Artissima Edition Featured Artist: Nicandro Merxelino

Nicandro Merxelino, Why are you still on TV, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 147,5 cm x 249 cm.


Nicandro Merxelino

"In March 2004 I lost my left eye. It took me two years of recovery to restart my work. This made a change in the way I see. When I sit in front of a blank canvas, I like to fill up the smallest space with as much energy as possible. To absorb the thoughts of the historical past in the minds of the people who stand watching in the present, trying to see the future..."

Nicandro Merxelino's paintings conflate a personal symbolism with historical and mythological figures into dense, complex narratives, with referents to issues of post-colonialism and the shifting, fluctuating nature of memory. Merxelino was born on the island of Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles, and studied at the Art Academie in Amsterdam. He lives and works between Amsterdam, Oslo, and Willemstad, Curacao, NA.

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