Katerina Mertikas

Artist Summary

Katerina Mertikas was born in Greece, and now resides Ottawa. A self-taught artist, she has been painting professionally since 1991. The joy depicted in her paintings and her genius as a colourist has won her the admiration of art collectors across Canada and beyond.  Price Range:  $650 – $2600

Full Biography

The term “naïve art” is a timeless genre that celebrates the human narrative and – in contrast to the frenetic pressures of the outside world – radiates joy, serenity, peace and tranquility.  It defines the verdant valleys and happy hamlets of Anna Mary Robertson (”Grandma”) Moses, the luxuriant vegetation and exotic jungles of Henri Rousseau, and the palmy South Sea Isles and pristine Tahitian women of Paul Gauguin.

Internationally renowned painter Katerina Mertikas follows in the footsteps of these great masters.  As  a naïve expressionist painter whose works are characterized by a refreshing innocence, a charming use of bright colors, with child-like perspective and scale, the near universal appeal of Katerina’s exhilarating paintings portrays the simple, easily-understandable and often idealized scenes of childhood, bustling with color and excitement.  Her paintings are full of originality and creativity capturing scenes of the Canadian landscape, it’s seasons and popular traditions.   She does not seek to change the world through her art but rather pretend that the magic of art may help the viewer to turn to the simpler things of life that warms the heart and soothes the soul.

Artist’s Statement

“All of my life I have had a dream and a vision. I am lucky enough to have fulfilled that dream-and then some. I consider myself priviledged to have had a successful art career to date; and I look forward to the exciting new opportunities the next part of myjourny is sure to bring.

Art is very important for me and continues to be the focal point of my life. I paint for the sheer pleasure of creating something that I am proud to share with others. Once I started painting when I was young there was no stopping me. I enjoy visiting museums, and art galleries wherever I am and gain inspiration from works of many artists, both past and present. I channel all inspiration back to my studio and to my own work.

When I began painting, I looked to my two then, young daughters Loukia and Gina for ideas. My paintings are mostly of children having fun, playing games depicting innocence and naivete of childhood some of us log to return to as we grow and face many new challenges in life. The mostly carefree days of youth are something to be captured and remembed!

I enjoying illustrating a childrens book in 2009 with a Canadian author Days to Treasure A book of Seasons, and we tried to create a tribute to the joys of childhood as seen through the four seasons Currently I am painting again for a new book come out soon, The ABC’s of Flowers. This is my new exciting project for 2013.

In addition to painting and loving it, I also believe in giving back and contributing to important causes. In 1993 I was thrilled when UNICEF chose my work to be sold internationally as greeting cards and then to grace the cover of their brochure. My relationship with UNICEF continued to flourish and we have partnered and created over 20 card images thus far. This not only has provided me with a huge boost of self-confidence, it also helped me reaize ow many opportunities there are to give back through my work. I have created many such images for other great organizations, hospitals, children’s aid society and happily donate royalties to needy and worthwhile charities.

From a professional standpoint, having my work on display in so many incredible galleries nationwide is extremely rewarding. Because of the support of these galleries, my works can be found in homes, schools, hospitals and offices across Canada and around the world.

Over the years have received countless letters and notes of thanks and explanations of how my work has touched people in ways I would never have imagined. Knowing that my paintings bring joy to people and places where it’s needed most, makes the work I do even more meaningful.

I have been profiled over the years in magazine, newspapers, radio and t.v. I am always pleased to speak with the media and value any opportunity to get the word out about my happy, cheerful art.

I also am pleased to attend many schools throughout the years and talk to students about my work and sometimes do an art demonstration. Hoping that my talks foster a continued love of the arts and perhaps inspire others to follow their dreams and pursue all that art has to offer.

Looking forward to many more happy and fruitful years as an artist, thanks for reading!”

Katerina Mertikas