1. What personality traits help an artist to make art, and which ones hinder?

Probably, one of the most important qualities, in addition to creativity, is the ability to listen to yourself in our fast and variable world. It is also very important to be able to work with people — there are many ways for a contemporary artist to realize themselves and promote their ideas. What qualities get in the way... I sometimes get in the way of lack of system and impatience.

2. What is your favorite activity besides art?

I love beauty in all its manifestations. Architecture, music, people with inner beauty... Now the most beautiful thing for me is life itself. The peaceful sky over our country and our city showed us this. After such soul-searching, many things seem unimportant, just noise. It remains to concentrate only on real and significant things.

"Art for money at the beginning of the journey was a year-long «event»: then I did what the audience liked, and not what was important to me."

3. Did you have a situation in your life that influenced your creativity positively/negatively? Or has it changed the way you think about what you do?

Such situations, or rather, events, periodically arise. I have worked in advertising in the past. The task was to anticipate market trends and come up with working campaigns. When I started to realize myself as a designer, I followed the path of trends and created for the sake of money. The audience liked our «art», but we didn't. Now I have learned to listen to myself and create, first of all, what excites me and seems important to me.

4. Who would you like to talk to from the personalities who have ever lived or are living now? Why with this person?

With many of them! For example, with Virgil Abloh, who passed away last year. Absolutely brilliant and multifaceted personality.

5. How does your art change the world, the cultural component, yourself?

I like the approach of Jeff Orlowski, creator of «The Social Dilemma», «Chasing Glaciers», and «Chasing Coral» (which I recommend). Jeff is able to draw attention to important issues in a very understandable visual language for most people.

We also focus on the visual part and on the availability of the concept/idea to a wide audience. Since the end of February, we have created a number of charitable NFTs and sold them for a little over $10,000. The money was sent to humanitarian aid.

6. What do you think about the future of contemporary art?

Art in its functions is similar to the blockchain. It stores the thoughts, moods and cultures of entire epochs — they cannot be erased or removed, because this is an important part of the DNA of humanity. I'm sure everything will stay that way. And Web3 will help a lot with this.

"As we affect the world, the world affects us. This is a continuous process of energy exchange."

7. What do you think about the rapidly growing NFT? Tell us about your NFT projects.

In March of this year, we made a record sale of NFT art on the «Makers Place». Perhaps we are at the origins of a completely new world, and NFT as a phenomenon is the first clear signal for this.

People need time to get used to the new reality, but gradually, with the development of the metaverse and the global digitization of everything that can be digitized, this technology will be widely used in many areas.

8. What is the most valuable thing for you: in the world, in life, in creativity?

In life — life itself, its versatility and variability.

In creativity — the ability to talk about complex things in simple terms. The ability to influence through an aesthetically designed idea.