Gabriel de Melo Quadros created his Instagram dedicating himself to digital art almost two years ago. He has always been interested in art since he was a child when he spent more time drawing than playing outside with friends.
His pseudonym, The Mist, refers to winter and autumn, when dense fogs cover the city where he lives, leaving him inspired to create. It is also an abbreviation for ”The Mystery”, which is an element always present in his art, in addition to the depth presented by each piece.
We had a chat about what inspires him and his thoughts on art!
What role has the NFT space played in bringing your art to life?
In general, I’ve gotten good visibility with the growth of NFTs. I have always made art, since childhood I was already drawing. Only recently I became interested in digital art, so the opportunities and visibility in the NFT space have changed a little how I understand art today.
What have you noticed or experienced in the NFT space? Has it influenced the way you create your art?
Generally, no. NFTs have only changed the way I publicize my art. When it comes to creating, I cling to the inspirations that have always moved me. These include my passion for films and graphic novels, or my own imagination when it comes to more personal creations.
Is there anything else in the NFT industry that you would like to try in the future?
I aim to experience the interaction and closeness to the public that enjoy NFTs. I love the idea of creating interactive works of art that respond differently to interactions with collectors and change shape with each touch, evolving in new directions each time. I think this creates an opportunity for artists and their communities’ to build a connection or rapport over time. My collectors will understand better what I am trying to do and they will experience joy knowing that each piece of art they consume will get them differently. Art is an excellent form of communication and NFTs allow that communication to be heard a lot wider and faster than traditional forms. It’s a beautiful thing.
Based on your NFT experience (so far), do you see your artwork changing in the future?
Most definitely. I believe so for the reason I mentioned in the previous answer. I need to change certain styles of my art. I’d like to infuse my art with 3D elements. I fully intend to invest in that soon so I can delve into it but in general I maintain the same aspects in my art and I will always maintain the same depth to my works.
Your art name is “The Mist”. Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process?
I’ve always had something in my personality where I want to put deep meaning into everything I do. This includes my pseudonym “The Mist”. When I created my Instagram to promote my art, I tried to think of a name that combines different aspects that inspire me. I love the fog. I love when the weather is cold and cloudy and dense mist covers the trees and the city. There’s a mystery in that which intrigues me and inspires me to create. I was also thinking about mystery when I came up with that name. I think using that as an example, you can see a lot about my personality.
I try to look for some profound idea to base my works on in each piece. Some are a little bit simpler but most of my work has a deep meaning to me. I always try to link my work to some movie, TV series or book that has been on my mind at the time I was working on each piece. The little references will be good Easter eggs for my true supporters as time goes on.