Interview with artist Rovingrivera NFT | NFT CULTURE | NFT and crypto art

Where do you come from? (Provide a bit of your background, have you moved, etc.)

I’m from New Jersey in the United States, but I’ve been traveling for 10 years as a photographer and have visited 45 countries.

Can you tell us about your background and what led you to become an artist and eventually experiment with NFTs?

Traveling and living in 4 countries over the past 10 years, I started documenting my travels through photography. After establishing a presence through Instagram, many of my family and friends inspired me to look into NFTs as a way to show my art to a wider audience. 6 months ago I decided to hit my first collection which was a series of photos from Cuba, I generated 6 Eth volumes in 6 months and sold 48 NFTs so far.

When did you hit your first NFT? Which platform did you choose and why?

6 months ago I hit my Genesis collection which was a series called Cubano Streets. I used opensea to hit my first collection, now I’m on multiple platforms such as foundation and know the origin.

Can you tell us one thing you can’t live without? (and why)

I can’t live without the flexibility to travel. It’s a necessity for me and a big part of my happiness and balance. I literally can’t stop learning from travel experiences, it’s the only thing that motivates me to keep creating.

What is your favorite artist(s) (Non NFT)? What about their style that resonates with you

Fan Ho was a 60s photographer based in Hong Kong, his way of capturing light and shadow through film photography was absolutely amazing. He’s my favorite artist and considering I lived in Asia for 10 years, his photos really resonated with me.

Who is your favorite NFT artist? What makes this artist unique?

Ali Sabet is my favorite NFT artist, his style is so vibrant and his workflow is so smooth. Seeing him create is therapeutic. He’s also one of the nicest people in space. He’s unique in that even though he’s been a huge hit, he’ll still take your calls or jump into a space with you and share his knowledge. He is a true down to earth artist.

What prompted you to get into NFT art?

I have always been into crypto to learn new technologies created on the blockchain. When NFTs appeared, I immediately knew it was an opportunity to let people know about my art. It wasn’t until a friend of mine pushed me to hit my first collectible and had the patience to hold it tight.

What’s the NFT you wish you’d bought but missed out on

Bored Ape and Mutant Ape Yacht Club

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why this location?

Well, this question is interesting because I have made travel a living and I have been to 45 countries so far, but for me my main destination has always been Mongolia, Georgia and Armenia. I love history and these places are historically a dream for me. I want to live among the nomads of the Mongolian steppe and discover their way of life in yurts. Document them in a photojournalistic way. The landscapes of all these places are very motivating for me to create.

What are your other passions besides art? Why?

I think we can confirm that my greatest passion is travelling, learning new languages ​​and experiencing history and culture. I really like being outside of my comfort zone because it forces you to adapt and absorb knowledge. Being abroad also made me more aware of the world and helped my art style to be unique compared to other artists.

Do you do other art forms?

As a photographer, I found myself exploring other art mediums through collaboration. It has been an interesting direction to merge my photography with other artist styles such as illustration, oil painting and digital art.

Are you self-taught or trained?

Yes I am self taught I would say for 6 years I have been studying the basics and still learning more intensive strategies and skills through tutorials and other photographers

How did you find your specific style?

To be honest, I’m still trying to figure out if I even have a style. All of my art has varied over the years and I’ve done it on purpose because I rarely do things exactly the same way. My art is inspired by my location so I never keep the same theme. Maybe my audience can tell me if they can possibly find a style in my art.

How has your style evolved over the years?

I’ve been experimenting a lot over the past few years, refining a lot how I understand color grading combinations and what I want my art to focus on. I started as a drone photographer focusing on landscapes and now I do storytelling photojournalism work that enables change by focusing on history and culture.

What’s coming in the near future?

I’m working on amazing collaborations with great artists, including my favorite artist who I’m really excited for. I also plan to make another move to Latin America or Asia.

If you could collaborate with an artist, who would it be? (and why)

Wow what a question because I have already started collaborating with this artist but let’s keep it interesting here. If I had to choose another artist to collaborate with now, I would choose Michael Yamashita. He’s a New Jersey native like me, I think I could learn a lot from him because he’s an experienced photographer, especially with National Geographic, which is my goal.

What was your biggest failure and what did you learn from it?

Probably my biggest failure was not getting into NFTs earlier, but time in the market and patience are definitely key in this space. I’ve had great success even in a bear market, so I’m looking forward to the next cycle. We need to realize that we are all artists even before NFTs, so our failures should just be an inspiration to keep creating.

How much did it sell

The last NFT I sold was my highest sale which was 1.666 Ethereum

Do you have any drops coming?

Yes, I am currently upgrading to super rare. Once that happens, I’ll drop off a collection that’s very important to me.

Link to website

www.rovingrivera.com

Social Links and NFT Market Links

https://lynkfire.com/rovingrivera

Do you have anything else to share?

Thank you very much for the opportunity to be seen. Exposure for artists is more important than sales in my opinion and thank you for this platform to be recognized

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