Interview with artist Camibus NFT | NFT CULTURE | NFT and crypto art
we are incredibly honored to sit down with the incredible artist Camibus.
Can you tell us about your background and what led you to become an artist and eventually experiment with NFTs?
I was born in Romania a few weeks after the revolution that ended communism in a chaotic and constantly changing world. I have lived here all my life trying to pursue an artistic career in a poverty stricken country. By the way, I come from the province of Transylvania – yes, this Transylvania.
I started my journey in the visual arts – drawing and painting – about 12 years ago. I didn’t draw as a child. My parents encouraged me to pursue music and I loved it. I played in different bands in high school and my dream was to be a rock star. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was actually dreading growing up and having to find a real job. I thought music was my only other option.
I wanted to be creative, but I couldn’t imagine a life where I could be an artist and make a living out of it. Being a painter is something I read about in history books, but it’s not a job I could have imagined anyone would have in our time. I didn’t know any artists and couldn’t imagine it was something that could be pursued.
In college, I studied theater directing. It wasn’t my calling, but it was the only university I could attend in my hometown that was related to art and allowed me to pursue my creativity.
I was lucky enough to get a job as a cleaner/line artist in an animation studio during my senior year of college. I had no previous experience with drawing and animation, but I got an internship and found the Goldilocks terms where art meets a secure income and I knew that’s what I’m going to do with my life .
I spent the next 10 years learning to draw, reading every book I could find, watching youtube videos, spending all my lunch breaks and evenings drawing figures, gestures, practicing to improve. It was not an easy journey, I was very critical of myself, I suffered from impostor syndrome for years, but I kept going and I’m so happy about it.
When did you hit your first NFT?
The first time I heard about cryptoart was at the end of January 2021 from someone who invited my boyfriend, who is also an artist, to present his work at a gallery in Decentraland. I was intrigued and read all about NFTs. I asked them if I could also present my work and they accepted. I started working on my Figures collection soon after. The gallery only opened in March, but at that time I wanted to experience NFTs myself. I minted stuff on Opensea and sold my first coin there. By the time the gallery launched, I had already sold 3 NFTs.
Which platform did you choose and why?
I read for the first time on SuperRare and NiftyGateway and immediately applied as an artist, but my first works hit Opensea. Foundation didn’t exist yet and it took a few months to be accepted as an artist on MakersPlace and KnownOrigin. I only used Opensea for my very first work which was exhibited at @galeriademilo in Decentraland.
Can you tell us one thing you can’t live without?
It may sound corny but I can’t live without art! I mean I can, but what’s the point?
Other than that, I need coffee, cats, music, nature, love and sunshine – plus a good amount of food.
What is your favorite artist(s) (Non NFT)?
By far Dali! He had a huge influence on my art and his work has fascinated me since I was a kid! I like other surrealist artists like Magritte, Renaissance artists like Caravaggio, Raphael, Bosch and Dutch Baroque painters like Rembrandt.
How does their style resonate with you?
With Dali, I love that we get a glimpse of his mad genius subconscious. Surreal art is like taking a snapshot of our dreams. Figurative art is cool, but surreal art is so much better because of it. With the other artists, apart from Bosch, I like their technique and their use of light and color. Bosch is so crazy to watch again, I love getting lost in his work!
Who is your favorite NFT artist?
There are so many incredible artists that it’s hard to choose just one, but if I have to, I’ll choose a promising one, who is @liboar
His work is also surreal, Escher-inspired, with impossible geometry and a crazy amount of detail. It’s a hidden gem. I love getting lost in his worlds.
What makes this artist unique?
He is very skilled and can draw amazing things with insane amounts of detail from his imagination – without reference – they just pop out of his head. I find that absolutely amazing. It takes so much work, effort and experience for artists to have such a visual library – not many people can do it.
What prompted you to get into NFT art?
For me, it’s irrelevant that it’s NFT – for me, it’s just art. NFTs have given me the incredible opportunity to make a comfortable living out of it, so of course I’m very excited about it, but in the end, it always was and always will be about art. Art is art – whatever the medium, whether digital or physical.
What is the NFT piece of art you wish you had bought but missed out on?
Being in space for over a year I’ve seen some very talented artists who started with me and ended up exploding like @Zhuk_live or @jarvinart and of course I would have loved to own a piece of hey but we were just poor artists at the time.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I wanted to go to the United States, and that dream came true this year when I was a speaker at NFT.NYC. I have only seen NYC and would love to see other places in the US as well. I hope I can visit again one day. I would also like to visit Asia. I was in Europe until recently and I’m dying to see other cultures!
I want to see different people, different ways of life, different ways of thinking, different architecture. As Mark Twain used to say, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our fellow citizens are in dire need of it because of that.” Broad, healthy and charitable views of men and things are not acquired by vegetating in a small corner of the earth all one’s life. – I’m tired of vegetating in my little corner of Europe!
What are your other passions besides art?
Music! Music speaks to us in a way that the visual arts cannot. I don’t have time to actively pursue a career in music, but I love having it in my life – as a listener, as a creator, and sometimes just playing a little piece in my bedroom.
Do you do other art forms?
I also do 2D animation, music composition, creative writing. I’m the co-founder of a small indie game studio and we do all of that for the narrative games we make.
How did you find your specific style?
When I started my NFT journey, I didn’t have a style yet. Before that, I tried to master all the materials and all the styles in visual arts. It is an essential skill for an artist who wants to be employable. I mainly drew cute cartoons, but I always felt that people didn’t take me seriously with that. I wanted to try a more contemplative, more mature style.
Why nudes? It’s what I do best. I’ve spent a decade practicing character design and I think that’s what I do best. The human figure is also the most discussed subject in the history of art, from ancient Greece to the Renaissance. We like to see the human form, and I like to paint it.
Why surreal? I am in love with Dali. He is for me the most important figure in art. I had been in awe of his work since I was little, so if I ever became a painter, that’s what I wanted to be. Given the chance to create my style, my voice, I chose this: surrealism + nudes.
How has your style evolved over the years?
I started drawing and painting when I was 20. I went from a very bad artist to a very good one. I went through so many styles, subjects and mediums until I found the one I resonated with the most.
What’s coming in the near future?
I am so excited to announce that I will be posting a curated drop on NiftyGateway! My art will also be exhibited at Beijing Contemporary and Times Square!
If you could collaborate with an artist, who would it be?
I never thought about it, but if I have to choose I’m a big fan of @raphaellacoste. He is a master in his art. It would be an honor to collaborate.
What was your biggest failure and what did you learn from it?
I was permanently banned from Twitter because of my art. I thought my career was over because of a stupid mistake like not reading the sensitive media policy. In the end, after 2 crushing weeks and 8 declined calls, I got my account back. In the NFT space, small things can make or break you. It is important to always be informed and careful in everything you do.
Do you have anything else to share?
A big thank you to all those who participate in this scene, make it live and help the artists to live from their passion!
Do you have any drops coming?
Yes, I will be releasing a collection on August 19 on NiftyGateway!
Where can collectors find your work?
I’m hitting my 1/1s on SuperRare and edits are coming soon to NiftyGateway.