Emre is one of the most important artists in the space. Having been featured on TED and combining both physical and digital sculptures into something new, his art pushed the limit of the current medium. Highly unique and recognizable, Emre is about to release Mighty Hercules. A new collection that launches June 13th. 2022.
Emre, born 19.01.1981 in Istanbul. Turkish graphic designer, sculpture artist. Graduated from Academia Italiana Fine Art School in Florence, received his B.A. from Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty of graphic arts and received his M.A. from Yeditepe University of visual communication design and graphic arts. After scholarship, he became co-founder of LEMONADE “Refreshing Ideas” advertisement agency as the chief art director. After his advertising career for last 5 years and present he is active globally in art stages with his genuine Hercules series. He participated international art fairs, museum appearances and made some personal exhibitions. His art is shown and become the part some important art collections in Istanbul, London, Paris, Courchevel, Cannes, Luxembourg, New York, Miami, Rome, Bologna, Honfleur, St. Paul de Vance, Monaco, Spa. Re-creating Hercules in our daily modern life and giving a contemporary form, the artist is representing by the French Gallery, Les Galleries Bartoux for 2 years.
This is our interview
Where are you from?
Born, raised, educated, and creating here in Istanbul Turkey.
Can you tell us about your background and what lead you down the path to becoming an artist
I am a fine art university graduated graphic designer, old advertiser who sculpts and loves the freedom of NFT. My passion is to create NFTs as if I’m producing physicals.
I feel as if I can be a hybrid artist, both physically and digitally. My skills connect fine art and I feel that I can connect bridges with the traditional art world and the NFT. It’s always fun and challenging to create a project with both physical and digital end.
did you mint your first NFT? What platform did you choose and why?
I minted March 2021 on Foundation. Foundation started as a Artist invited platform and looked a lot more looked more curated at that time.
Can you tell us one thing you cannot live without? (and why)
I can’t live without creating visual things. My entire life I have been engaged in art and always searching for something new to create.
Who is your favourite NFT artist? What makes this artist unique?
I love Raf Grasetti. I love his visual vision. Someday I would love to collab with him both digitally and physically.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go? Why this location?
I am travelling a lot so it shouldn’t be a place which you can just take a plane and go. So I would say moon to watch the earth.
What are your other passions besides art? Why?
I have a band, creating music.
I am sportsman, playing tennis, football.
How did you come up with your specific style?
The idea behind Mighty Hercules was loosing the mythology around him and putting him into our modern world. So I wonder how would be to see a God riding a motorcyle or boxing or smoking a cigar. Thats how my art born.