Artist title: Justin Aversano
Location: Los Angeles
Date minted first NFT: Feb. 15, 2021
Which blockchains? Ethereum


Unintentionally, the therapeutic means of shedding his twin sister at beginning sparked Justin Aversano’s profession to change into the poster youngster for NFT pictures. His most well-known assortment, “Twin Flames,” has 5,900 ETH in whole gross sales quantity on OpenSea and a number of million-dollar gross sales, together with one auctioned at Christie’s. 

A multidisciplinary artist with an awesome eye and fervour for pictures, Aversano’s journey into NFTs began with a visit to Peru to work with native shamans to attempt to recover from an habit and melancholy. It was on that journey that he began to heal and located a spark that might change into the preliminary concept for his iconic assortment. 

“I by no means questioned that I used to be an artist, however you already know the sensation inside while you’re grappling with anger, melancholy, unhappiness and grief. I used to be seeking to outgrow the grief and change into complete. In San Pedro, there was a ceremony run by twins. It actually opened my coronary heart to connecting with my twin, who handed throughout my mother’s being pregnant. It felt like opening Pandora’s field. I keep in mind pondering, ‘Okay, there’s one thing there, and I must work on it.’” 

Just a few months faraway from San Pedro, Aversano was at an exhibition and photographed a pair of twins who got here to his artwork present. That evening, he knew he was able to tackle this new mission spotlighting twins. 

“I simply began with these twins that evening. They then launched me to different twins. It grew to become a complete domino impact of connecting with twins. Understanding the sensation of what it could have been wish to have a twin and honoring my twin, and likewise my mom, as a result of I really feel like shedding my twin was additionally a part of shedding my mother and her getting ovarian most cancers,” he says.

“There are such a lot of completely different parts, and a number of my artwork is for my mother, my household and honoring ancestors. I prefer it while you’re working in therapeutic,” Aversano shares. 

Regardless of placing collectively the Twin Flames mission in a standard sense, together with a e book and an exhibition highlighting the work, it wasn’t till Aversano found NFTs that issues obtained loopy. 

“One other two years handed by. I had the Twin Flames mission on my web site and Instagram, however then I found NFTs. I didn’t see different pictures initiatives on-line. I minted Twin Flames, and the subsequent day it offered out — and adjusted my life.” 

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Now, simply two years from his first mint, Aversano —who is taken into account by most to be on the prime of the NFT pictures meals chain — has amassed over 8,100 ETH in gross sales quantity on OpenSea alone.

Aversano can be carrying the torch for budding photographers who need to pivot their inventive endeavors to the world of NFTs with Quantum Artwork, a platform targeted on curating and dropping NFT collections launched in September 2021, with a selected concentrate on pictures NFTs.

“With Quantum, I’ve stated this from the start: I would like it to be what Artwork Blocks is for generative artwork. I’ve a lot respect for Erick (Snowfro) with what he has completed with Artwork Blocks, and we wish the identical for pictures. There’s a lot respect for generative artwork, and I can perceive that as a result of everybody’s laptop native. I’d like to see pictures get its heyday as a result of it’s all the time been the underdog,” Aversano states. 

Notable gross sales:

Twin Flames #49. Alyson and Courtney Aliano: Offered for 888 ETH ($3.7 million on the time) on Nov. 23, 2021, making it the eighth costliest {photograph} ever offered. Bought by way of PartyBid.

Twin Flames #49. Alyson and Courtney Aliano

Twin Flames #83. Bahaeeh and Farzaneh: Offered for $1.1 million on Oct. 6, 2021 at Christie’s.

Twin Flames #82. Bahaeeh and Farzaneh

Twin Flames #2. Jessica and Joyce Gayo: Offered for 207 ETH ($959,027) on Nov. 10, 2021.

Twin Flames #2. Jessica and Joyce Gayo

Twin Flames #1. Ali and Gilli Glatt: Offered for 200 ETH ($686,696) on Sept. 7, 2021.

Twin Flames #1. Ali and Gilli Glatt


Aversano cites the affect of photographers like Irving Penn, David LaChapelle, Diane Arbus, Vivian Maier and Robert Frank, in addition to painters like Alex Grey and Dustin Yellin. 

He’s impressed by all NFT photographers however offers a particular shout-out to Beeple: “That man is the largest affect on everybody!”

Beeple Everydays: Bull Run Day #4951 from Nov. 19, 2020
Beeple’s Everydays: Bull Run, Day #4951 from Nov. 19, 2020. Supply: OpenSea

Aversano additionally highlights the affect of distinguished NFT persona Gmoney on his rise to NFT stardom. 

“When it comes to collectors, Gmoney was one of many largest influences on my life. We spoke a bit, and I requested him if he was spending $250,000 on a monkey JPG, would he purchase actual artwork? He stated to me he’d fairly purchase NFTs. He helped me by speaking to Flamingo DAO and the CryptoPunks group. All of them supported me with my NFT drops,” he says. 

Which artist ought to we be being attentive to? 

In regard to different artists within the house catching his consideration, Aversano notes IX Shells, a sound and visible artist whose piece Bend was lately acquired by the Buffalo AKG Artwork Museum: “She’s considered one of my favourite artists. She’s cool as an individual and artist.”

He additionally notes Summer season Wagner, a photographer primarily based out of Rockford, Illinois.

In The Fullness of Time, Foundation, by IX Shells
In The Fullness of Time by IX Shells. Supply: Twitter

Course of and private model:

Speaking about how his paintings develops over time, Aversano says, “Each mission I’ve been fascinated about has been thought of for years. There’s nothing I’ve created and considered minting an NFT the subsequent day. I’ve been engaged on these main initiatives for years, and it hasn’t existed within the artwork world as I needed it to.”

Smoke and Mirrors #78 featuring two pairs of twins: Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, and Duncan and Griffin Cock Foster
Smoke and Mirrors #78, that includes two pairs of twins: Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and Duncan and Griffin Cock Foster. Supply: OpenSea

“That is the most effective time in my life as an artist of this period — for the whole lot that I create to be an NFT. I see a number of different artists who’ve careers which are older than mine, and so they’re stepping into NFTs, and never all their stuff is on the blockchain. That is the right time for me as an artist to have all my artwork on the blockchain from the start.”

“I typically take into consideration minting artwork as NFTs like hand printing on historic scrolls on the blockchain. It brings the previous, current and future collectively in a particular means, and you’ll dwell in your digital gallery in your individual house,” he concludes.

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Greg Oakford

Greg Oakford

Greg Oakford is the co-founder of NFT Fest Australia. A former advertising and communications specialist within the sports activities world, Greg now focuses his time on operating occasions, creating content material and consulting in web3. He’s an avid NFT collector and hosts a weekly podcast protecting all issues NFTs.


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