THE EXPLORER WHO CAPTURES
“By the time I was 17 years old, I knew that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
The work of 24-year-old Alaskan psychoconceptualist artist Connor Grasso is mind-blowing. His photographic techniques look surreal. Be entranced by his art too!
Connor grew up in rural Alaska, with the state’s beauty cultivating a deep appreciation for the natural world. He grabbed his first camera in 2015 – and was immediately hooked. “My dad gave me his camera, and I started to go out and take photos,” he shares. “And then I ended up finding a cool friend group of people who also like to do that. The camera kind of made me want to look at the rest of the world outside of Alaska. By the time I was 17 years old, I knew that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
He started working at a union hall after high school, saved his earnings, and left Alaska during the winter to travel to Washington, Germany, Italy, Spain, Budapest, and England over a few years. His exposure to a wide range of diverse cultures and scenery during his extensive travels around the world contributed to his photography and creative expression in ways he never imagined possible before. Soon after, he realized that his mission in life was to document the landscapes and emotions of the world’s different people.
In July 2020, Connor began delving into the blockchain and the possibilities for photography. He sold his first piece that year, a collaboration with artist Femzor, called ‘Dancing Sky.’ He also put out an archive collection called ‘The Last Frontier.’ That was a collection of all his favorite works created in Alaska. Incredibly, his artwork has been displayed across the globe in galleries in Shanghai, Prague, and New York City. He’s hit the big time – and the sky’s the limit for this talented artist!
His blockchain success has seen Connor dive deeper into the web3 life. He also serves as creative director at SHILLR. To effectively create a web3 marketing and community strategy, SHILLR Consulting adopts a collaborative and organic method. Their team also runs extensive social media and marketing campaigns to increase public knowledge of an artist’s project or brand and encourage community participation. He says, “I’m really proud of what we do to display artists. We’ve been able to bring in all kinds of different artists, whatever medium, whatever chain, whatever your background is as a person.”
Keep an eye out for new work from this talented innovator as he plans to keep expanding and sharing his love for nature – and takes over the blockchain!