Artist Statement

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I respond to photography emotionally and intentionally create pieces that evoke deep feelings at both conscious and subconscious levels. 

My photos are captured intuitively, and with every photograph, I aim to learn to see, hear, and feel more. Being in tune with my heart knowledge helps translate my artworks as a spiritual and introspective conduit to facilitate the introduction of the observer to themselves.

I have found that there are very few guiding principles to assist in the infinite complexity of life, more so when one has not had sufficient council, so I embarked on a journey to discover these principles for myself in the hope that others may benefit from them too.

— Kleoniki Vanos



Dr. Massimiliano Bisazza - Italy
Favourite Artwork: Body Without A Mind I & II
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I wanted to thank artist and photographer Niki Vanos of Cape Town, South Africa for the video credits (of my vernissage presentation) and not only published on her site in reference to the wonderful work done together during her exhibitions curated by me. Congratulations also to the growth in her career that led to her exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Her abstract photography shoots, with futuristic dimensions and cultural introspection are worthy of originality and tautological content.
Kirsté Carpenter - South Africa
On the Point Property Finance
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One of my favorite images by Kleoniki is “Live By The Sun, Love By The Moon”. It perfectly captures the transition between day and night. The colours are soft and delicate and I love how it is contrasted by the straight lines. Kleoniki is a versatile photographer with a special flair that shows in her work. Her attention to detail adds to this.
Brett Florens - Netherlands
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There are few unique artists around these days. It was so refreshing to see Niki’s incredible artwork. Personal, moving and venerable. Exceptional talent.
Leli Hoch - South Africa
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Kleoniki was part of the documentation team at Tankwa Artscape Residency 2019, in the Tankwa Karoo, a semi-desert in South Africa. The brief was to capture photographically and with video the processes of the artists creating in the desert as well as the finished artworks. Working in the desert is physically challenging - for both the artist and the photographer. Nothing was too challenging for Kleoniki. In her quiet and focused way she became a shadow for some artists capturing outstanding moments in the creative processes. And then she created her own artworks by taking extraordinary images of the finalised creations. I have rarely met a photographer with such passion and work ethic! Leli Hoch, organiser, Tankwa Artscape Residency
Mandy Carpenter - South Africa
Favourite Collection: Live and Prosper
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Niki is a delightful, inspiring, professional and truly gifted photographer. What strikes me the most is her talent to capture and paint with movement and light, as seen in my favourite collections “Live and Proper” and “Journey of Miracles”, where her passion and eye for details shine through. As a proud owner of two of her artwork I cannot recommend her enough.
Stephanie Vorster - Netherlands
Favourite Artwork: Of Nature And Man
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In all of Niki’s photos you can see that she is very passionate about photography. She is extremely creative and through her art she has a means to inspire and uplift others. This photograph makes me feel at peace and gives a sense of freedom. It also reminds me of all the beautiful sunsets in South Africa and is comforting to me when I miss home. Niki is very dedicated to her work and always does her best to make every photograph so magnificent.
Elsaine Costerus-Mohr - South Africa
Favourite Artwork: Photography in motion. Sunset on Strand Beach, Cape Town
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I fell involve with the “Hushed Whispers” image. We live in such a beautiful world, but our lives are so rushed that we do not stop to see the beauty around us. The world and our own bodies sometimes whispers for us to stop and just be, but we seldom ever listen. Your work is truly inspiring, something different and you always endeavour to grow in your creativity. You have such a passion for photography and your images are testimony thereof.
Cleo Valjeux - South Africa
Favourite Artwork: Logos, Ethos, Pathos, and Kairos.
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Kleoniki is a photographer who captures both reality and fiction in each photo she takes. The version we want to see and the version that remains untold. Whether it be a photo of a landscape, portrait or abstract she manages to bring something more to the final image than anyone could. For instance this image, "Logos, Ethos, Pathos, and Kairos”, is simplistic and beautiful but also tells a story of the ancient ruins of our society displayed in the muddy mess of the world today. A beautiful and elegant image that helps us connect to the world around us in ways we didn’t know possible.

Recent Work

The Dash


The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.  He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars…the house…the cash.  What matters is how we lived and loved and how we spend our dash. So, think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change?  For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged. To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile…remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash? Linda Ellis Description: I was on a Woodstock Graffiti tour in Cape Town with a group of fellow photographers. Having not been to the Woodstock Exchange before, I took a little gander when a storefront window caught my eye. It was closed, so I took the opportunity to shoot to my heart's content. One can get quite self-conscious when photographing something. Have you ever watched a photographer bounce around a subject trying to get the perfect angle? The inspiration for this modern art piece was born right there. I named this One-Off art piece 'The Dash' because the minimalistic line reminds me of a poem by Linda Ellis.  

Be Afraid Not To Move

Statement: When we have some setbacks, it is important that we keep moving forward although challenging. The choice is the difference between growth and stagnation. Description: This figurative art piece was inspired by Franz Kline’s abstract expressionist style as well as Rorschach’s inkblots.  I named this contemporary artwork 'Be Afraid Not To Move' because it speaks to me of energy, and there is a lot of it in this piece. My question to us all is, what would our current movement project be if it could be measured? Would there be a dot, a dash, a leap, summersault, backward flip?  


Statement: How we interpret and respond to the world around us makes up who we are and contributes to our quality of life.  The proverbial phrase glass half full or half empty is a litmus test we can use to check in with our thoughts and emotions. Description: During another load shedding outage in Cape Town, and with nothing else to do but sit in the dark on a Thursday night, I decided to go to the beach, camera in hand, to watch the Poi dancers paint with fire. Heading back home after an entertaining night, I knew that what I had captured would form part of my Inkblot Series. I named this original art print 'Paradox' because the abstract form in the artwork could represent either joy or terror. 

Hark Now Hear the Angels Sing

Statement: I am of the opinion that angels play a significant part in our daily lives because not only do they shield us, but they also ensure that we reach the fullness of our destiny and purpose. When you feel overwhelmed by life, keep in mind that help is never far away. Description: I was on a Woodstock Graffiti tour in Cape Town, with a group of fellow photographers, when I noticed the shadows of leaves dancing on the pavement. That was when the inspiration for this modern art piece was born. I named this One-Off artwork “Hark Now Hear the Angels Sing” because while editing, I noticed that angels were a recurring theme in every detail of this unique picture. And I do believe in angels.