Nicholas Smyrnios (surname indicating a Smyrna origin), was born to parents of Asia Minor descent in Edessa Greece, 1950, and grew up in the historical city of Thessaloniki.  In his early 20s, he immigrated to Stockholm Sweden, where he studied in the Institute of Graphic Arts and the University College of Art & Design, considered as the heart of Scandinavian Design.
Working in relevant professional and academic environments in both Sweden and Greece, he gained valuable experience and exceptional skills which have been reflected in his long-lasting creative activity. 
Engaged as a graphic designer as well as a teacher in applied arts education for more than 35 years, Smyrnios managed to establish his artistic identity as a “child of his time”, interacting continuously with the modern spirit and new media, adapting and discarding the elements of the Zeitgeist. 


  • University College of Art and Design, Stockholm, Sweden (Konstfackskolan). Highest Diploma in Communication Design, MA equivalent, five-year degree, (1974-1977, 1979-1981).
  • Grafiska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Highest Diploma in Graphic Arts, two-year degree (1977-1979).
Other studies
  • Intaglio Printmaking. Training Program for Professional Artists. Stockholm, Sweden (1983).
  • Radio Program Production. Sweden’s National Radio, Stockholm (1983).
  • Stage Design. Stockholm University Open Courses, (1985).
  • Computer Graphics. Consortium for Graphic Information Technology in Europe, Athens, Greece. (1989).

academic awards

  • Winner of a two-year full Scholarship appointed by the Swedish Institute for studies and research in Sweden (1978-1980).

creative work

Collaboration with companies and organizations of a wide range, in Sweden and Greece:
  • 1975, Dagens Nyheter, (Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper), Stockholm.
  • 1976, 1977 Saxon & Lindströms, Publishing Company, Stockholm.
  • 1978, Åhlen & Åkerlund, Publishing Company, Stockholm.
  • 1978-1983, Greek Federation of Sweden, Stockholm: Art Direction and Illustration of publications – design of posters.
  • 1979, National Broadcasting Corporation of Sweden, Stockholm: Illustrations for Children’s Television series and design of posters.
  • 1981, Stockholm’s Social Management: Graphic design and illustration of informational brochures regarding different social issues.
  • 1983-1985, Lucid Information LTD, Advertising Company, Stockholm: Graphic design and Illustration.
  • 1987-1990, Greek Association for Local Development and Management, EETA, Athens: Art direction and design of publications.
  • 1990, Editorial Illustrations for the Greek Editions of Playboy Magazine and Marie Claire, Athens.
  • 1990, Technical Chamber of Greece, Athens: design of posters.
  • 1992, National Theatre of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki: Brochure design.
  • 1993, Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, Thessaloniki: Brochure design.
  • 1994, Helexpo, Greek Organization of Trade Fairs, Thessaloniki: Logotype and brochure design.
  • 1995, Public Power Corporation, Thessaloniki: Brochure design.
  • 1996, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki: Brochure design.
  • 1997-1999, Proline, Advertising Company, Thessaloniki: Art direction, visual communication, design of corporate identities and company profiles, campaign media planning and management.
  • 1999-2005, European Centre of Byzantine Monuments, Thessaloniki: Publication design.
  • 2004 -2005, Municipality of Thermi, Thessaloniki: Production of animated videos, promoting municipality’s blood donation campaign.
  • 2006, Municipality of Kilkis, Northern Greece: Logo design.
  • 2008, Technological Educational Institution of Western Macedonia, Kozani: Logo design.
  • 2011, University Studio Press Publications, Thessaloniki: Book Cover Design.
  • 2019, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Primary Education: Logo design, congress poster and brochure design.


  • 1978, 7th International Poster Biennale of Warsaw, Poland.
  • 1979, 3rd International Poster Biennale of Lahti, Finland.
  • 1981, International Poster Competition of ATM (Public Transportation Organization), Milan, Italy. Second Prize winner.
  • 1982, Gallery Mati, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 1983, Kulturhuset Cultural Center, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 1984, Greek-Swedish Art Symposium, Vätö, Sweden.
  • 1986, Major Exhibition of Contemporary Greek Art in Athens, organised by the Greek Ministry of Culture to support the restoration of the monumental murals in Mexico.
  • 1991, International Exhibition Coup de Lune, Paris, France.
  • 2000, Fleming Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • 2001, German Institute Goethe of Thessaloniki, Computer Animation and Digital Art Show “Archetypes”
  • 2005, Fleming Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • 2011, Pallini Hotel Gallery, Polychrono, Chalkidiki, Greece.
  •  2012, Kirmizi Ardic Kusu Gallery, Alacati, Izmir, Turkey.


  • 1985-1991, Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of Athens, Departments for Graphic Design and Graphic Arts Technology.
  • 1987-89, Panteion University of Athens, Program of Seminars on Visual Communication for Mass Media.
  • 1987-1990, AKTO Art and Design College, Athens.
  • 1992-2004, AAS – Applied Arts College, Thessaloniki.
  • 2000-2002 Mediterranean College of Thessaloniki (on a British Higher National Diploma Program).
  • 2005-2012 Head of Graphic Design Department in AKTO Art and Design College, Affiliation of Thessaloniki, (on a British BA Program by Middlesex University, London).


  • Aiming to invention and innovation but remaining at the same time connected to the modernist tradition, I base my art on the belief that painting should be a synthesis of visual forces generated by distinct realities and their juxtaposition. Thereby, broad experimentation in both subject and technique is of great importance as well is to keep in touch with inner self. 
  • My work reveals influences by Surrealism, Pop Art and Op Art, but mainly by the theories of Stylistic Pluralism that suggests the liberation of artists from being bound to one particular artistic identity, manifested in a specific style.
  • Stylistic pluralism treats different creative perspectives as constituents of the global art collective, each integrated into the worldwide culture and feeding off each other’s strengths.    
  • My long-term professional involvement as a graphic designer and illustrator and my early acquaintance with digital media allow me to use various techniques to create versatile and unique works that challenge viewers to engage in new and different visual logics.


  • 1990, Aesthetic and functional upgrades to editions published by the Local Administration Organizations in Greece. EETAA, Athens.
  • 2009, Nikos Smyrnios: Apogee Hellenic Soul – Α monography (Nίκος Σµυρνιός: Ψυχή Απόγειος Ελληνική).  Doukas LTD, Thessaloniki.