Known to many as Niko the Ikon, 26-year-old artist Niko Karamyan is true to the anagram that is his name. An observant eye with particular interest in identities that evoke the intersection of the base and grandiose, Niko combines his abilities as a conceptual self-portrait artist, actor, video director and photographer to produce the likeness of the distinctive characters he finds personally compelling.
He’s produced work for the likes of MOCAtv and DIS Magazine and was the co-recipient of the 89+ Re Rebaudengo Grant, which was awarded during the 89+ Marathon, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Serpentine Galleries in London. His project “Wicked Games,” which he sings and stars in with his collaborator Tierney Finster, debuted at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino, Italy. He also spoke at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany. Most recently, he can be seen playing an Italian designer in FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Born in Hollywood, CA, Niko continues to live in Los Angeles, where he’s currently working on publishing the first book of his photography.