Welcome to CryptoArt Sundays! This week I am so extremely excited to introduce you to a phenomenal artist called Ahmed Partey. I love finding artists that have such a unique style, that you can immediately recognize their artworks no matter what, and Ahmed is 100% one of those artists.
Ahmed is a visual artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana. His art is inspired by West African Ga Adangbe symbols like Ga Samai, African masks, African figurines and pattern designs. He aims to connect to the African cultural past and spirituality, and you can definitely feel that in his works. The masked figures in his artworks are his trademark symbol, and they evoke a sense of surrealism, tribal roots, culture, and abstract emotions.
Ahmed has already exhibited his works in a few prominent events, such as the biggest street and alternative art festival in West Africa called Chale Wote Festival, a group exhibition in early 2019 at British Council Accra, and he has also designed art for the biggest skate tour in Ghana organized by Surf Ghana.
Now let’s dive in and find out how he got into NFTs and his experience in this space!
How did you find out about the NFT space, and what attracted you to create your own NFTs?
I got an email invite from MakersPlace in May 2020. I had already been doing digital art since 2010. Apparently they saw one of my works on behance that blew their mind. In the email they told me about NFTs. I had no idea what it was so I did some background research and thought it will be good to jump in. After some weeks I started selling, then I realized it was actually real. I started minting the other digital artworks I had since.
How often do you create?
It is hard to put a cap on how often I create. Creating is part of my life now so even when I am not doing anything I am imagining my next work. Basically I create almost everyday.
What is your creative process?
My works are based on interesting portraits of mostly black people.
When a portrait inspires me I use it as reference and create what I see in my minds eye with internalized African mask inspiration. Normally I have no idea what is going to come out but as I create, the image takes shape.
Are there any CryptoArtists you would love to collaborate with?
I already collaborated with over 60 CryptoArtists to create The Artvatar project. It will be interesting to collaborate with other artists in the future. As time goes on I will know which artists I would love to collaborate with.
What do you think the future of CryptoArt will look like?
CryptoArt is still in its early stages so it’s really hard to predict much, however, I believe this changes how we value digital assets like digital art. It is a far more efficient art market than the traditional art market. The future will see more art exhibitions in the metaverse having way more value than the traditional art galleries we are used to.
What are you currently working on?
I am experimenting with 3D sculpting. I want my art to be experienced in 3D form in the metaverse.
Where can collectors find your work?
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