The next instalment of our Meet The Artist series is with an artist I only recently discovered, Zachary Mojica otherwise known as The Heartist Artist.
Zachary’s art is something that resonated with me almost instantly and the images in this post are from my collection (not the main header image). You can find artwork by Zachary on Artano.
If you missed any of our previous Meet the Artist Q&A’s you can find them all here.
Why don’t you introduce yourself?
Hello! My name is Zachary.
I’m a psychiatric nurse gone artist! I love to create art and my favorite food is spaghetti.
What is your art background? What got you started?
I have been drawing ever seen I was able to hold a pencil. In class, out of class, all the time. Growing up my favorite medium was graphite, as it was easily accessible throughout all my early schooling. Had it been a paint brush, I might have been a painter!
But graphite is what I fell in love with and hold close to my heart to this day. Since then I have ventured into many mediums, including watercolor, pan pastels, ink, acrylic and digital.
So there it is, I’m simply the kid who never stopped drawing.
What attracted you to blockchain and NFTs?
I’m a big fan of technology (I’m a nerd), so when I heard that people were infusing crypto with art, it blew my mind. To be honest I avoided it for a long time, simply because I was uncertain if I would be able to juggle learning NFTs and performing my duties as a nurse.
Fortunate enough, I met a couple that was able to introduce me to the Cardano blockchain, providing knowledge and guidance along the way…I have been hooked ever since.
What NFT projects have you worked on? Any plans to work with others?
I have not worked directly along side any projects as of yet, but I’m open to new ideas in the future.. I do think working with another artist of 1/1s would be fun, especially if it were a legitimate collaboration of artistic style and creative vision!
There are still a lot of artists that are hesitant to get involved with NFTs. There is a lot of fud around, calling NFTs scams etc. What would you say to an artist who was perhaps on the fence about getting involved with NFTs?
I would tell them to do their own research and to jump in already! I would tell them that they can do BOTH. Nobody said you have to do one or the other. I would tell them that digital art is now as verifiable as any, and that we should be embracing it.
Why did you choose Cardano to launch your NFTs over other blockchains?
I kind of got adopted into Cardano, however I did do my own research. And when I did, everything checked out, so I kind of just went for it!
I have zero regrets.
If you could work on a collaboration with any other NFT artist, who would it be?
I’m not too sure! Many of us come from different backgrounds so the mediums would have to be somewhat transferable! I think working along side another dark artist would be nice.
Do you collect NFTs too? If so, what is your favourite?
I have only just begun to collect NFTs!
My first two NFTs were by acidica and were two soundtracks. Music as an NFT! How cool. I loved it. I am looking forward to collecting more NFTs from some of my favorite artists.
Many thanks to Zachary Mojica for taking the time to answer our questions.
Make sure to follow the artist on Twitter for more information on upcoming works.