M0NA Artist Spotlight #1 Nekro

Artist: Nekro
Country: Spain
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Super Rare

The Artist

Nekro has been an artist for 15 years focusing on fantasy art and has worked with some of the best companies and brands in his field. For example some companies are: Magic The Gathering, Konami, Sony, Fox, Marvel, DC, Warner, Bandai and Square Enix to name a few.

Below you will find one his commissioned pieces, a licensed Witcher 3 piece called “Linked By Destiny” made for Cook and Becker.

Linked By Destiny by Nekro (200 limited edition)

Another commissioned piece was also made for the fine art dealership, Cook and Becker. This was one was based on the video game Dark Souls (also licensed) and is called “Artorias of the Abyss”.

Artorias of the Abyss by Nekro (200 limited edition)

The Work

What peaked my interest and captivated me on Nekro’s work firstly was the detail and attention to it. The amount of work and time that goes into his pieces is massive. Below is an example of the final form and how it is assembled through countless pieces. Sphinx Rider:

Sphinx Rider deconstructed
Fine details on Sphinx Rider

The details on all his pieces are borderline scary!

Secondly the theme behind all his pieces on the surface is fantasy mixed with darkness and possibly death but it goes deeper than that. You can feel the “unholy” vibe emitting from his pieces. His pieces remind me of a “dark” religion or cult in a fantasy world or universe. Statues and sculptures that could easily be found in chapels or “unholy” grounds.

Gorgon 2
Rara Avis

Thirdly he is trying to express destruction through creation, hidden in the fine details. This can be observed in his NFT genesis piece covered below.

NFT Debut

Nekro is an artist I have been keeping tabs on for months and was hoping he got into NFTs had his debut on Super Rare last week (March 12th 2021). The piece “The Alchemist” (part of a competition organized by artist Billelis, as seen from the golden skull on the artwork) saw a great bidding war that started from just 0.5 ETH ($910) and ended at 17 ETH ($29,480) with mystery collector Chimera420 winning the piece. A very strong debut in the NFT space by Nekro.

The genesis piece “The Alchemist” on Super Rare
Fun fact, this piece is made out of 700 individual pieces.

Nekro has dropped his second ever NFT on Super Rare as well called “Piety” which has already generated some traction, with the highest bid at 4 ETH (at the time of writing this post). Another masterpiece in my opinion.

The second ever NFT “Piety” on Super Rare
How Nekro “sees” this piece

Conclusion

In my humble opinion Nekro is a “sleeper” artist who even though has a very big social media following (retail following) does not have a big NFT fan base established yet. As more of his artwork is minted and more big collectors become aware of his work he will start being recognized as one of the most skillful in the scene. I can’t wait to see him grow and evolve in the NFT space.

P.S. his physical art game is on point:

Cryptocurrency investor and NFT hoarder/curator.

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