Good day everyone, thanks to be here on Alessandro III di Macedonia! Today I’ve something wonderful to show you! A few days ago I founded a photo on Instagram of a runner admiring an amazing wall-painting. I did a little research and found that it was made by Daniela Nikolova-Sidiropoulou. I contacted her to ask if she could send me some material of her fabulous mural and here’s what she sent me. Daniela was very kind and also gave me some more information!
The wallpainting is at the main entrance at Florina town’s municipal stadium (Greece). It’s visible for everyone, every time of the day.
The dimensions are 2,50 x 4,50 meters.
It’s made with acrilic colors and protect with antigraffiti coat.
The center icon is detail (not true copy) from Alexander Mosaic found in the House of the Faun made by Philoxenus of Eretria.
The coins right and left were found in Amphipolis (Greece). The words down right, “τώ κρατίστω”, were Alexander’s last words when they asked him to whom he will leave his kingdom, he answered “To the strongest”.
I asked Daniela if it had been a long job because I thought it had taken a long time to make it and she surprisingly told me instead: “It wasn’t long work to do (it takes me almost 60 hours) but the wall had difficult textured surface! So I was thinking what is the best for this wallpainting surface? This was the reason that I decided to create it like mosaic (painting with mosaic look) The medium-acrilic, plastic paints with airbrush and brushes.”
Before realizing it Daniela did some research, like every creative process, about the original mosaic and Alexander the Great.
I asked her what she liked about this project and she replied telling me the respect and “people without history are people without future… It is simple!” and I totally agree with that.
For now Daniela doesn’t know if she will create another such special wallpainting in the future, but she will certainly be honored to do another one.
During the work in progress…
… some details…
…and at the end of the work!
I can tell you that I have included Florina in the places to visit because I dream of one day being able to stand in front of this wonder!
Who is the artist behind The Great Alexander? Let’s see her bio!
Daniela Nikolova was born in September 1976, in Sofia – the capital city of Bulgaria. From a very early age art was an inseparable part of her life, her biggest passion however was painting. She studied at the Secondary School of Arts and later on continued studying “Fine Arts” at the National Academy of Art, both schools were in Sofia. In parallel with the National Academy of Art education, she worked as a freelance make-up artist in different projects including body art and face painting. Daniela was the leading make-up artist and graphic designer in numerous fashion shows, giving her extremely wide experience. The fashion show projects she had worked on and the experience gathered there open the gates to the Television business, where she had created studio décor for a number of TV shows, as well as being responsible for the TV hosts and guests make-up and good looks. As this widening of the skills portfolio gives her new experiences, painting still continues to be a very important part of the life. Daniela had painted luxurious wall paintings in luxury villas of numerous famous persons and successful businessman in Sofia, the Capital of Bulgaria. In 2003 love and destiny play their role – Daniela moves to Greece where she is happily married and has a family. She has two wonderful kids, a boy and a girl – Konstantinos and Eleni. Together with all the changes and challenges in the new life abroad – new country, new language, she continues to create art. The recognition did not took too long to come – Daniela receives invitation to be a part of the Board of Directors for the citys local Artists Union. Some of the projects she had worked on are the creation of the graphic design of art catalogues for the occasion – the 100th anniversary of the city, later on in 2007 she finalizes a project for the interior decoration of two orthodox Christian churches and she does the painting of the hagiography in them. She becomes popular artist in the area that she lives and works on art creations, as well as in the rest of Greece. One of Daniela’s paintings has been made as a postcard for the “Mouries Farm – Skyrian horse conservation center”. The Skyrian horse, a horse breed native to the Greek island of Skyros, is one of the rarest and most ancient breeds of horses in the world. Everyone can adopt (because they really need support), even on someone else’s behalf, as an original gift to friends or family. Daniela also adopted a small female horse, as a gift for her children.
