Nickolai Walko was born in Perm, Russia in 1991. He was adopted from a Siberian orphanage two years later by an American couple and moved to the United States. He received his BFA in sculpture from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Nickolai has always retained a passion for sculpture and exploration of mediums, creating a life size suit of armor out of street signs among other metal sculptures. The artist started to use masking tape not for its original intentions, but more so to produce high contrast, intricate, and stylized works of art. He was introduced to the medium in high school and even through college it “stuck to him.” The Renaissance and other art movements have served as core inspirations, as well as the medical field. He desires to capture the human form as well as animalistic forms through this non-traditional medium. In a way the tape acts as a skin, and the X-Acto© knife is a scalpel. Producing these works, he feels like a surgeon and removing the skin (tape) provides access for the public to view the anatomy beneath in such stylized diagrams or scenes. Through much exploration and research, the work is always evolving.