Michelle Nikou was born in Adelaide in 1967 and graduated from the South Australian School of Art with a Bachelor of Design (1989) and a Master of Visual Arts (2005). Primarily based in Adelaide, Michelle has exhibited in Australia regularly since 1993 and more recently her work has been shown in Europe.
In 2003 Michelle was part of the exhibition MCA Unpacked and in the same year featured in Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. In 2005, Michelle Nikou was recipient of the South Australia Living Artist Festival publication prize, sponsored by Arts SA, which resulted in a monograph published by Wakefield Press. In 2006, Michelle participated in Imagine…The Future of Australian Art at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. In 2009, Michelle was awarded a Samstag Scholarship and studied under Professor Thomas Rentmeister at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany during 2010 and 2011.
She is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney and Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.