Gm! As the launch of ArtPacks Genesis drop approaches, we’ll shed a light over some of our featured artists, their processes, motives, backgrounds and inspirations. A glimpse of the person behind the art.
We hope these interviews can get you closer to the artists and that, by reading their stories, you can find valuable inputs for yourself.
We’ll start with the Iranian digital artist Soli. With a bachelor in graphic design, Soli developed an unmistakable signature on her works. The women portraits, so hypnotic and multilayered, make her pieces the kind of art you’d recognize from miles away.
Soli, you developed a strong and recognizable signature on your art. Would you tell us about your journey until this point? How long have you been an artist and how did you come about your particular aesthetic?
At first, thank you very much, I’m glad that you like my art style. Since my childhood I was interested in painting. I’ve been working as traditional painter in high school, where I was studying art. Then I continued my studies and graduated as a bachelor of graphic design on the fine art university and master in history of art.
At the same time I turned to the digital world because it gave me more ability to create, and enrolled digital courses in the art institute.
How being a woman in Iran shaped yourself and your art? And how have the recent events regarding the women’s fight for freedom affected you?
Being a woman and an artist in a country where there are so many obstacles for women definitely has affected my art. From the beginning, choosing the art field was challenging.
I live in a country where we’ve experienced many political movements during the years after the Islamic revolution that limited the artists more and more, like the suffocation art itself and censorship. Specially against women.
As an artist I’ve always tried to show my feelings and my political views through art because for me, having a story behind my art is the most important thing. So, many stories touched my soul and feelings everyday in such extent that my art is exactly the description of my feelings and what happened around me.
Specially the recent protesting movement (Woman Life Freedom) affects my art so much that I decided to make a collection dedicated to this subject. Many people have told me it’s dangerous creating such works but I can’t stop myself doing it. I believe that as an Iranian woman artist I’m responsible to be a voice for all the brave women of Iran and our martyrs in the fight for freedom
If you could choose one place to have your art displayed for a week, where would it be? Any place.
Times Square, New York City
What’s your favorite piece among your creations?
The last piece of my “woman life freedom” collection named “Victims shot in eyes hold on to hopes” based on the true stories, owned by dear Nik Kalyani.
What inspires you?
My art is mostly the result of the inspiration from the nature, the women world and political issues.
When and how did you learn about NFTs?
I became involved in the NFT Community by one of my favorite international artists whose page I followed. Started my NFT journey in April 2021.
How do you think NFTs are changing the way we experience art?
NFT gives the artists an opportunity to connect with each other all over the world, seeing artworks daily and virtual exhibitions to learn new techniques and improve their own artistic signature.
What’s your ultimate goal as an artist?
Creating artworks with artistic value which have a strong story and message behind and improve my art style.
Thank you, Soli! It’s a pleasure to have you as an artist in the Genesis drop and we’re excited to see what you’ll bring to the game!
Can you guess who’ll be our next guest? Stay tuned.