“Honor your vision. Do what brings you the most joy. Honor thy collectors. Be a force of positivity. Be out in the world.”
Andrés Zighelboim is a Meta-surrealist and a native of Caracas, Venezuela. The city’s beauty, light, and mountains have profoundly influenced his work, as has that of Salvador Dali.
As a gateway to the surrealists, the Madam Surrealists in particular, Dali’s subject matter and treatment have also impacted Andrés, whose principal medium is oils. Painting sustainably, he never uses toxic substances such as turpentine, preferring a combination of traditional linseed and lavender oils. In his creative process, he is hyper-responsive to his surroundings and moods.
Andrés woke up to the potential of NFT art after the Beeple sale of 2021, and now believes that the Museum of Crypto Art, which houses one of his pieces, is the single most important institution in the world of crypto art today.
Andrés is a collector as well as an artist and counts many of his own collectors as friends. As well as buying works based on his artistic response to specific pieces of work, he buys into the life and story of the artist creator and believes that his collectors do the same with him.
Thanks to Web3, Andres paints and trades without the intervention of middlemen, agents, or dealers, and that’s just the way he likes to work.
We asked him how he views his responsibilities as an NFT artist. “Honor your vision. Do what brings you the most joy. Honor thy collectors. Be a force of positivity. Be out in the world. Show up at your local art non-profits, museums, etc. and show face – you are an ambassador to the semi-secret world. What we do now will become standard out there later. Your word is magic. Be as good as your word,” was his reply.