Bulldog NFT Artist Interview #4 : Fabiano Speziari

About Fabiano

Fabiano Speziari is an OG crypto artist who started doing NFTs in 2018. He shares with us the story behind his iconic artworks, tips to deal with the bear market, how he uses social media and much more!

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About Bulldog

Bulldog is a tech company building tools for NFT creators to create outstanding experiences for their collectors. In these interviews our goal is to share the story of established NFT artists to inspire and give tips to other creators.

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Good morning Fabiano! Can you introduce yourself?

Hello and thank you for proposing me to participate in this interview. I introduce myself. My name is Fabiano Speziari and I am an Italian artist. My journey as an artist starts from traditional art and ends in digital art in 2018.

Can you describe your art style? How has it evolved over time?

I studied design at university and my visual culture was built on the forms of design, especially those of the Bauhaus and rationalism. Another influence in my work comes from cartoons like the simpsons and popart. In recent years, before getting to digital art, I have experimented with different techniques: painting, sculpture, toy art, land art. I have made and still make several light sculptures that are a cross between art and design. As I have already mentioned, since September two thousand and eighteen I have been working in the world of Cryptoart, where I am present on some of the most important platforms.

My style has always been very colorful and close to comics and cartoons, creating my works with a simple and colorful style. My first paintings were very similar to comics and I used spot colors and hard shadows, things I continue to do now using pixelart which allows me to work this way. Now in my works I always use this style and I think that it is enough to look at a few to recognize it. Over time I am trying to define my style more and more in order to be more easily recognizable. Having a well-defined style I think is essential for an artist who wants to live through art.

What techniques do you use to make your art? (mechanical tools, softwares… )

The technique I use the most is that of Pixelart. This allows me to work only with Photoshop and After effects to mount the animations. Every now and then I use Illustrator to create the base for the colorful guests.

Can you tell us about 3 pieces that best describe your work?

My main work at the moment is based on the creation of Clods followed by the Colorful guests and the digital Monoliths.

Clods are small parts of our planet. The earth has been destroyed, exploited by human greed. So we are left with a multitude of these lumps of earth, debris floating the void. Inhabitants of these Clods are fortuitous. They are the survivors of destruction who find a clod and try to rebuild a new life. There are various kinds of Clods: the quasi-anarchic ones, where everyone lives their life without caring about others, and the controlled ones where it is never clear who the person in charge might be. While the clods seem to have a comical look, they are not. One should always try to go beyond the first reading. With the Clod I investigate the human soul with its deviations, its quirks and its antics. It is important, when looking at a Clod, to observe it thoroughly to grasp its nuances. 

It is not easy for me to say which ones represent me best, in every job I always try to add something and evolve. If I have to put some important points, however, I would start from clod 951 which was the first of the kind of the building high above the piece of land. Made in isometric and with the animation of the various characters. From here I started to create various buildings and to animate their inhabitants trying to investigate human oddities.

Then I would mention one of the last facts which is 216 and is a generative clod minted on async. In this I analyze the interiors of one of these houses and investigate various human aspects, even difficult ones, such as loneliness, depression, domestic violence with the lightness of pixelart. I try to make people think how sometimes we don’t care about our surroundings, but things happen next to us that we don’t even imagine.

Colorful guests 446 – The seller of broken NFTs

Colorful guests is a series in which characters and colored details are inserted on old color photos. The photos are mainly from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The idea is to generate the contrast between black / white and color. Color is the unusual inserted into something usual. There are two basic principles of these works. The first is the possibility of reusing old abandoned images found in flea markets, giving them a new life. The second is to see what it would be like to review our past, but with living beings different from us, who however wear the same clothes as us and who live in our same environments. A sort of reflection on diversity that is often frightening. Those who live differently from us are not necessarily the enemy or the person to be avoided.

Monoliths are kind of monuments or votive structures that it is not known who built them. They are scattered around my open world of clods. Sometimes they represent in a graphic way the impalpable world of data, in the face they are something enigmatic, like a stele left by someone on a clod. They live and move in a continuous loop.

