A Journey from the Sumerian Ur of the Chaldeans to the Baroque Farnese Fountains
Professor Nikolas Vakalis is a master restorer and educator who has worked in the field of preservation for more than thirty five years at cultural heritage sites around the world. He graduated from the Istituto Centrale di Restauro in Rome (ISCR), and specializes in the conservation and restoration of stone artifacts, polychrome wood sculptures, and easel and wall paintings. He has worked on restoration projects as varied as a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Wisconsin, the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Longmen Grottoes in Henan, China, the Bembo Fountains in Herakelion, Greece and many other projects. Aside from creating and preserving works of art, his other passion is sharing his experiences in the field and providing training opportunities for the next generation of restorers and conservators. Nikolas Vakalis is currently the Director of the Athens Program of the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies (IIRPS) and co-Director for the IIRPS field school in San Gemini, Italy.