Ari Hersch cannot be confined to a single medium; a self-taught artist who experiments with many formats, as well as a classically trained interior architect and designer, he constantly attempts to push the boundaries of his creative palette — and has recently been making a killing in the NFT space.
In fact, one of Hersch’s latest drops for Crypto.com NFT did so well that it has placed him the top five best-selling creators on the platform, alongside esteemed brands, celebrities and artists such as the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team, Snoop Dogg, BossLogic and Crypto.com’s own in-house creative team. Titled “Crypto Cartel,” commenting on the “addictive” properties of the cryptocurrency trade, the collection tells the story of four fictional crypto cartels and their war with the Crypto Enforcement Agency (CEA) — a follow-up to his first drop, “Game of Cryptothrones,” which was released on Crypto.com NFT in August 2021.
Hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa, Hersch has been passionate about art since a young age — having studied South African masters such as Gerard Sekoto, George Pemba and Ben Macala, who heavily influenced his style and work. He has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at international galleries and shows, from the Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg to Kroll Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, Israel. Mixing media and working with various materials, experimentation and progression are Hersch’s mantras. For the inaugural installment of our “Creator Community” series, we asked the ever-evolving artist some questions about himself, his work and the NFT community.
Awards & Accolades
2009: Top finalist for African Bank Corporate design project
2010: PG Bison design awards
2010: Top Finalist with Special mention at the Plascon Prism Awards
2010: Top Finalist Imbizo Project
2013- 2014: International Property Awards, Highly commended for marketing and design
2013: Solo Exhibition, art360 Gallery, Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013: The Mazars collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013: Group Exhibition,The Gavin Project, Johannesburg, South Africa
2014: Group Exhibition Art10k, Johannesburg, South Africa
2014: Group Exhibition, Candice Berman Gallery, Johannesburg South Africa
2015: Turbine Art Fair, The Gavin Project, Johannesburg South Africa
2016: Turbine Art Fair, The Gavin Project, Johannesburg South Africa
2017: Knext Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2019: Group Exhibition, Artwerks, Daville Baillie Gallery, Johannesburg South Africa
2020: Solo Exhibition, Convivial, Daville Baillie Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2021: Group Exhibition, Art is for Everyone, Kroll Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel