Welcome to the KiwiNFT interview, our new special column where we showcase both emerging and established artists. Today we have a very special guest, a great NFT and Digital Artist. Ladies and gentlemens, greet Mert Kuyumcu.
Mert is a brilliant NFT and Digital Artist based in Montpellier, France. Watching his collections you will be able to access the art of the most important moments of the world, economical Cryptomaniac Collectibles, top-level Anomalous Trilogy series, and the world's 1st Football Manager E-Sports Team and largest tournement platform's drops.
In this interview, he shares how and why he got in NFTs, where he finds inspirations for doing art, his impressions of the NFT space and its future, and many other interesting things.
I have been interested in art for 2 decades, so I can say that I started drawing at the age of 15. At first, I was designing the jerseys of the football team I'm still a fan of. Then when I met Adobe, I was 22 years old and I've been creating digital artworks ever since. The first day that the digital art world moved to blockchain technology, 1.5 years ago, I found myself directly in this matrix. When a friend from Portugal recommended Rarible and Foundation for the first time, I can say that I had more than 20 pieces of art to mint.
2. Why did you decide to join the NFT party?
I describe myself as a friend who tries to present different feelings to you by drawing real events from my own perspective. I was impatient to share my drops with the entire NFT family. I think the reason was to get your and collector ideas, actually.
3. What is inspiring you?
You know writers, write down the anecdotes that come to their minds on paper, and then they collect those notes and create wonderful stories. This is my way before starting a new NFT. With my visual memory, I start to draw my single compositions inspired by movies, paintings, real events, songs, and daily life. The things I inspire are entirely dependent on how active I am in life.
4. What is the major difference between CryptoArt and all the other art?
I think the environment where I go beyond the rules the most in everyday life may be the NFT world. This is definitely an undeniable difference when I compare it to traditional works of art. When we look at what is sold or focus on what I like, we can come across arts that are far beyond traditional art. Frankly, I see that much more original works come to the fore here in this matrix.
5. What makes an artist successful in the CryptoArt scene?
I always say this to the new artists who join the community, patience. Please have some patience. In the next 6 months or 1 year, none of your drops will be sold and no one even likes any of them. The important thing is to follow the trend. For example, they have to look at which artists are drawing what, what the main theme consists of, what colors they use. This is a world that requires a little observation and a lot of creativity. And most importantly a kind and sustainable communication.
6. Who are your favorite artists in the NFT space?
I adore the color choices and drawings of Ian Permana and Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor. Diberkato, Nadamel, Amir Mirzaei, Reza Afshar are among the best in this space. I'd definitely look at their piece of art and be inspired. Victor Duarte, Oaklyn, Marc Simonetti, Dourado, Imad Awan, Farzad are my favorite artist friends. Some of them I have just met, and most of them I have known and followed for a long time.
7. What is the future of NFTs?
I'm a little pessimistic. In what way am I pessimistic? We will lose many artists. I don't think everyone is patient and I feel there will be less quality productivity. It is obvious that many new artists will come here, but it is very difficult to predict how high-quality works will be minted. Many marketplaces will continue to open, but I'm not sure how many quality marketplaces like Foundation will be.
8. Give please one piece of advice for artists who are only starting with NFTs?
Put together a lot of your drawings and take a look at the market before you mint it. Rediscover where your arts differ. Remember that you will create very careful content for each piece. If you have artwork without content, just don't mint it. Apart from the beauty of the work at first glance, the drawing technique, the way it makes us feel, and the details, the content is also very very important.
9. Where can collectors buy your work or know more about it?