Tranos Nikos (1957)

He was born in 1957 in Zarakes village, Evia. He studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts, under George Nikolaidis (1983-1988), and attended a postgraduate programme at the same school on a State Foundation Scholarship (1989-1992). He took sculpture classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris through the ERASMUS exchange programme (1990-1991). His first solo exhibition was held in Athens in 1990 (Artio gallery).
His work mainly includes installations with a variety of media and materials. Diversity is one of the main features of his work, in which three-dimensional constructions coexist with drawings on paper, sculptures, photography and video, often in conjunction with ready-made objects, such as music boxes or old furniture, collected from the city waste. His installations reorganize space and function in a theatrical or interactive mode, activating the senses and the reactions of the viewer. The search for balance between the familiar and the unexpected, the social commentary, the pursuit of communication through the artwork, and the multidimensional interpretation of recurring motifs (house, urban images, violence) are some of the elements that define the conceptual content of his artistic proposals.
He teaches sculpture at ASFA since 1995. He has organized workshops, exhibitions and other art-related events. Since 2003, he is a founding member of the art group SAVRA ART.
He has presented several solo exhibitions in Athens and Thessaloniki, and has participated in many group exhibitions and international events in Greece and other European countries, e.g.: Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (Thessaloniki 1986, Bologna 1988), Lineart (Ghent, Belgium 1990-1991), Inside (Kassel, Germany 1997), 42th Salon de Montrouge, (France 1997), Art Athina (1993, 1995, 1997, 2000) et al.