ART FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND PEOPLE YOUNG AT HEART
“If somebody really believes in you, and the art is good, they will collect it. There’s no elitism, and there are no barriers to entry. Community is really important.”
As a child, Haitian-born Dimithry caught a segment on TV about how to draw a character and animate it. He put pencil to paper, fell in love, and never looked back.
In 2020, he noticed on Twitter that artists were getting involved in NFTs. His friends encouraged him to get into the space to showcase his work. Dimithry’s first work sold on the same day that it was minted. “I didn’t know that people would actually buy it. I thought it would take a while, especially because physical art takes time to sell.”
This first collector advised Dimithry to mint more pieces, which also immediately sold.
Dimithry likes being in both the digital and physical worlds of art. He paints large canvases and sends physicals to his collectors. “My pieces tend to be on the bigger side. If the collector wants it and has space for it, I’ll send it – it’s really up to them.”
Dimithry regards NFTs as certificates of authenticity, where ownership can be proved. “I always found that kind of cool. I think that’s what hooked me, knowing that if somebody buys my NFT, it’s an original and not a copy.”
In the traditional art world, “you have to show your credentials and prove your worth before a collector will buy your work.” In NFTs, the relationship with collectors is more personal. “If somebody really believes in you, and the art is good, they will collect it. There’s no elitism, and there are no barriers to entry. Community is really important.”
Dimithry’s origins help him to understand the issues around immigration, the blood diamonds of Africa, and impoverished, marginalized communities. “I try to show black people in a way that you can empathize with them and understand where they’re coming from. But I don’t like to show them in a way that makes you think, ‘oh man, that’s so sad.’ I like to show them in a way where you smile because there’s beauty in the struggle. At the end of the day, you’ve got to be comfortable and happy in any situation you’re in.”
Dimithry is also influenced by the great Expressionist masters. His work blends realism and humor, and he utilizes a bright color palette that comes from his childhood in Miami. His pieces include a strong narrative that creates captivating works of art.