Nicky Larkin was born in Birr, Ireland, in 1983. He studied Fine Art in Galway-Mayo IT and Chelsea College of Art, London. Working mainly in the medium of experimental film and video-art, he has exhibited widely both at home and internationally.
In 2007 he travelled to the Chernobyl exclusion zone, to shoot the experimental short film Pripyat. Pripyat went on to screen at various international film festivals including Locarno, Strasbourg, Madrid and The European Media Art Festival 2008. At home, Pripyat was selected for ev+a 2008 in Limerick, and TULCA in Galway.
In 2009 he was commissioned by The Irish Arts Council and The Belltable Arts Centre, under the commissions award scheme, to create an experimental film exploring the notorious Moyross and Southill estates in Limerick city. The resulting film, Beyond The Roundabout? was selected for The European Media Art Festival 2010, The London East End Film Festival, and the Madrid International Video Art Festival 2010.
January and February 2010 were spent in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he created a body of photographic work documenting the lives and conditions inside Tserovani Refugee Camp, which was established as a result of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war.
He has also made work in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Armenia, Moldova, and the separatist state of Transnistria.
In 2010 he was profiled in Robert O'Byrne's Dictionary of Living Irish Artists.
In 2011 he undertook his largest project to date; traveling to Israel & Palestine to shoot an experimental, non-narrative film piece. This will be his first feature film, Forty Shades of Grey, and is currently in the editing process, due for release in 2012.
In September 2011 he held a solo video and sound installation show based on the Israel/Palestine work, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Forthcoming shows include a solo show in Galeria Strefa A, Krakow, Poland, in Autumn 2012.
In addition to his Fine Art work, he has also directed music videos for Adela & The Meanits.
He is represented by The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, and Strefa A Galeria, Krakow.