Riniifish is a south Chinese digital artist. She started drawing at a young age by painting her family’s portrait. She gets her inspiration from the Japanese illustrator Yokoo Tadanori. Her art should raise questions as it is not mainstream. As she said, the colours of her art pieces are not liked in public – the same as her skin colour.
Therefore, she hopes that human appearance won’t have a significant impact in the future anymore. Human beings should be treated equally regardless of where they are from or how they look like.

NFT Granny: “Dear Riniifish. Thank you for taking your time. I love your name, but pardon me as an old lady for asking: What does it mean / stand for?”

Riniifish: Rinii comes from the romanization of my Chinese and Japanese name. I tried to deeply understand more about this country, the history, the design, the culture and art.
I am a big fan of Yokohama Tadanori. He is one of my mentor artists sensei.
I know him very well even though he doesn’t know me.
He influenced my journey. I chose to use Rinii as my name, and the fish is part of my personality. I like to combine the two of them. It reminds me of the balance between hard work and absolute relaxation.

How did you first become interested in art, and how did you get started with it yourself?

Riniifish: My friend just asked me this question the other day, and that’s when I suddenly started to remember my childhood quickly, perhaps starting with drawing my family’s family portrait.
Or maybe when I started to get the attention of my teachers?
As an Asian kid, many kids grow up without enough compliments, whether from our parents or teachers, and this is especially obvious to me. Getting compliments means getting love. At least, that’s how I felt at the time.

My parents treated my little brother and me differently when we were young. It seemed that boys didn’t need to do anything to get a compliment or be forgiven from a young age. But it is different from a girl with dark skin.
Even kids bullied darker-skinned kids.
I need to put in more effort to make my art visible to everyone. I tried to draw everything I saw cause not all the kids can do it well.

Could you tell us more about the story of your Work “Singularity”?

Riniifish: Singularity: The point where space-time is infinitely curved is not yet a complete universe. How many places are there that we cannot see? And in which space-time interludes do they converge into another small world? Is it small for them as well?
In this work, I want to show the insights of this creation period. I feel that when creating, it is difficult to find the critical point, and once you make a mistake, it is difficult to go in a direction you want to proceed, which is the paradox. The place is very worth the risk sometimes. It is like an invisible black hole.

“Singularity” by Riniifish
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Which of your artworks are you most proud of? 

Riniifish: I’d say all of them, but it feels a bit fake. There are a few that do mean a lot to me personally.
One of them is called Bugs Personality Test, a piece I created for my friends in the Tezos community when I first entered the NFT community. I called some people to post their selfies and eventually created this piece.
We are far away, but we are very close. Because of this artwork, I met some good friends, which is very precious.

“Bugs Personality Test” by Riniifish
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Another one is a recent piece called “Brain Spicy”. I always love new art!
It is fresh and cute. I just broke through my stuck time and started focusing on a new and unknown series, which is very exciting.

Brain Spicy is a new texture that I added. I like the noise; it has a retro and reminiscent feel, but I didn’t want to make it too odd, so I tried many ways to make this piece look with a fresh psy-art vibe.

“Brain Spicy” by Riniifish
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Is there an artist you would like to work with? Like a collaboration?

Riniifish: Nicole Ruggiero and Sam Clover are both 3D artists that I like, and every time I look at their work, I feel powerful and warm.

I know a lot of female artists, and there is something about them that I respect, not just their independent personality and their outstanding artwork. Being cute doesn’t mean being weak. If you are cute, you can be powerful too.
In the NFT community, I also like Jimmy Edgar. I haven’t talked to him yet. I love to listen to his music while creating art. And surprisingly, he is not only a futuristic musician but also a great digital artist.

We are curious 🙂 Would you be willing to share any plans of upcoming projects?

Riniifish: I hope to enrich my new series of Sense Slugs as much as possible, and soon I still want to focus on the top of creation. I want to accumulate work and participate in more exhibitions first. I don’t want
to stay in one field only. Although I’m afraid to give a speech in front of people.
I’m preparing for the Tezos drop next, and I found that the Tezos community had grown a lot more than when I first started, which is fantastic.

