Booyasan • Artist Spotlight
What got you in to Crypto art?
Well, crypto did. I’ve always been fascinated by new technologies. I was big fan of bitcoin on the early days and was mining some on my balcony which allowed me to offer myself great creative tools. I then moved on and invested myself more into art and creation. A year ago when I discovered that art and crypto could be linked, it just blew my mind! Discovering the growing community was so exciting! It still is.
Where do you find your inspiration?
It’s a mix between simple ideas that pop up and technical challenges. I’m constantly having ideas about what I would like to create. I pick those with the most technical challenges, so I can have fun discovering tools in the process. Sometimes it’s the opposite, I discover a new tool try to master it on a creative idea. But it’s always about having fun, learning, and making visions real.
What do you think of traditional artwork?
Traditional artwork is what brought us here! It is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, and a great influence, whether we try to imitate it or move away from it. But it must be admitted that if the artist is an explorer of the field of possibilities, crypto art and digital art are currently the most exiting place, conducive to creation and exploration. In comparison, traditional contemporary art is huge but a little rusty. But it seems that these two worlds are happily beginning to pull each other up.
Do you think your art is fulfilling a purpose?
Creativity is a double-edged sword, it means you always want to bring ideas to fruition, try new things, bring you answers. It takes time, time that you do not give to more concrete or serious occupations or to your loved ones. But at the same time, it is also a process that brings great fulfilment, a real balance, enriches you intellectually, sometimes even socially and in some cases financially. In fact, art is a sport for the soul.
How did you start out as an artist?
I was that child who was happy to have big school books, because on big books, you can do longer flip-book animations! Later I had the chance and happiness to study art, then naturally, to work as a graphic designer or photographer or director. But always developing more personal projects. Randomly meeting some people, my personal work has ended up finding its place in traditional galleries and more recently in crypto art.
Who or what inspires your work?
My inspiration is quite vast; the themes are often borrowed from pop references, computer cultures, art history, allusion to the consumer society, politics and cryptocurrencies. Let's say a mix of superheroes, pop stars, bitcoins and classic paintings are on my palette. The tools themselves that I use influence me or my creations give ideas.
Which other artist(s) so you admire?
I have of course a huge admiration for artists like Beeple, Pak, Pascal Boyart and others. But I have no less for my equally talented friends with whom I founded the collective 1789NFT. My collaborators ~ @bygrida @NinaMaalej @BenjaminSpark_ @tetonotsorry @louis16art @presidentmutant @Pplouz @8thproject1 @sb_editing__ are so talented ... as you can see from this example ...
Final question, what is next for you as an artist?
Next is our exhibition for our collective “1789NFT” at the Galerie Schwab Beaubourg in Paris. www.galerieschwabbeaubourg.com/ Then another exhibition at the gorgeous NFT Galerie IHAM Paris. https://www.galerieiham.com/ Then maybe others exhibitions and new collectors! https://knownorigin.io/1789nft
We would like to thank Booyasan for giving up their time to collaborate on this with us.