Nicolaos Gysis or Gyzis Nikolaos (born on March 1, 1842 in Sklavochorion Tinos, Greece, died on 4 January 1901 in Munich) was a Greek monumental-genre painter.
Gyzis was born the son of a carpenter, and his wife Margarita Onoufrios, born Psalti. From 1850 he attended primary school in the Athenes’ quarter Karamanos, with a particular fondness for drawing lessons. After the persuasion of his father and mother by neighborhood, he attended the Polytechneion (Polytechnic school) for four years, but are not officially registered because of his youth.
On 21 May 1865 he is given by Gysi Evangelistria Monastery in Tinos a scholarship. On the advice of Nikiforos Lytras, a fellow painter who had studied with Karl von Piloty in Munich decided to switch Gysi for Munich.
Munich was at this time, next to Paris because of the excellent reputation of its Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in general, and teachers as Piloty especially the most important and most important art wrought in Europe. Many young students of Greek art, since the mid-19th Century arrived in Munich, were funded by the arts policy of Louis I. of Bavaria’s metropolis . Among the many Greeks who studied at the Munich Academy, Nicholas Gysi was one of the most important.
On 1 June 1865 he began the trip to Munich from Tinos to Syra, Trieste, Vienna and Salzburg.
In October of that year was admitted to the academy in the ancient class of Hermann Anschütz.
Gysi went to Athens in 1872 , where he was celebrated by his countrymen, even by well-known artists, and toured in 1873 with Nikiforos Lytras in Asia Minor, but returned the following year to Munich.
He visited his home twice, but remained all his life in Munich, where he worked from 1882 until his death, as a teacher at the Academy . Since his stay in Munich, Nikolaus Franz Gysi was friend of Defregger , with whom he had travel.
From July to late September 1874 along with Lytras Gysis rented the studio of Max and Gabriel who lived on the street Bayer 49/III. In 1878 he was the only Greek to receive an award, at the Paris exhibition, a third-class medal for the picture(child engagement in Greece).
On 16 In October he was awarded the title of professor and he was appointed assistant teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. On 1 June 1888 he was promoted to full professor at the Academy.
In 1900 he had a 6 months leave due to illness. In his absence, he was represented by one of his students under the supervision of Professor Ludwig von Löfftz.Nicholas died on 4 January 1901 in his apartment in Munich, Luis Road 50 from the effects of leukemia. He was buried in Munich at the north cemetery.