Cypriot, 1909-1993
Loukia Nicolaidou-Vasiliou art

Loukia Nicolaides was born in Limassol in 1909.

She studied at the Private School of Foreign Language and Greek Lesson. In 1929, her love for drawing drove her to Paris, where she studied for one year at the Colarossi Academy. From 1930 until 1933 she studied at the Higher National Fine Arts School at the Lucien Simon atelier.

In 1933 she returned to Cyprus, where after one year she organized her first one-man exhibition at Papadopoulos Hall in Nicosia, in 1934. In 1937 she moved to United Kingdom, where she lived for a few years in London and then in the town of Penn in Buckinghamshire until he death in 1993. She continued painting until the end of the decade of 1950. She was the first Cypriot woman who studied art and one of the first Cypriot painters who organized one-man exhibitions of their work.

After her first one-man exhibition in Nicosia in 1934, her one-man exhibitions that followed were in 1935 at the “Enosis” club in Limassol and in 1936 at the Gallery no 217, also in Limassol. She participated in the group exhibitions of 1932 at Salon d’ Automne and at the “Pancyprian Artistic Exhibition” in Nicosia in 1937, while in 1939 Loukia Nicolaides took part at the group exhibition at Leger Galleries of London. In 1992 the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture organized a retrospective exhibition of her work at the State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art.

Her work can be found in public collections at the Municipal Gallery of Limassol, the Cultural Centre of Popular Bank, the State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art and in the private collection of the artist in United Kingdom.

Bibliography: Eleni Nikita, Loukia Nicolaidou-Vasiliou, Her Life and Work, Cultural Services, Ministry of Education and Culture, Nicosia 1992; Eleni Papademetriou, State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services, Nicosia 2002; Eleni Nikita, Cypriot Artists, First Generation, Cultural Centre of Popular Bank, Nicosia 2002.