Niko Rakusa was born in Caracas, Venezuela, of Slovenian and Italian descent. He developed great interest in architecture, sculpture and industrial design in his early childhood, thanks to books given to him by his parents, and began studying the works of masters in these disciplines from the Renaissance through modern times.
Rakusa has a Degree in Civil Engineering from Metropolitana University in Caracas, Venezuela. He also attended art courses at The Cristobal Rojas Superior School of Visual Arts, The Federico Brandt Academy and The Arturo Michelena School of Visual Arts, in Caracas, yet still he considers himself a self taught artist. His practice is the result of his industrial design, architectural and engineering structure knowledge applied to his search for harmony and aesthetic discourse in his sculptures.
Rakusa's work has been shown in The Caracas Art Ateneum, La Estancia Art Museum and has work in the permanent collections of: The Palmero Museum in Barcelona, Spain, the Government Institution Corporación Venezolana de Guayana, C.V.G. and The Marbella Country Club Beach Club at Higuerote, Venezuela. His work can also be found in private collections in Venezuela, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Colombia and the United States.
Niko Rakusa lives and works in Weston, Florida.