Michael Fikaris is an Australian artist working with mediums such as; comic art, print making, painting and small press publishing. From spearheading Australia’s fledgling alternative comics movement in the early 2000's with Silent Army, Fikaris also works with various collaborative groups locally and abroad, such as AnimatismArt and The Archivist. Fikaris is represented by Radio as Paper, FR for his comic books and zines which he has been self-publishing for over 15 years.
As an illustrator and arts editor with a love for collaborating, he has edited and published almost 20 artist anthologies and co-ordinated over 200 artists in exhibitions through a number of artist run initiatives and institutions. Fikaris has worked on many different comic book projects and over the years has found himself drawing for the words of such unique voices as Harvey Pekar, Nicola Gunn, Osme Gonsalves and Kyle Magee. Since 2013 Fikaris has held residencies in communities abroad as an artist and arts editor, and is currently working on a publication of Australian comic artists with a European publisher. In 2017 he was awarded the Platinum Ledger Award for outstanding service to Australian comics.
Through his beginnings of painting characters on the streets of Melbourne in the early 2000's, Fikaris moved into the City Lights studios in Hosier Lane and soon found himself part of the first movement of Melbourne Street Art. He experimented with many painting styles and worked constantly on group collaborative walls and projects. Working with city business owners and private commissions since 2010 Fikaris found a natural mural style sometime in 2013 while working in Indonesia. Endless jungle like patterns from nature are usually seen in his murals today. In 2016 Fikaris was interviewed as a feature artist in the Thames & Hudson collection 'Melbourne Street Art Guide' about this transition.
Fikaris’ work is held in the National Gallery of Australia collection, National Library of Australia as well as in private collections in Australia and overseas.