Nina is passionate about telling the stories of artists and documenting their artistic processes, so that they can focus on creating. She’s written for a range of cultural magazines in the Netherlands, her homeland, including 3voor12 and the Groninger Museum. Her work as a contemporary art historian has seen her work at Museum Voorlinden, the Van Gogh Museum, and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Today, her main and ever-increasing focus is on the digital art world, and she is fascinated by the endless possibilities of web3 and how crypto artists are pushing the boundaries of creating without gatekeepers.
Sarah Zucker's GIFs have been viewed more than 7 billion times. She tells Nina Knaack why a GIF is like life, how her art makes the internet more human, and how they help her navigate our "terrifying transition."
Trevor Jones, a traditional painter and cryptoart leader, is a longstanding believer in technology's ability to enhance the experience of viewing art. But as well as enabling his medium, technology makes up one of the artist's key subject matters as he highlights the driving forces of change in the contemporary world at the intersection of art and tech.
Taiwanese artist YuLiang “YuYu” Liu and his partner Alex Aravantinos are making the cryptoart scene are more diverse place with their LGBT-inclusive takes on historic artworks. The Berlin-based couple speak to Nina Knaack about reforming popular culture, making a positive impact, and why they needed blockchain — and each other — to make it happen.
Spanish artist A.L. Crego is a digital artist through and through. But it wasn’t until he merged his GIF art with the web that he truly felt his heart sing. He talks to Nina Knaack about finding both canvas and museum in the digital realm, the certifying power of blockchain, and why web3 has finally given the internet a soul.
After graduating from a traditional art school, neurocolor began to create art that went against everything he had learnt there. But he discovered that there wasn’t a market for it. That was before he discovered NFTs. The Mexican artist tells Nina Knaack about finding unexplored relations between visual styles, and why web3 is the perfect place for avant-garde art to thrive and grow.
An admirer of the obscure, Tina Eisen is well-known for her exceptional macro self-portraits. Having accumulated more than 10 years of experience in the commercial beauty industry, she explores unconventional concepts in her personal projects. She talks with Nina Knaack about where her love for intricate detail comes from and how photographing herself has given her more artistic freedom.
3D artist Kristian Levin counts Vogue and Bang & Olufsen on his client list, but it was only when he created his moniker, noCreative, to share his personal art with the world that he unlocked true creative freedom. Now a SuperRare artist and member of the esteemed art collective, Bloom, Kristian tells Nina Knaack why moving to web3 was one of his best career moves yet.
The first big NFT conference of the year was NFT Paris, with attendance from Brigitte Macron and thousands of crypto-natives, making it one of Europe’s landmark web3 conferences. Nina Knaack reviews the event and explains what made it special, and what missed the mark.
In crypto since 2015 and one of the first to mint his art in 2019, Rutger van der Tas is one of web3’s original creators. A seasoned advocate for the opportunities that web3 can bring, the painter and digital artist sits with Nina Knaack to discuss finding the next step in generative art and creating a space for every emotion.
Initially drawn to art through his love for comics and illustration, Piter Pasma has always displayed a creative flare. But, after his entry into coding at only nine years old, Piter soon became entranced by the aesthetic potential of generative art. He tells Nina Knaack about pushing the boundaries of code, and why he believes that NFTs and generative art make for a perfect match.
From 3D tools to animation to photography, Bas Uterwijk worked in myriad digital mediums before discovering artificial intelligence. But the Dutch artist, better known as Ganbrood, has been making bizarre, in-depth universes with the technology ever since. He speaks to Nina Knaack about how AI removes the burden of perfectionism and how web3 has changed his life in the most unexpected ways.
Maciej Drabik has always poured his emotions into his art. But it remained only a hobby until he discovered NFTs. He speaks to Nina Knaack about how web3 gave value to his creativity.
Nina Knaack speaks to members of the Bloom collective, a community of artists propelling each other in web3 and helping define the fast-changing world of cryptoart.
Whilst touring the world as a musician, Reuben Wu found a new passion: photography. The multidisciplinary artist uses the concepts of time and space to tell compelling stories about the vast world we inhabit. He speaks to Nina Knaack about making art with drones and his search for ideas that have never been done before.
An electronic music producer who has released five albums with Universal Music and Virgin, Agoria followed the freedom he felt in techno and ended up in web3. His pursuit of new tech in AI and a niche in biological generative art makes him a unique lesson on how to succeed as an artist. He speaks with Nina Knaack about his fascination for the unknown and his advice for aspiring creators.
Marco Mori creates art intended to spark a reaction. The German 3D artist, known for his provocative caricatures and witty animations, is inclined towards the “weird” over the “normal”. He spoke to Nina Knaack about his newfound artistic freedom and ability to earn a living by creating whatever he feels like.
Mona's aim has always been to empower creating, collecting, and sharing virtual experiences at the intersection of the metaverse, extended reality, and blockchain. Nina Knaack speaks to co-founder Justin Melillo about the evolution his platform and why virtual experiences are worth getting excited about.
Anthony Kyriazis always knew he was different. But it was only when he realised that this was a good thing that he could play a leading role in shaping the 3D digital abstract art movement. He speaks to Nina Knaack about balancing work and passion, using art as a self-exploratory tool, and how he is using NFTs “to create a heritage for my children.”
Deniz Izadi makes artworks full of contrast. Moving, neon lights set against a black background to create imagery that exhibits the paradoxes she encounters in her daily life. A female artist born in Iran, she says “we are battling against decades of repression.” She tells Nina Knaack about how she found a voice for her stories via NFTs.
F. Dilek Uyar is a lawyer and photographer from Ankara, Turkey. She’s won the National Geographic Travel Photographer award and over 200 others. In conversation with Nina Knaack, she discusses the power of art, the necessity of making yourself heard, and how hard that can be, especially as a woman in Turkey and in web3.