Meet Tonya Kim, an NFT artist who is no stranger to fear and perfectionism. Despite these challenges, Tonya has managed to create two beautiful collections — “Phobias” and “Townspeople” — that explore the uniqueness of human emotions and the individual.
“My dad is an artist. When I was a child I often watched my father paint. When my father went to work I drew on his paintings together with my older brother, and also while my mother was not watching, we drew on the walls of the apartment. After that, when I was 5 years old my parents sent me and my brother to the school of architecture and design. And that’s where my artistic journey began,” says Tonya about her journey as an artist.
Tonya’s art is characterized by her signature black and white doodle style, and she works mainly in painting. She is inspired by her family, especially her father and older brother, as well as other artists in the space.
“People, human phobias” are the subjects that Tonya explores in her art. With her “Phobias” collection, Tonya aims to show that fear is a natural emotion and we should not let it consume us. “I want to let people know that it’s okay to be afraid. Fear is our base emotion. We should try to treat our fears rationally,” she says. On the other hand, her “Townspeople” collection celebrates the unique qualities of each person.
Tonya has overcome several challenges as an artist, including the fear of sharing her work with others and perfectionism. “My biggest problem is still my fears. I turn my fears into my drawings. Also my problem is perfectionism. It seems to be both a plus and a minus, but there are more minuses. It is because of perfectionism that I take much longer to do my work than I could. I have only recently started to work through this problem, so I don’t know how to overcome it yet,” she admits. Despite these challenges, Tonya stays motivated and inspired by her family and the art community, and takes breaks and gets enough rest to handle creative blocks.
For aspiring artists, Tonya has some wise words of advice: “Don’t be afraid to share your creativity with others and just keep doing what you love, evolving every day.”
Art, according to Tonya, plays a crucial role in society. “Art is very important for human beings: music, visual arts, literature, cinema, etc. We are enriched by art. Art allows us to feel better, takes us into a world of feelings, innovations, new sensations and challenges, and opens new ways,” she says.
In recent years, Tonya has noticed that art has become freer and more accessible, and she is excited to see where her own art will take her in the future. For now, she continues to create beautiful pieces that speak to the human experience, and inspires others to do the same.
Tonya’s art can be found on her website, https://tonyakim.eth.co, as well as on Foundation, where she has her “Phobias” and “Townspeople” collections. She is currently working on a new piece for the “Phobias” collection called “Claustrophobia.”