Binance Smart Chain NFT Artist Spotlight: Sergi Stamp

"We're standing on the shoulders of giants to see further and create more,” echoes Stamp.

Kyle Heise
December 13, 2021
BSC News

Artists Redefining NFT Culture        

The culture of NFTs across crypto continues to brighten. Here at BSC News, we are looking to highlight NFT artists from Binance Smart Chain (BSC), and we hope to enlighten readers on how the artists work. ETH and Solana may be taking some big headlines, but artists are hard at work on BSC too!

This week we are highlighting Sergi Stamp, a Barcelona-based artist with over 500 digital renderings, many of which have sold as NFTs on Fumigene, BakerySwap, and Known Origin NFT Marketplaces. Stamp was kind enough to answer a list of questions exploring about where he draws inspiration,

The detailed work of Catalan artist Sergi Stamp shows an appreciation of the natural world and how it contrasts with quotidian parts of our lives. Many of his renderings have a backdrop of natural landscapes with uncanny real-world detail.

Meet NFT Artist: Sergi Stamp

  • What is your artistic background? 

I studied an artistic variant during high school and tried to combine it as much as possible with subjects related to technology. Both disciplines have always caught my attention, and when I decided to continue studying at the university, I decided to go with a degree in product design. 

I did three years of university, and I dropped out because I realized that I was more interested in the visualization and presentation of that product than the product design itself.

At that time, I’d been messing around with Cinema 4D for a year and discovering the possibilities of 3D in general in relation to communication and visualization of 3D scenes.

  • What brought you to blockchain and crypto?

Team Black Cat (a creative collective that focuses on 3D I'm now part of) contacted me in January of this year (2021), and they introduced me to the world of Blockchain and NFTs. It was very helpful for me at the beginning to be able to ask within a group of like-minded artists and go through these first steps with them.

At the same time, I was also educating myself as much as I could about how the crypto world works and getting familiar with the new concepts with a friend (and also a 3D artist) from Madrid. 

I remember those first months as something very intense and of great value. I am very grateful to all those who have shared their experience and knowledge with me.

  • What are the positives to being an NFT artist?

I think the word that best defines it is: OPPORTUNITY.

Until now, if you wanted to make a living from your artistic creations, there were (generally speaking) two paths: either you considered yourself an artist, and you followed "the path of traditional art" where you immediately find that being selected by an art gallery is almost impossible. Or, second option: you consider yourself a designer and suddenly the objective becomes to make artistic creations with the focus on creating something that a brand can feel identified with or something that can serve as a piece of marketing content.

Don't get me wrong, I love both. I love working as a product visualizer, designing and producing a piece to showcase a product or brand, as much as I love working on personal abstract stuff.

The question is not whether there’s a good or a bad option.

The thing is, NFT technology has created the opportunity for creative people to be able to do both at the same time and create art as an artist and still create creative content for brands.

At the same time, for those whose life is art, the opportunity to be an NFT artist and have a community to share, connect and develop I think is great and something that years ago only some could dream of making happen.

  • What are the biggest challenges for an NFT artist?

Consistency, communicating with an audience, and dealing with criticism and judgment.

  • How do you like working on BakerySwap and Binance Smart Chain? Any positives or negatives? Do you prefer BSC or ETH? 

It's so early to talk about this, to be honest. Both have positives and negatives, I'm sure people are aware, and I'm not really the man to go into detail on the technical side of this. For now, I just found more art communities on ETH, but as I said at the beginning, it's so early.

  • I detect some Dali influence in your art. Odd landscape, chairs, and reverse imagery. Do you acknowledge this? Do you draw inspiration from other artists in Catalonia and Spain? 

The fact that you just said this reminded me of the quote attributed to Bernard of Chartres: "We're standing on the shoulders of giants."

From the moment we are born our environment and we have already established an exchange of information. Much of that information consists of progress, relationships with the world, and standards that have been achieved thus far. All this information finds its home in the individuals that make up society and (if I may say) is spread and transferred from one to another.

It is easy for me to see how the fact of being born in Catalonia and being introduced to the art world, in the first instance by the school, has made Dalí a benchmark of surrealism. As a child, excursions were made to go to see the Dalí Museum, and normally Catalan people are very proud to have such amazing surreal pioneer artists from our country, and no wonder... totally agree!

But what I was trying to say bringing Chartres quote is that influence is inevitable and happens all the time. We're constantly influenced by images, sounds, ideas that are wonderful, and that took an incredible mind behind us to articulate them.

And we are here "standing on the shoulders of giants" to see further, to create more.

  • Where else do you draw inspiration?

After the artist’s cliché of "anything can be a source of inspiration," which is true, obviously but still true. I get a lot of inspiration from good movies. I've been super lucky to have an older brother who loves films, so when I was a kid and growing up, I used to watch the DVDs he bought. So I grew up hearing my brother talking about long sequence shots on movies, camera movements that seemed impossible to recreate, the photography aspect of a film, the importance of a good dialogue... 

So you can imagine me at 15 [years old] hanging out with a friend and saying: hey! Did you just see how long did this sequence make with no camera cuts?! And my friend just saying: What the f* are you talking about and what’s this ReservoirDogs old shit? [laughs].

So, yes, films for me are always a good source of inspiration. I can always catch a detail, see a camera shot that looks interesting, a texture, an atmosphere, etc.

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Kyle Heise

Born and raised in the East Bay of California. He has studied and worked on three continents and lived in eight countries. Kyle resides in San Francisco. He holds bags mostly in ETH, CRO, CAKE, and BSC meme projects.

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