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 brilliant artist based in NYC and London. Ladies and gentlemens, greeds Kris Graves.
Kris Graves creates landscapes and portraits to preserve memory and to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine arts. He has more than 600 followers on Foundation and his most popular artwork “George Floyd Projection” was sold for 5 ETH, a great achievement.
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 can't remember exactly when I found out but I was prompted into action in March 2021. A friend mentioned the growing market, and I had very early conversations with an artist named Justin Aversano. We put our first NFT works up on OpenSea the same week.
2. Why did you decide to join the NFT party?
I want my work to be seen by more people worldwide, and NFT seems like the best way to do that. Outside of the metaverse, the "art world" I find myself in is very limited to the United States, and there are too many gatekeepers and not enough opportunities.
3. What is inspiring you?
I am inspired by my early supporters and the amazing artists that I see in the NFT space. Personally, this space allows me to be more creative with my artwork. It gives me a way to show moving image content and also gives me ideas for the future of 2d photography.
4. What is the major difference between CryptoArt and all the other art?
I think that crypto art encompasses other art forms. The only pieces that make crypto art specifically different are digital drawings, 3d imagery and video, and other works that haven't normally been displayed in physical galleries. The major difference is the community of makers and collectors. Being able to converse with your collectors is very different.
5. What makes an artist successful in the CryptoArt scene?
Persistence. I think being open-minded and building a community on Twitter and Discord are important. Don't post too much, and only post work that you feel pride in showing the public.
6. Who are your favorite artists in the NFT space?
I am a fan of photography, so my list has a lot of photography-based content. I am biased because I work with most of these people outside of the NFT space: Justin Aversano, Reuben Wu, Marshall Scheuttle, Raven Trammell, Alejandro Cartegena, Robin Friend, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Tony Murray, Shane Lavalatte, Daim Al Yad.
7. What is the future of NFTs?
The future could be huge. I see more institutions getting involved, specifically museums and larger art galleries. Hopefully, this space also allows for artists to build their public collections so anyone in the world can see their artwork.
8. Give please one piece of advice for artists who are only starting with NFTs?
Research as much as you can. Follow artists that you wouldn't normally follow. Start conversations with people on the internet.
9. Where can collectors buy your work or know more about it?
I link to all of my projects in the metaverse on krisgraves.com. I have collections on Foundation, OpenSea, and one editioned video piece on Rarible