Next Up: Richard Nadler Explores Memories of Japan in Generative Art

BY Matt Medved

January 25, 2024

If you’re an active participant in the Tezos generative art ecosystem, you’re likely familiar with Richard Nadler.

The Austrian artist’s creative journey is deeply rooted in his fascination with Japanese culture, a passion nurtured through frequent travels to Japan with his late father during his working tenure there. This influence is vividly captured in his popular Japanese GenArt Collection on Tezos, which helped bring Nadler’s work to a wider audience. Since then, he has branched out to Ethereum, successfully releasing his “Izanami Islands” collection on Verse and featuring as an artist at the upcoming Bright Moments Paris edition.

Spanning generative and AI art, Nadler’s techniques are diverse and modern, encompassing latent diffusion, GAN (Generative Adversarial Networks), and various code-based methodologies. In addition to being a prolific creator and collector, Nadler has also applied his talents to the wine world as a sommelier.

Every week, nft now’s Next Up unveils a new artist from our curated list of ascendant talents who have been making significant waves throughout Web3. This week, our spotlight turns to Richard Nadler.

Credit: Richard Nadler

nft now: How did you first become interested/involved in digital art?

Richard Nadler: First of all, my whole family was always pretty interested in art; therefore, I was always surrounded by art in my daily life. My grandfather, who was a painter, created amazing artworks with coal during the period of World War II. My father, driven by his passion, collected African art and traveled almost the entire African continent. Additionally, my mother painted as a hobby and always invited me to join her during her painting sessions. I first became involved in digital art in 2021 when my friend Daniel Liebert invited me to discover the Tezos blockchain/art scene. Suddenly, I got infected by the art virus and started collecting NFTs on Tezos. Until now, I have collected more than 22,000 NFTs, and my collection is still growing. After some time of seeing this unbelievably good art on a daily basis, I decided to learn more about ways to create my own art and be able to express my artistic needs and desires.

“I would describe my art as a unique visual reflection of the memories that come to mind when thinking back to the trips across Japan that I took with my father.”

RICHARD NADLER

How would you describe your art? Where do you usually find inspiration?

I would describe my art as a unique visual reflection of the memories that come to mind when thinking back to the trips across Japan that I took with my father. To delve a bit deeper into the question of why an Austrian is creating Japanese-related art, my father has worked in Japan since I was a little child, and I visited him whenever I had the chance. He was my best friend, teacher, and meant the world to me. Unfortunately, he passed away when I was 18. I decided to channel all my wonderful memories of the time with my father into my art. I am deeply emotionally connected with my art, and it should convey that as well. Why do I use this embroidery style in my art? Everything becomes much more tactile with this style, making viewers almost feel the need to touch the display while looking at my art. I simply love that style, which is the reason why I’ve chosen it for my art.

Credit: Richard Nadler

What’s your process like?

I have worked on a specially trained and customized AI model over the last few years. For every new series, the data training has to be done from scratch. I can train the model based on text and pictures. For my two series that I released in 2023, “Yamabushi’s Horizons” has been trained based on books/stories about the Japanese landscape and pictures that I took myself, for example.

“Establishing and growing a supportive community is crucial for success, but it can be challenging for rising artists to engage and build a following in the decentralized web3 environment.”

RICHARD NADLER

What are the biggest challenges facing rising artists in web3?

Supply and demand of created art. Often, new artists overmint their art and bring new works to the market daily, which could definitely affect the price and level of demand on the collector’s side.

Also community building. Establishing and growing a supportive community is crucial for success, but it can be challenging for rising artists to engage and build a following in the decentralized web3 environment.

Credit: Richard Nadler

What advice do you have for rising artists in this space?

Find your own unique way to express your creative story. Try different technical approaches to create your art and walk off the beaten paths. Never stop believing in yourself.

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