Welcome to the second edition of Cosmic Convos! This week was super hectic for me. First of all I was super excited about the release of my first Cosmic Convos. I received so many great messages from all of you about the interview and was overwhelmed with all the positive feedback. It feels so good to know that already so many followers have read my article and I can’t wait to share many more beautiful artists’ stories with all of you!
Besides that I was super busy with studying for exams. I noticed that sometimes it is quite hard to combine learning for exams whilst being active in the NFT community. The NFT community is always active, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and prioritize what is important in your personal life. In the end I was able to focus well and am well prepared for the exam week.
This week I’m presenting a conversation with one of my favorite artists I discovered through Twitter.
Even though he already has made quite a name for himself, I think he has the potential to become one of the leaders in the NFT space for years to come. His surreal, cyberpunk and sci-fi art is mesmerizingly beautiful and takes you on a trip into a dystopian world. It was an honor getting to speak with him. Enjoy my second Comic Convos with the incredible BakaArts!
Rei: Hi Darius! First of all, you call yourself BakaArts. Can you tell me why and when you came up with the name?
BakaArts: I had to come up with an online username in 5 minutes back when I got partnership for my YouTube channel. So I was like “well I like anime and stuff so let’s pick a word.” Went for Baka which basically means Idiot in Japanese and Arts because I do digital art. I thought it was ironic!
Rei: I heard you live in Germany but are not from there. Tell me a bit more about yourself in general!
BakaArts: I was born in Romania where I lived for 10 years, then moved to Italy for another 10 years until the economic crisis and now I’ve been living in Germany for the last 10 years.
Rei: Let’s talk about your art now. How did you start out making art, was it always 3D art? When did you transfer from making art to making NFTs?
BakaArts: I was always the artistic one that didn’t like school that much in the family. I started as a young kid with paint, moved on to drawings, then Photoshop Photo-manipulations and then I switched to 3D where I found my home. I started minting my art as NFTs late February 2021.
Rei: In your art I can see a lot of sci-fi/cyberpunk/anime inspiration. Do you get your inspiration to make your art from anywhere specifically?
BakaArts: The Matrix PS2 game I played as a kid inspired me to do cyberpunk in general. It showed me what Cyberpunk is before I even knew it existed. I didn’t base everything on cyberpunk until later on but I went deep into it later in my career. I then started watching Akira, GITS, Cowboy Bebop, Metropolis, Lain etc. and I learned a ton from them in terms of composition, lighting, concepting, etc. Meobius and Syd Mead are also a giant influence on my art.
Rei: Which other artists do you look up too?
BakaArts: The consistency of Beeple, the art direction and concepts of Ian Hubert, the Imagination of Moebius and Syd Mead.
Rei: I see you also have your own NFT project called The Surrogates. Can you tell me some more about it and what’s next for the project?
BakaArts: The Surrogates originated as a spin-off of my Ethertales graphic novel but it turned out to become something bigger and a thing of its own. It’s a collection of human-controlled androids that each have different strengths and looks. I will make 1000 of them manually and a generative project is also in the works.
Rei: Do you want to convey any specific messages with your art?
BakaArts: Every time I let the viewer dive into my world and make their own story. I like to give a hint and let it evolve in your mind. Everyone sees my art differently.
Rei: I see you donate a lot to Mental Health Charities. Can you tell me why this is important for you?
BakaArts: I used to struggle a lot with blockades hindering my art and suffer from anxiety and depression. In recent years I’ve learned to control it but sometimes it creeps back and cripples me completely no matter what I do. I think it’s nice to know that I can somehow make a difference and contribute to fixing what’s affecting many others like me.
Rei: How would you envision the world for the next 25 years, would this be a more utopian or dystopian future? And what place will NFTs have in this world?
BakaArts: The fun part is, I don’t know and that’s very exciting to me. Whatever comes our way with NFTs, innovations, utopia or dystopia, it’s something big. Hope I live long enough to see the changes in real time.
Rei: Do you have any specific goals you want to achieve in the NFT space?
BakaArts: Make art until I can’t make art anymore.
Rei: Lastly, where can people find out more about you and your art?
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Art admirer turned NFT collector.