By day, Erik Siador is a concept designer for Nike and other big-name companies. But by night, Siador draws feverishly. His personal portfolio is filled with ornate, pen-and-ink drawings that appear to reference the pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas, with elements of contemporary science fiction visible in his unique, aesthetic blend of ancient-meets-futuristic. Siador’s sources of inspiration are primarily spiritual. The artist says he is conscious of the ever-presence of his ancestors and attempts to channel their communications through his work.
“The art gives the viewer a glimpse into a parallel dimension that ethereally exists within our everyday lives which I interpret through spirits and ancestors who constantly guide,” said Siador in an email to Hi-Fructose. “They come and go as they please, sending messages from a realm which we all feel exists. Unfortunately, the majority refuses to understand and neglects to communicate in fear of the unknown and the intangible. These beings are sometimes perceived as religious deities, angels, ghosts, aliens or other invisible entities.” Saidor went on to say that his inspiration comes in spurts of daily epiphanies, which he channels into his work without prior sketching. Take a look at some of his recent work below.