Petr Nikl


Petr Nikl was born in Zlín in the family of an academic painter and a toy designer. He studied at the secondary school of decorative arts in Uherské Hradiště and the Prague Academy of Fine Arts (studios of professors Arnošt Paderlík and Jiří Ptáček). He found inspiration to his first texts at Christian Morgenstern and accompanied them with mezzotints. He creates layouts, invents nonsense stories and songs. With friends interested in theatre performances he starts the puppet society MEHEDAHA in 1987. The puppet shows, based on ballet, musical and dramatic sketches and small absurdities, are shown privately or at exhibition openings. Together with František Petrák he has published a series of thirteen books of nonsense poetry by MEHEDAHA. In 1987 he is at the birth of the art society The Hard-headed. He was awarded the Prize of Jindřich Chalupecký (1995). He is a multiartist: he paints, makes puppets, composes and plays, writes and sings. He is the author of the concept of interactive exhibitions Game nests (Rudolfinum 200), The Landscape of Fantasy and Music (Czech pavillion at EXPO 2005 in Aichi, Japan), Orbis Pictus and Labyrinth of the World, which travel all over the world. He prepared many interesting projects for the Archa theatre. For Meander he created the Blue Elephant series logo.