Two things have intrigued Ryan Scardecchio his entire life: Creating art and the question of how he was able to create in the first place. As a digital artist from Philadelphia, Ryan gets most of his inspiration from questioning reality itself. "We just wake up one day and we are on this planet, no explanation as to why or how or if we came here before. There is so much we don’t know and can’t fathom, that we have to use our imagination to fill in the gaps, to make sense of it all.”
The surreal collages Ryan creates are a visual representation of his subconscious piecing together the unknown. "Making a collage is the purest form of creativity because there are no rules, no guidelines, nothing is off limits and absolutely anything is possible. The only limit I face is how deep inside my mind I’m willing to go to birth a new concept. How far in the fringes will I allow my mind to wander in order to get inspiration? Much like the universe we inhabit, I believe our conscious is Infinite, just waiting to be tapped in to, to be explored. My work is the digital manifestation of my inner explorations."
Ultimately, Ryan’s main goal is to cause the viewer think outside the realms of possibility and start having them look to inside oneself rather than outside for the answers.
What inspired you to become an artist?
I know it is cliché to say, but I think I was born to be one. At a really young age I started
doodling and drawing, it became my hobby over time. Luckily, my parents picked up on
this trait and sent me to some art schools, so this has been my life for as long as I can
remember. My mom really pushed me to pursue a career in art, so I can thank her for
where I am today.
Please tell us about the artwork which, you are most proud of.
Honestly, I am not sure I have a particular favorite or best work. If I had to pick one, it
would be ‘Glimpse’ which was made in early 2019. Over time, this has become one of
my most popular pieces and it is done in my signature swirl style. The swirls are from
doodles in my notebook, which I then turn into a pattern. Back then I was still
experimenting on how to utilize this element and ‘Glimpse’ was the first time I think I
nailed the process.
What main statement did you want to make with that artwork?
‘Glimpse’ is very chaotic, my goal was to have the viewer be overwhelmed and blown
away. My intent was to make something so unique and new, that the viewer would be
forced to remember it.
What did you find out about reality through your art?
Everyone has their own theory on reality and what it is, why we are here and who
created it. Wars are literally fought over this very thing. I could give my opinion on what I
personally think, but I would rather say, when I make art, I am creating new realities.
That is the best thing about collages, there are no rules or guidelines, you are creating
something totally new from existing pieces. Anyone who views my work, that reality now
exists in their mind as well.
What else do you want to tell us about your art?
I only started making digital art in my spare time a few years ago. I lived in a pretty
chaotic household and the only way for me to escape that was to put on headphones
and design when I came home from work. Between my actual job and this, I would be
designing anywhere from 14-18 hours a day. Even though I used it as an escape, I
really started to like it and making collages became my hobby. I cannot tell you how
bizarre it is for me to have my hobby overnight become this massive industry shaking
thing we call NFTs and crypto art today. I was lucky enough to not only have hundreds
of pieces already made, but to get involved in the community and platforms very early.
How do you see the future of NFTs?
The art world is the first of many industries to be disrupted by NFTs. Anywhere from
music to real estate will be affected by this in the coming years. We honestly haven’t
even scratched the surface…should be an interesting decade.