Nikko Mercialo (Saint Saturday) is a Vancouver-based neo-contemporary artist. His work strives to reconcile inner conflict and the tidal sweep of our emotions with an external world that is both brutal and beautiful. At once critical and celebratory of culture, society, and the individual, he explores the struggle between a variety of human impulses that are as necessary as they are contradictory, and which constantly undermine our psychic and social coherence even as they empower us with vitality, spirit and life.
Investigating the fine line between fact and fiction, and how context differentiates reality from fantasy, the themes in Nikko’s work are exemplified in the juxtaposition between vulnerability and raw power. Nameless yet strangely familiar figures are immortalized in a place between creation and destruction that reflects their energy as they struggle to solve the puzzle of their multiplex, hybrid lives.
While seeking to synthesize the tension between darkness and light, and fuse the boundaries between tradition and tomorrow, Nikko’s creative production aims to foster wild emotion and speculative contemplation in the same breath, asking us to discover ourselves in the rich landscape of the space between.