Modern artist Nicholas Kontaxis from Rancho Mirage, California, creates his signature large-scale canvases, characterized by a riot of primary colors, despite overwhelming obstacles. The 21-year-old painter’s story is one of perseverance and hope. Kontaxis was diagnosed with an extensive brain tumor when he was 15 months old. This resulted in intractable seizures, autism, and developmental delay. Intensive medical and behavioral therapy and intervention allow him a full life despite significant communication issues and between 5 and 15 seizures a day. 

His repetitive inclinations and love of texture and shape helped Kontaxis discover his life calling as an artist. In just the last three years, he has become a prolific painter, creating more than 90 complex pieces. Using heavy body acrylic paints and a pallet knife, he specializes in large, modern works of art. The pieces jump off the canvas and bring joy to all who view them. Kontaxis’ work has been displayed at the Heath Gallery in Palm Springs and the De Re Gallery in Los Angeles, with upcoming shows planned for Sun Valley, Idaho and Palm Desert, California.