Nikolas ‘Nikos’ Vakalis is an expert restorer-conservator (Degree on conservation of paintings from the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro in Rome in 1979).
He has had 38 years experience in planning and co-ordination of restoration projects in Italy and other countries such as the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.
He works for the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other public and private Italian organizations, as well as with international institutions including Unesco, Iccrom and the World Monuments Fund.
His areas of activity are stone artifacts, easel paintings, wall paintings and polychrome wooden sculptures.
From 1980 until 1990 he has carried out personal private practice and from 1990 to 1998 he has established and managed a restoration company, Vakalis & Soci; since 1998 he has been working mostly in the field of education.
The latter activity has taken him to work as an instructor in countries such as China, USA (University of Wisconsin, SARUP 1999-2008, John Cabot University 2009), Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Albania, and Iraq.