Nikolo Balkanski studied fine art in Bulgaria and Finland and exhibited his first one-man show at age twenty-one. He built a strong following in Europe as a master of portraiture and landscapes, with major exhibitions in Bulgaria, Finland, Sweden, England, France, and the United States. He is highly regarded as an inspirational teacher and mentor.
Balkanski's work has been exhibited with Artists of America, the Colorado Governor's Invitational where he received the Collector's Choice Award in 1999, Great American Artists, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, (Artist's Choice Award 2007, Platinum Award 2013), Artists of the West, Bradford Brinton Museum, and Arts for the Parks where he won Best Landscape in 1995.
Presidents' Award of Excellence, 2013 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition
Gold Medal, 2013 Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase
Platinum Award and Purchase Award, 2012 Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale
Grand Prize Purchase Award, Paint the Parks 2012