Andreas Nomikos

Painter, Set Designer, Costume Designer
He was born in Alexandria in 1917. He studied Law and Political Sciences at the University of Athens. He took painting lessons under Georges Gounaropoulos. He continued to study painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. With the outbreak of WWII he returned to Greece and joined the army. In 1944 he escaped from occupied Greece to serve in Greek forces in the Middle East and Italy. He debuted as set designer at Karolos Koun’s Art Theater. He has collaborated as a set and costume designer with theater companies and institutions in Greece and abroad, including: Dimitris Myrat, Katerina Theater and Dimitris Horn’s troupes, the National Theater (1955-59), the operas of Houston, New York, Cincinnati, Munich State Orchestra and the festivals of Salzburg, Florence and Athens. In 1956 he was hired as artistic director with the New York City Center Opera. He designed sets for works by Pirandello, Ibsen, Bernard Shaw, Eugene O'Neill, etc. He taught at the University of Indiana (since 1960) and as of 1971 he taught set design and history of theater at the University of North Carolina. At the same time he became involved in painting and engraving. He held individual and group exhibitions around the world. In 1985, the National Gallery presented a retrospective exhibition of his monotypes and costume drawings. He collaborated with the GNO in 1955, when he designed the set and costumes for the production of Idomeneo, King of Crete [Idomeneo, re di Creta], staged at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, as part of the then newly established Athens Festival.