Nikko Mercialo (Saint Saturday) is a Vancouver-based contemporary artist and designer whose work strives to reconcile inner conflict and the tidal sweep of our emotions with an external world that is both brutal and beautiful. Uniting the opulent dramatics of classical Western tradition with a flair for vibrant contemporary aesthetic, he explores the vanishing difference between fact and fiction, and how context differentiates fantasy from reality.
The nameless yet hauntingly familiar figures in his work become metaphoric vessels for the psyche, embodying eternal themes of optimism, hope and ascension, as well as sorrow, isolation and oblivion. The magnetic tension between form and flesh, sensuality and raw power evokes a complex mood which is simultaneously atmospheric and incendiary.
Through relentless inquiry into self, structure and society Mercialo aims to foster wild emotion and speculative contemplation in the same breath - asking us to discover ourselves in the space between.
— Influences and Inspiration
Saint Saturday draws from the timeless influences of Baroque and Renaissance imagery, mythology, the ancient Greek & Roman eras, and traditional Japanese aesthetics. He cites the works of masters such as Caravaggio, Frazetta and Klimt as references, as well as contemporary ideas such as artificial intelligence, psychology and luxury brands. He has a rare form of neurological condition called Synesthesia - a “short circuit’ between the audio and visual centres of his brain which literally causes him to see sound. From this unique perceptive he fuses tradition with tomorrow, constructing elaborate mood boards and themes to support the creation of every project.
— Representation and Sales
SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
"Immortal Drift" - solo exhibition
2018 - Dec 14th @ Habatat Gallery, 513 Clematis Street, Suite 10, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Private reception & showing - Table 26, West Palm Beach, FL
"Gods & Wild Beasts" - solo exhibition
2018 - September 7th + 8th @ The Space art gallery, 1063 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
“Occult & Symbolism”
2019 - Apr 18-30, Arch 6 Crucifix Lane, London Bridge
“Art Fair East”
2018 Dec 1-3, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
“The Underdog Masters Group Exhibition”
2018 - Oct 12-25, Arch 6 Crucifix Lane, London Bridge
"Art & Design Market Show"
2018 - July 5-8, South Hamptons, New York
— Business inquiry, sales and commissions