Under the artist name ENGWIND, you'll find Øyvind Engevik, a 26-year-old 3D artist from Solund, not far from Bergen. ENGWIND is the artist behind the NFT collection 'CyberCrew,' a collaborative project involving 43 different 3D artists from around the world. As of July 2023, the collection holds a trading value of over 7000 ETH, approximately equivalent to 150 million Norwegian kroner.
Øyvind began nurturing his creativity at a young age, like many, starting with building with Lego. Already at the age of 12, he began learning 3D software, and after completing secondary school, he chose to further educate himself in the realm of 3D design and animation. In 2017, he ventured into digital art, and it didn't take long before Adobe Photoshop discovered his work and shared it with their millions of followers. This led to his following growing, and significant companies began to get in touch with him.
He has completed assignments for international hardware companies such as Lenovo and MSI, created the astronaut mascot for GameStop, designed for Rolling Stone magazine, and collaborated with Demi Lovato on a Hollywood production. On the domestic front, he has created graphics for the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen.
In 2020, ENGWIND was introduced to NFTs by Mike Winkelmann (better known as Beeple, the creator of the most expensive NFT ever). The possibilities that NFTs offered to digital artists opened Øyvind's eyes, and he launched his first NFT project, "The First Step," where he received permission from Beeple to showcase his art as part of Beeple's NFT collection.
Furthermore, ENGWIND has developed an art collection that addresses climate change. In this series, he portrays different worst-case scenarios for our planet, where trees are dead, oxygen levels are low, and we must move to Mars to survive and start anew. The series, titled "The Conservation," was exhibited at the United Nations' digital exhibition in 2021. Since then, ENGWIND has donated over 500,000 Norwegian kroner to plant trees around the world and has cleared several tons of garbage along the Norwegian coast. ENGWIND continues to create thought-provoking artworks that open our minds to the global challenges we face in our lifetime.
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