From Vintage Mozart to Diana Sinclair, These 6 NFT Artists Need to Be On Your Radar
From Vintage Mozart to James Owen, these are the NFT artists to have on your radar.
NFTs are everywhere lately and as they usher in a new paradigm for creativity, they also present new opportunities for artists. They have become the latest “flex,” with everyone from Mike Tyson to Snoop Dogg getting in on the action.
We know that “our culture” moves global culture. As such, there is a digital renaissance happening in Web 3.0 with a global collective of Black artists at the forefront. If you pay attention to the popular narrative, however, you’d be inclined to think that there are no people of color in the NFT space.
And you’d be wrong.
There is a burgeoning community of Black artists in NFTs that are thriving and innovating while moving the culture forward. We’re highlighting a few below.
James Owen, “Xavier 4156” (2021) PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES OWEN
PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES OWEN
James Owen is a British artist who worked for big consumer brands before finding his way to NFTs. In his work, he explores themes of personal connection and nonverbal communication.
Diana Sinclair, “I Am the Black Gold of the Sun” (2020, photograph) PHOTO COURTESY OF DIANA SINCLAIR
Diana Sinclair is a 17-year-old phenom who calls herself an “artivist.” Sinclair entered the space earlier this year and has been blazing a trail for others to follow ever since. She works with photography and film and recently coordinated the immensely popular Digital Diaspora show featuring 23 Black artists.
Latashá, “Glo Up Remix-Visual” (2021) PHOTO COURTESY OF LATASHÁ
While many musical artists are still finding their way to NFTs, Latashá is carving out a lane all her own. The N.Y. native mints her raps and poetry creating what can only be described as multimedia soundscapes that have made her the top-selling indie rap artist on the blockchain.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDA DOUNIA
Linda Dounia, “Trust” (2021) PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDA DOUNIA
Linda Dounia is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and writer from Dakar, Senegal. She shares her and her community’s experience of modernity and raises questions about the impact of technology on society. She works in AI art, ink, pixel art, and digital painting.
Vintage Mozart, “Rudo Rwaamai [Mothers Love]” (2021) PHOTO COURTESY OF VINTAGE MOZART
PHOTO COURTESY OF VINTAGE MOZART
Vintage Mozart is a Zimbabwean Afrofuturist who investigates themes of African and Greek mythologies in his work. Best known for producing surrealist digital collages, he creates deeply immersive pieces that feature music and animation.
Andre Oshea, “Me & My Friends” (2021) PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDRE OSHEA
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDRE OSHEA
Andre Oshea is a 3D generalist and animator from Atlanta. He has worked on various projects for clients including Adult Swim, Snapchat, Tidal, John Legend, and Netflix. Since joining the NFT space in February, Oshea has sold 59 NFTs. His work conjures surreal and futuristic themes while providing an escape from reality for those who want to build a new future.
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