Nico started painting in 2004. For the last few years he exhibits at the Imbizo Gallery in Ballito. He has a strong sense of the absurd, surreal, novel and unusual. He likes to read fantasy and The Lord of the Rings is his ultimate favourite book. His world view is somewhat eccentric and he has a laconic, sardonic, dark sense of humour, mostly seeing the funny side of life. Nicolaas is knowledgeable about Eastern philosophy with is symbolism, and is attracted by the simplicity of Tantra and Zen.
Being highly introspective, Roos is constantly searching for the “inner light”. Living “mindfully”, is part of his daily routines and personal rituals. Nicolaas has a strong melancholic side and becomes deeply moved by classical music. Being very sensual and tactile, he loves textures and the “feel” of paintings. A somewhat lack of attention to detail is prominent. Therefore he likes to work with large brushes on big canvasses, rather than detailed realism. Realism does not appeal to him, as it is more a reproduction of reality. He prefers to explore his inner experience and create his own reality. He is constantly experimenting with different media and styles, including abstracts, landscapes, wildlife, mono prints and pastels. His favourite medium is oil. His style is constantly evolving. Since living on the edge of the sea, abstracts seascapes are his passion.