Katerina Mertikas is a Canadian artist. She is a UNICEF artist and has created art for Canadian Lung Association, Juvenile Diabetes Association and multiple other charities and businesses throughout Canada.
Early Life & Education
Mertikas was born in Tripoli, Greece . She and her family immigrated to Canada in 1960. Katerina attended school in Greece then in Canada. Art was always her focus, though, and after she was married and had two daughters devoted herself to full time painting. Katerina's work was loved and she held many solo sold out exhibits across Canada. Her passion is colour and children and works in a naive style in acrylics mainly. She also experiments in abstracts, and floral images and sometimes paints a nostalgic scene from her beloved Greece.
Mertikas is a self-taught artist and has been painting since 1991. Katerina has received many awards by the YM YWCA woman of the year in the arts in 1999. She was asked to present the late Princess Diana a painting on behalf of the Ottawa Heart Institute, her affiliation with UNICEF has had meetings with Julio Iglesias, Nana Mouskouri, Sir Roger Moore, Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien, Mrs. L. Harper (the wife of Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper), and many others. She was awarded a Community builder award in Ottawa in 2017, Received award by Ottawa International Women's Day 2014 Peer Award, Artist of the year for the Hellenic Community of Ottawa.
She prides herself in also giving back to the community and abroad through her art and also occasionally speaks in schools to students for career development. She also teacher her way of painting during art lessons held in schools, and at her galleries.