Zahra Paryari is a visual Artist with more than 10 years of experience. She started working with acrylic and oil Color physically at fine art university and graduated in 2017. Then she started to learn Adobe illustrator and Photoshop software. She has been a Full-time NFT creator since April 2021.
Name (Display name) ZII
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. However, there’s a cozy village lying in the foothills of Mount Karkas in Isfahan, where I feel I truly belong. But then again, I firmly believe that geographical zones do not necessarily define our identities.
Can you tell us about your background and what lead you down the path to becoming an artist and ultimately experimenting with NFTs?I was born in a family where art was loved by all. from a young age I discovered that I am gifted with the talent of drawing and soon afterward I started creating my own toys from scratch so It was natural that I chose to continue down the art path and I did so since my high school days and as you know it is still ongoing. After a depressive episode, I went on hiatus for a while but by chance, I was introduced to NFTs through a clubhouse room which encouraged me to get back on my feet.
When did you mint your first NFT? What platform did you choose and why?
I was a rookie so I did not have much information on platforms and such that’s why I went with the first one that was introduced to me which was Opensea. My first piece called ‘Horny Ink’ was minted in July 2021.
Can you tell us one thing you cannot live without? (and why)
Obviously, my answer would be art. Every artist gets self-satisfied through their work of art, and I am no exception. Art is what keeps me going, knowing that I’ll leave an impression on society.
Who is your favorite artist(s) (Non NFT)? What about their style resonates with you? Iavhave two on my favorites list: Hieronymus Bosch and Mohammad Siyah Qalam.Bosch is one of the first surreal artists that I came to know of. The way his mind carries out this magic-like performance in creating bizarre characters and hidden worlds is what drew me to him in the first place and you can see how I’m inspired by him. As for Siyah Qalam, I like how he combines the human dimension with that of the animal dimension.
Who is your favourite NFT artist? What makes this artist unique? What made you pursue NFT art? Alotta Money is one of my favorite artists. The way his
inspiration from classic art mixes into crypto art, resulting in a surreal environment, is what drew me to his work in the first place. As for why I got into NFT, experiencing new worlds has always been exciting for me but what hooked me was how the NFT space promoted free speech and was filled with kindhearted fellows. This allowed me to express myself freely.
What is the one piece of NFT art you wish you had purchased but missed out on?
Of course, there are many, but the one that I had my eyes on the most was Terrel Jones’s Mission Mojave.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why this location? Although I always dreamed of Venice for its fascinating architecture, I think NYC could provide me with better opportunities as an artist.
What are your other passions besides art? Why? Gaming is my other passion that rivals that of art. Trading crypto comes next.
Do you make other forms of art? Yes, my friends consider me a jack of all trades. I have almost set foot in all forms of art. I used to run a small shop in which I used to make leather bags. I experimented with performance art, SLR photography, paint making out of natural materials, printmaking, and papermaking.
How did you come up with your specific style? I think of it as something that rose from my unconscious mind. When I realized that it makes sense with the ideas that I had in mind, I decided to continue down this path.
How has your style evolved over the years?
I used to be a physical painter, working with canvas and all sorts of paint. Over the years, my love for the universe and the unknown grew more and on top of those matters, I studied classical art which, led me to create my Hidden Nuts collection. After I was introduced to digital painting I used all the skills I had acquired from prior experiences and with the help of various drawing softwares, create my NFTs.
What is coming in the near future? I like to keep future plans a surprise but I can say that for now, I’m planning to continue working on my Incantation collection.
If you could collaborate with one artist who would it be? I long to collaborate with Tjo.
Do you have any upcoming drops? My new drop will be in the middle of January and I’m happy to announce that it will be on the SuperRare platform.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m so proud to share this piece of me ”The birth of a wormhole“ in Pantheon art gallery, amazing collection of @artguy_eth
Where can collectors find your work?