San Francisco native Jim Nikas is a co-founder and curator of the New World Prints Collection. Privately held, New World Prints houses one of the largest collections of works by José Guadalupe Posada and Manual Manilla in the United States. With a mission of preservation and education regarding the collection, Nikas was honored to curate an exhibition in 2010 sponsored by the Consul General of Mexico of San Francisco celebrating the Bicentenario of Mexican Independence and Centenario of the Mexican Revolution. Sponsored by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y Las Artes (CONACULTA) of Mexico, Nikas was also invited as guest curator to exhibit a homage to JG Posada at the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He participated as a contributor in the Joint Bicentennial-Centennial Mexican Exhibition of the University of California Bancroft Library and Stanford University Sept. 13 - Dec. 31, 2010. In 2011/2012, the collection loaned material for the México: Política y Poética exhibition celebrating the country’s 200th anniversary of independence and 100th anniversary of its revolution at San Francisco State University.
Nikas is a co-producer for the Spanish edition of "The Forgotten Eagles," a documentary about Mexico’s famed 201 Squadron directed by Victor Mancilla, and is working on two documentary film projects with Mr. Mancilla: "ART and Revolutions: The Collaboration of JG Posada and A. Vanegas Arroyo" and "Growing Dreams: Immigrant Successes in Mexican-American Wineries."
After graduating from SF State with a baccalaureate in Geology, Nikas worked as an exploration geologist for the Standard Oil Company of Ohio. He later founded GeoVerde Corp, a business advisory firm. He has served on a variety of public and private boards and is a former board member of the non-profit Coro Hispano de San Francisco. He divides his time between San Francisco, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.