Nikos's was just four years old when his talent started to show in his paintings. The first recognition of his designs came from his father. That was a definite moment. "I was impressed!" He tells us, jumping from his joy for recognition from his hard and violent father. After that, he turned to painting. At six, he had turned his wardrobe into a backdrop. Relatives, friends, neighbors, all reinforced the child because, among other things, it would be to their benefit to be liked. So they showed admiration for the son’s paintings and would ask him to paint for them in exchange for "a baklava or a box of chocolates, a book or pencils, notebooks or even photographs of art".