I would mention one of the first monoliths built, 311 . This represents the beginning of a new series of works, which I was already doing on paper and canvas, but were not animated. Working in the digital world has allowed me to evolve and give life to my works.

How did you enter the blockchain / NFT space ?

I entered the crypto world in 2018 after reading a Hackatao article about this world. I got interested and immediately decided to try this new experience. In September 2108 I finished my first work on knownorigin and from there I never stopped.

Do you use blockchains other than Ethereum? If yes, which one and what do you like on those?

I mainly use the Ethereum blockchain. I use it because it is the one where I have always done everything from the beginning and I have always felt comfortable. There were times when the gas was very high, but it never discouraged me. I use tezos from time to time, which I think is a very interesting block chain and certainly interesting for the future.

Which NFT marketplaces do you use? Why?

I mostly use superrare, knownorigin and async. Then sometimes I use other platforms, but sporadically. I use these platforms because each one has its own specific characteristic: overcoming to publish works one by one. Knownorigins for editions and async for programmable art and generative art.

I think that the various platforms have different characteristics and each artist can find the one that’s right for him.

Do you add “utility” to your NFTs? (for example, “own token X to get Token Y,” Burn token X to get token Y…)

No I’m not much to add utilities to my jobs. I think the main utility is the work I create and the meaning it conveys. Maybe the time will come when I will create something similar, but there must be a particular reason. With this I do not say it is wrong to put utilities in your jobs, I just don’t feel the need for it. As a collector that I am, when I buy I am already happy to have the work of an artist I like.

How do you connect with other Artists ?

Are you a member of Artists’ organizations, DAO … ? If yes, which ones?

I am not part of any organization or DAOs. I am only registered on some groups on telegram or discord in which I read the various messages and sometimes I participate in discussions, but nothing more.

Do you make collaborations with other artists?

I’ve done some collaborations with artists, but not a lot. I have to admit that maybe I wanted to do more.

The most important I made with a Japanese artist called Miwa and recently with an Italian programmer / musician called Andrew01.

I can show you the clod 319 made with Miwa, declined in the various seasons and with some animated characters.





And with andrew01 I made a couple of generative monoliths on fxhash in which we also included the music.



How do you manage the relationship with your collectors ?

 I often contact them to thank them directly. Instead in some cases I do not find their contact and thanks them via twitter in public. When I sell generative work, if many editions are sold all together I tend to publicly thank everyone with posts. I don’t follow a general rule, but I always try to establish a minimum of contact.

Do you share your work in shilling threads ?

It depends on where I shill. I never shill on twitter posts like: I have to spend an eth shill here for your work. I don’t think it’s useful. I often shill in the various telegram or discord channels set up for this.

Do you send your work directly to big collectors ?

I never send works directly to collectors for no reason, I find it not very polite. Sometimes I give some works as a gift, but always as a thank you for something that has been done or to my collectors who follow me particularly.

How often do you tweet ?

I don’t have a specific rule for my tweets, I like to go a little bit how I feel. I almost always do the post of GM and GN, in the morning and in the evening. During the day I present some of my work or some work in progress and sometimes I try to retweet.

What are your next projects?

At the moment I am working on a work in collaboration with Andrew01. A musical and visual generative for async.

Basically I have to admit that I don’t plan my work much, or at least I try, but I often decide based on how I feel and what I like to do at that moment.

Many artists plan all their work, I decided to be an artist as a necessity and to be able to feel free to do what I want without following precise patterns.

Who are some of the artists who inspired you to join the NFT space or to think of your art practice differently?

Here it is difficult. Not because I don’t know good artists, but to not hurt anyone. Or why I will say 3 and then others come to mind that I would have liked to recommend! On top of Hackatao mentioned previously who made me join the space, I would say :

Many thanks to Fabiano for taking the time to share with us his story and tips for other artists. Thanks to you readers for finishing this interview 💪 You can check our others artists interviews on Youtube

Clément @Bulldog

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