Growing up Mertens attended Green Bay High School, Auckland, NZ where he was failed for his initial endeavours with paint, later during his time spent at this institution the teacher's mistake was rectified when he was inducted back into various art classes where he went on to thrive.
Upon his acceptance to the Bachelor of Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology, NZ, Mertens really put focus on his art, but while doing so left the realm of reality to completely immerse himself in what he can only describe as 'the marvellous chaos that truly engulfs the world.'
Mertens practice since moving to London, UK has really pushed forward to become unique and identifiably his own, taking influence from Piet Mondrian, John Cage, Blinky Palermo and many others including his contemporaries.
Bachelor of Visual Arts, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Front of House on the Walls, London 2012
Contagion, Auckland 2011
One Boutique Resident Artist, Auckland 2010-2011
2 10, Auckland 2010
2011, Final Year Recognition Award, Studio Art Supplies, Auckland, NZ