A self-taught artist, Kypraios settled in Athens in 1960, working in graphic design and book illustration. In 1972, he immigrated to Australia where he opened his own workshop. His early works show the impact Byzantine art had on him, especially in terms of colour and overall tone. The remarkable brilliance of his artworks is due to light, which emanates from the centre of his forms, regardless of whether the work is a portrait or a still life with roses and orchids.
On the other hand, some of his content – clusters of erotic forms or forms divorced from their environments – fantastical themes in general, have the temperament of worn murals or partly destroyed vessels. His works created after 1980 exhibit an expressionist style with leanings towards symbolic movements, revealing the inner and social relationships the migrant had with his new cosmopolitan environment.
Nikos Kypraios, A Desert Garden, 2007, Oil on board, 100 x 70 cm