Nikos Kanarelis is the cultural director of mέta – Centre for Post-capitalist Civilization, which will support, develop and expand the objectives of MeRA25, DiEM25 and Progressive International on a theoretical and practical basis. He is a visual artist who lives and works in Athens, Greece. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he also completed an MA Course in Visual Arts. He has directed programs which concern the application of artistic practice as a form of treatment by art graduates collaborating with mental health units. He is also a research associate for cultural programs. He has held six solo show exhibitions, while he has taken part in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad and has organised and curated numerous art exhibitions. He tries to keep his works open to interpretation, to have them relate to many issues – one of which is the contemporary world. His paintings always encapsulate the absurdity of existence and the complexity of human relationships.