Artur Gadzhiev, digital artist from Russia. Photo © Courtesy of the artist
1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.
I am an engineer by education, but already in my last year of study I realized that I was interested in 3D graphics. I graduated from the Moscow Film School of Computer Graphics. I studied for two years, and after the first year of study I got a job in a studio that made graphics for major Russian and foreign films.
I was very inspired to be able to participate in creating effects for movies. For 8 years I worked as a VFX artist in cinema, three years ago I decided to change direction and develop in the art direction.
2.What does your work aim to say?
I create beautifully harmonious designs of objects with flow and serenity. In my works, I study the contrasting nature of objects and the way they react to light. What excites me the most is that on an abstract level everything is made from the same molecules; it is the way they assemble what gives an object its properties. That is why there are a lot of rough objects and soft clothes in my works.
3.Where do you find inspiration for your art?
The main source of inspiration for me is music. I usually listen to extreme heavy music, but when I do my work, I mostly listen to neoclassical music. For example, one of my most favorite composers whose music inspires me is Iday. Also I like to take ideas from different fields – fashion design, space, science, biology.
For example, in one of my recent works, I took as a basis a mathematical algorithm for coral growth, and as a catalyst I took symphonic music as a basis, which led to a fantastic and unexpected result
4.Could you give us some insight into your creative process?
I use SideFX Houdini in conjunction with Redshift for my work. With Houdini, you can create both complex procedural worlds and incredible simulations with millions of particles. Redshift allows you to customize photorealistic materials and light without requiring hundreds of hours to render. In addition, redshift is very well integrated with Houdini.
Very rarely, I have some kind of formed idea, usually, I start doing a new job without even imagining what it will be. Thus, in the process of work, I can find unexpected solutions that I would not have thought of, planning the work in advance.
5.What are your future projects?
In future works, I plan to experiment with new materials and study their reaction not only to light but also to music. How can music influence the shape and physical properties of objects.
Artur Gadzhiev (Moscow, 1989) is a Russian digital artist who combines images and sounds, and the result has a very strong impact on the viewer. His works convey serenity and delicacy at the same time: the artist creates a visual poem and precisely it is a dance between images and music.
Gadzhiev studies the contrasting nature of objects, their reaction to light and the environment. Among his latest works, he also made the NFT and “White Night” is an example. This is certainly the case: even images have a sound! Artur Gadzhiev lives and works in Moscow.