Following the very strong education that she had received in the National Academy of Arts in her home country – Bulgaria, Daniela has a strong need to share and pass on to the new generations her knowledge and skills. In 2011 she opens her own art teaching studio “All about the art” where she leads painting and art crafts classes to young kids, teenagers and adults as well.
Having immeasurable love towards kids, she organizes exhibitions and free art activities for Christmas (Santa Clauss house, Sugar house, Frozen house – all created and painted by Daniela), Carnivals (Styrofoam crafts and face painting), Easter, Summer fests – one of those fests is “Lets paint the biggest Easter egg in Greece”. This years event was featured in more than 70 media, including TV, CNN Greece, online magazines and radios and was recognized as the biggest of its kind in Greece. The charity activities, donations and contributions to the city she lives in – Ptolemaida are an irreplaceable part of her day to day life. Daniela is giving a lot of smiles and happiness to the kids, painting completely free of charge on the premises of the local Primary, Secondary Schools, as well as the Schools for the children with special needs. For already 5 years with her help in one of the schools there is a summer eco-festival being organized, in which the kids are painting and decorating the school environment, Daniela teaches them how to re-cycle and make trash-art. Daniela is enjoying success both as an arts teacher and artist. Her life and day to day activities are filled with lots of work, creativity, festivals, color, childrens smiles and holidays. A way of recharging with positive energy, relax and keep giving love is to go on excursions, expeditions in the mountain, close to nature and far away from the technology of the modern world, having peace of mind in being close to animals, especially horses and of course her equestrian paintings.
It was love at first sight, I will never forget the day I met on the internet the Andalusian treasures of Jose Maria Caballos Mayoral. The Spanish horses win her passion. “The king horses of Europe” – aristocratic, intelligent, elegant, calm, passionate and in the same time – brave… with beautifully arched necks, strong hindquarters, expressive movements and a look that is piercing through the heart and soul.
Daniela is strongly connected with the horses of Jose – they are the only source of inspiration for her paintings. “Some part magic and myth, some part mystic and spiritual, those l are the ingredients that make me feel as if I am a part of the Caballos Mayoral spirit” she says. In the past years she has been preparing a collection of paintings themed “ENTENDIDO & INDIO” – Caballos Mayoral. In 2017 one of her paintings wins first place in the IALHA (International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association) – Show program cover. In October 2018 as a first place winner and Show Design Winning Artist Daniela arranges and carries out personal art exhibition at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Katy, Texas. Three of these paintings are world renowned award winners:
The beauty of the Andalusian horses, majestic dorm and spirit are the basic of her paintings. Modern style, rich of mediums and in the same time keeper of the classic and realism. Classic painting, shape and space are the characteristics of her paintings, accessible to the mind and eye of all ages and nationalities. Her knowledge, skills and massive experience allow her to use a vast array of techniques and materials – pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolors, oils with sand and gold leaves, tar, bee wax, encaustic and many more.
Daniela grew up away from nature, in the heart of the city. She did not grow up near horses, but the beauty of these animals made her fall in love with them since childhood. For the last 15 years she has been living in a small town in Greece and has the pleasure of getting to know more about horses and being near to them. The small city gives her the opportunity to have her own treasure – ORION XLVII- Caballos Mayoral, a purebred Spanish Horse. The 4 year old Andalusian was born in Zaragoza, Spain in the stable of Jose Maria Caballos Mayoral.
“Jose is a wonderful person, who breeds with a lot of love and unbelievable hard work his Andalusian treasures. Stunning human being with a big heart, filled with goodness and magic. His magical gift for me from him is my Pura Raza Espanola ORION XLVII – Caballos Mayoral… My inspiration! “Daniela says.
Currently Daniela Nikolova – Sidiropoulou continues to work and teach in Ptolemaida, Greece, enjoying success and the fun and positive lifestyle of the little and beautiful city with her family.
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I’d like to thank Daniela because she was very kind in sending me all these wonderful photographs to show you and in answering my questions. Is only thanks to her that I have been able to show these beautiful photographs to you.
Thank you everyone and have a great day,