Nikos Ηouliaras was born in Ioannina in October 1940. He studied at the School of Fine Arts, sculpture and scenography, from where he graduated in 1967.
During the period 1965-1971 he was also involved in Music. He is a well-known songwriter of the “New Wave” of the 60’s, he wrote the music and the lyrics of many well-known songs, and he also presented for the first time adapted Epirus songs. He has collaborated with many magazines, writing short stories, poems, and texts for the arts.
In 1969 he was honored with the 1st Parthenis Prize for his Painting. He participated in many group painting exhibitions, at the Alexandria Biennale in 1969, in the exhibition “Athens, European Capital of Culture” in 1985 and represented Greece in Dallas, USA, in 1990 and in the world exhibition EXPO ’92 in Seville. He wrote thirteen literary books, most of them by “NEFELI” publications. He held nineteen solo painting exhibitions, most of them at the “NEW FORMS” (ΝΕΕS MORFES) Gallery. In 2011 there was a large retrospective exhibition of his paintings (curated by L. Plessas) at the Benaki Museum, as well as an exhibition of his drawings in 2018 at the Hatzikyriakou Gika building. Nikos Houliaras passed away in Athens in July 2015.