotionalism expressed though vivid contrasts of line surface and texture. Mainly figurative, the work tends to express the internal struggle of humans as a refining process towards spiritual liberation.
Participation in exhibitions includes, “Underground Art” in Prague and “Celebrating the accession of Cyprus in the European Union”, Gelerie Bansard, Paris. Nicholas was also chosen to represent Cyprus in the Florence Biennale 2005, in the 2nd Beijing Art Biennale 2005, the Cairo Biennale 2008 and in 2007 he exhibits in the UNESCO head quarters in Paris. He organises and participates in Bi-communal (Greek and Turkish Cypriot) events including “Art Aware” and “Two Halves”, and acted as a member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Fine Arts in Cyprus. He recently represented Cyprus at the Symposium for Art Education in Athens, in the “Valmiera Art Sypmosium” in Latvia and “Monastir Fair of Fine Arts” Tunisia.
Nicholas Panayi, The Struggle, 2000, Charcoal and chalk on hand-made paper, 80 x 60 cm