Nick Stathopoulos is the son of Greek migrants, and grew up in Western Sydney. A self-taught artist, he has become known for his hyper-realistic style, particularly his paintings of his childhood toy collection.
A graduate of Macquarie University, he has worked as an artist for over 30 years in film, television, animation, and book publishing. His work now focuses on his solo shows and private commissions.
Nick is a five-time Archibald finalist. His 2016 entry of Sudanese refugee lawyer Deng Adut was voted ‘People’s Choice’ to great critical acclaim and media attention. He has also been a two-time finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. His portrait “Ugly – portrait of Robert Hoge” won the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 Salon des Refusés, and that painting was a finalist in the 2015 BP Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He was also a finalist in the 2016 Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize in Bega, NSW.
Nick currently works between an inner city terrace studio and Project 504 – a shared studio space in North Sydney.