Featured Artist Drop Q&A with Humberto Diaz

Humberto Diaz joins us on the Inside Art to answer your questions!

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Exclusively on Nifty’s, explore the Lost Sanctuary, Diaz, Humberto’s origin NFT project.

Featured-Artist-Drop-QA-with-Humberto-DiazStill from Diaz, Humberto’s Lost Sanctuary (Summer).

Introducing Diaz, Humberto, the internationally exhibited multi-media artist, and his first NFT project, Lost Sanctuary, exclusively on Nifty’s. Learn more about the work and artist in our Q&A below.

Q&A with Humberto Diaz:

Tell us about yourself in a few words.

My name is Humberto Daz, and I am a Cuban artist who received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and ceramics from the Art Academy of Trinidad and a master’s degree in sculpture and performance art from the ISA in Havana.

Three-dimensional and object-oriented art methods have always piqued my interest. Performance pieces, movies, installations, and architectural interventions were used first, followed by ceramics. I create poetic visuals that draw on the social and political dimensions of our surroundings in all of these mediums. My work urges viewers to reflect on incidents in human-nature relationships as well as the manner in which the media shapes our perceptions of current life and society.

How did you come to know about NFTs?

Last year, I first learned about NFTs from two friends who were familiar with my work and understood the potential they may have as NFTs. I first refused since I didn’t comprehend much of what they were talking about. Now I view it as a limitless universe of possibilities; it will be the medium for displaying digital projects, virtual sculptures, and conceptual pieces that I couldn’t even imagine doing in the real world. I chose to start with a few of those unfinished concepts, focusing on getting them suitable for the virtual world and metaverse. As a result, I picked Lost Sanctuary as my debut NFT, based on an installation project/idea titled “Dead whale” 2019.

What drew you to this particular drop?

Lost Sanctuary (Summer) is my first NFT; for it, I enlisted the help of Victor Lopez, a 3D artist with whom I had previously collaborated on various projects and whom I regard as a remarkable 3DMax talent. Later, we enlisted the help of René Rodriguez, a friend and composer, to produce an unique sound composition for each track. For the three of us, the NFT is a brand-new experience, and we’re buzzing with anticipation.

For the last year, we’ve been working on a one-of-a-kind sequence of NFTs to construct a self-contained microworld that recounts the narrative of an asteroid or floating island that has been lost in the metaverse. A symbiosis exists between the components that make up a self-sufficient ecosystem. Between the open and contained areas, the inside and outside, the freedom and the cloistered, a visual game is created.

What inspired you to begin creating digital art, and how did you get started?

In the year 2000, I began developing digital art with my first video installations, which included rudimentary 3D animation of bricks and implosive waves. Since then, I’ve been employing computer techniques to create ideas and simulations before creating some elaborate art works. It was usually used as a planning tool for Site-Specific projects, but paradoxically, very little of it has been shown or published.

In one words, describe your work.

My art straddles the line between what is conceivable and what is impossible, between the real and the imaginary.

As an artist, what possibilities have NFTs provided you?

I’ve always been afraid of dying before seeing many of my ideas come to fruition. My computer and hard drives are overflowing with concepts, but it was prohibited to reveal or publicize an idea until it became “real.” The NFT, along with the “building” of a Metaverse, now provides a venue for such digital compositions, representations, and ideas to be shared. Making themselves the virtual manifestation of my world, making their existence open and theoretically approachable to an infinite number of others. This is a whole new paradigm and method of thinking about intellectual property. The growth of the NFT and the opportunities it opens for all forms of creative expressions will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of the arts.

What will your next NFT release be?

Three additional drops will follow LOST SANCTUARY (Summer): Galactic Autumn, Boreal Winter, and Aquatic Spring. All of this is predicated on the development of this ecosystem, in which each constituent serves a critical purpose in order for the ecosystem to thrive.

Thank you for sharing more about your history and work with Nifty’s, Humberto. Explore and collect the drop, which is now available on Nifty’s.


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Diaz, Humberto is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist, known for installation, performance, video, and photography work. Diaz, Humberto is the first of upcoming NFT releases from Cuban artists selected by international curator and art historian Gladys Garrote. This is his genesis NFT project, created in collaboration with 3D artist Victor López and the composer René Rodriguez.

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