Frank Wilder

Frank Wilder Interview: Banksy of the Metaverse

What got you interested in art? 

My parents were jewelers so I was fortunate to get into art and jewelry making at a young age. Along my journey I have been lucky enough to study some of the greats around the world. Getting the chance to visit many of my idols studios on my journey.

Why did you start creating art?

I started creating art through making Totems. Coming from a lineage of Jewelers I was taught lost wax casting in my teens. After moving to San Francisco in my early 20’s I started to explore the intersection of art and technology. This led me to incorporate 3D printing in my artistic practice, in turn pioneering a technique merging 3D printing and loss wax casting. 

What kind of program do you use to make your art?

I use many tools including Zbrush, Cinema 4D, Octane, Unreal Engine, Character Creator, Marvelous designer, Adobe suite and Ableton to name a few.

How long does it take you to finish a piece?

Every creation is different, a lot of time, energy and love goes into each and every piece that I make. Sometimes they can come together seamlessly in a few days, others can span several weeks depending on complexity.

Tell us about your next NFT drop!

I have been working behind closed doors for a long time on this next drop. Mark it on your calendar as this will be my biggest and most extensive drop to date! It’s called… The DeFiant Ones.

When is happening? Where can people go to buy it?

My next drop will be happening Wednesday, February 24 at 10am PST on http://DONTBUYMEME.com.

How did you find out about the NFT space?

I was introduced to the NFT space in 2018 by none other than Medici Wilder. He commissioned me to create a Physical backed NFT for auction at the Ethereal summit. The collection was called “Cash is Dead” and featured my Dead Benji sculpture that was 3D printed in fully recycled cornstarch polymer.

I have also been Minting and Selling NFTs more recently through our platform Wilder World and Makersplace.

What excites you most about selling your work as NFTs?

What most excited me about selling NFTs is that the traditional systems of selling art are very exclusive giving all of the power and value to a small group of collectors. With NFTs the tables are turning allowing art to be more evenly distributed, giving the people their power back. It’s also given digital artists a much deserved framework to operate within that will allow the medium to get creditiblity. I truly believe we are living in the cyber renaissance and I am honored to be a part of the movement.

What is your favorite artist of all time?

Some of my favorite artists include; Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Da Vinci, Kanye, Daft Punk and Banksy to name a few.

Any collaborations with other artists? Musicians, Dj’s?

Some of my notable clients include; Justin Bieber, Kevin Durant and Alicia Keys. 

Which other artists are you keeping an eye on and why?

Keeping an eye on newcomers to the digital space, observing the trends of musicians and influencers getting into the NFT game. This brings a great deal of public adoption and is good for the space as a whole.

Holding Ethereum; or do you cash out once you receive the money of the sale? Are you holding Bitcoin?

HODL always.

Where do you see the CryptoArt space in a year’s time?

TO THE MOON 🚀📈

What advice do you have for artists starting in cryptoart?

Strategy is key, build a strong personal brand that allows you to separate yourself from the rest. Have fun and say something with your work. I see a lot of talent out there but few people attribute real meaning to their works. Stay consistent and live Wilder!

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