Carlos de Andrade is a Brazilian art director, illustrator, and animator. He started as a crypto artist in 2021, as soon as he discovered the Hicetnunc platform. Carlos has a deep interest in surrealism and abstract art, and is always trying to learn new techniques to add to his work. You can find Carlos on Twitter: @deandradecarlos
I really like the classics, like Ernst, Dalí, Magrittè, Bacon, Raunschenberg, Tarsila do Amaral, and several others. In and out of surrealism. I never thought I would be able to do surrealistic things. And I think collage helped me a lot with that. By working with things that are ‘already made’ but rearranged, today I can put different elements and objects in contexts that I would have never imagined of.
Hi Carlos, nice to (digitally) meet you. Let’s start from the origins of your creative journey. When did you develop an interest in illustration, it’s more like a new thing or you always loved to draw, illustrate, do creative stuff?
I have always been interested in art, ever since I was a child. But I never really developed a style of my own, and I’ve grown out of it. A large part of my life I have dedicated myself to works that involved collage, all extremely manual and analog. Since I started working as an art director, I have better developed my digital techniques, and since then I have been involved with digital illustration and animation.
What are and were your main influences, your work has a surreal touch, so maybe Dalì, Ernst? Personally, I think there’s a lesser known artist, Phillip Guston, that has a somewhat similar style to yours.
I really like the classics, like Ernst, Dalí, Magrittè, Bacon, Raunschenberg, Tarsila do Amaral, and several others. In and out of surrealism. I never thought I would be able to do surrealistic things. And I think collage helped me a lot with that. By working with things that are ‘already made’ but rearranged, today I can put different elements and objects in contexts that I would have never imagined of. And all this is done in an organic way. Nothing is ‘pre-thought out’, the ideas emerge as the work is being made.
I’ve noticed that you employ a recurring color palette, where yellow, red, blue, black and white are dominant. Is there a special reason for that?
A somewhat simplistic answer, but no! This palette is the result of a series of experiments. If you see my old works, you will surely notice this mutation. These current colors are the ones I particularly liked in combination. But currently I am thinking of breaking this ‘rule’ and trying different things.
On your Twitter profile you’ve written “Crypto Artist”. When did you become interested in the Crypto world and NFTs?
I started in 2021 thanks to the invitation of a friend who introduced me to Hicetnunc. And it came at a good time, because until then I was creating art only for myself.
Aaand now, tough question: do you think the NFT space is promoting a new kind of art or is rather a new medium to showcase your art?
Certainly nft is a new kind of art. There are MANY talented people who are finally getting recognition for what they do. And being free to do what they want, not just following certain molds and often producing more of the same, which unfortunately is already a bit common in this crypto-art scene. I’m really happy to be a part of it. I can certainly say that it has already changed my life. It’s a motivation to always keep producing and especially to always keep learning.
Compared to the traditional art world, what do you think are the upsides of the NFT art world? And what are the downsides?
As positive points I’d say the possibility for artists of being autonomous, the HUGE variety and different types of art we can consume (the vast majority for ‘affordable’ amounts), and consequently the chance to meet artists that analogically (in real life, so to speak) would be very difficult to access.
On the flip side, much, or most, of this universe is still very restrictive for many people. Some platforms still use monetary schemes that are definitely not accessible to most people. Artists and collectors. And on that point cryptoart comes very close to the art market that exists outside of blockchains.
Do you think that the NFT standard has helped artists to get freedom and become more autonomous?
Absolutely. And I say this as someone with first-hand experience. Until a few days ago, I was working two day jobs to support myself. With NFTs, I was able to quit one of them to have more time to focus on doing what I love: my own art.
I work in design, and here in Brazil, the salaries for designers are extremely low and the workload is excessively high (and extremely frustrating). It is great to have this choice and I want to bring more people into it.
Before entering the NFT art world, you were already selling your art or you started doing it thanks to NFT marketplaces?
Here in my town, from time to time I’ve organized art shows and fairs with my friends. Sometimes, with a lot of effort, I managed to sell something, yet people always complained about the price (which, by the way, was not expensive at all, and the art was all physical!).
Being a Brazilian artist, what do you think about the state of digital art in Brazil? There’s a lot of experimentation?
Brazil is full of talented people. And NFT here is growing and growing fast. We have some chat groups on Twitter and the production is intense! Every day you get a new batch of great work, in the most varied forms.
What are your expectations for the end of this year and next year? How would you like NFTs to evolve?
I really don’t know what to expect. One thing is for sure, I will keep producing and always try to improve my work. What I hope is that more and more artists will join in.
Last question, favorite movie, comic, book?
There is so much there that I can’t name a few!
But one book that really got to me and I like to revisit it from time to time is “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.
I like the images it provokes in me. It is kind of cliché to say this, but I have a fond relationship with all the pieces I collect.
If I collect it, it is because I really like it.