Who or what are your biggest influences or sources of inspiration?

Riniifish: Yokoo Tadanori – a Japanese illustrator.
His books and works have pushed me to be braver in creating and moving forward.
There is nothing wrong with loving colours that others find harsh, except that I am different from others.

Is there something specific you are trying to express with your art?

Riniifish: My art is not mainstream. It should be bound to receive questioning voices. My skin colour and the colours I like are also not the types that are liked by the public, and these was something I was ashamed to express.
I hope that human appearance, skin colour, and interests that are different from the mainstream will no longer be a reason to be ignored or hurt and that no one deserves to be broken. 

What do you feel when you are creating new art?

Riniifish: I feel I have become cuter. 😀
I hope I can bring more joy and love to the art world.

How do you enjoy the NFT Art you have collected? Do you have a way to display it for example at home?

Riniifish: I don’t live in a house of my own, so I often don’t collect a lot of physical art.
Mentally I’m slightly obsessive-compulsive about cleaning, and I want to have as few items in my house as possible. So I tend to have fabric-based art. One thing is functional stuff, not purely decorative; the other
thing is art printed on fabric that I can hang up and change regularly, and the display looks better than a regular frame.

What would be your biggest wish for the NFT Art scene? What is currently missing / not fully developed to reach its full potential?

Riniifish: I hope that NFT Art will not be controlled by a few galleries and a few artists like the traditional art market.
NFT art is born in the community, and it should belong to the community. The community can contain different colours, cultures, and backgrounds, but it will not let the way they look at diversity be gone.

What is the most disturbing thing when it comes to NFTs and cryptoart in your opinion?

Riniifish: I’m in China, so I’ll briefly discuss my environment’s view of NFT.
First of all, in the general condition, many people have misconceptions about NFT. Because of political factors and economic control aspects.

In addition, the real crypto native is not valued by the general condition, but some strange platforms by some people think that they are the real authority of the crypto platform. I am disappointed in such a vibe, but also understandable.
The disappointment lies in the fact that diversity and real crypto artists are not valued. Instead, they are valued by some traditional art circles, which are very old and embrace art, and the so-called authority makes ordinary people think that this is the real NFT art.

I can understand this point cause of the environment I grew up in. The trend has always been that authority defeats diversity, mainstream defeats non-mainstream, and independent culture. I am not
surprised that this is the current situation of our small artists’ survival.

What does a typical day for you look like, and what do you like to do when you are not busy with NFT Art?

Riniifish: When I’m not busy, I usually like to stay home and watch TV and movies with my dog Yoshi (Yoshi is only 2KG and as small as my bugs).

Yoshi – Riniifish’s cute dog

I also like cooking. I think no one has ever surpassed my fried rice. Please try if you want to challenge me.
On my days off, I like to have as few people as possible looking for me. I prefer internet contact rather than face to face. Still, paradoxically, before the pandemic, I enjoyed travelling, probably because no one knew me when I travelled, and I was exposed to new cultures.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Riniifish: I recently got the advice from my good friend, French digital artist Lulu – “Don’t worry, be ready.”
I met Lulu for a joint exhibition over the summer, and we instantly hit it off. When I felt a great need for encouragement, Lulu told me that this was the third NFT winter she had experienced and that she wanted me not to worry too much. Just like nature, there is spring, summer and autumn.
As an artist, you must be ready to be yourself when creating. Thank you, Lulu.

Is there something aside from art or NFTs you collect?

Riniifish: I have a variety of canvas bags. Because they are usually not as expensive as women’s leather bags and are very casual, I can most of the time fit my iPad and other things in them. And with many art festivals and exhibitions, I can collect canvas bags made by different artists who created them, and they are very functional artwork.

A few of Riniifish’s Canvas Bags
Where do you like to travel?

Riniifish: I like to go somewhere with a different language situation. I want to feel the different human cultures.
Since Japan is pretty close, I used to go there a couple of times every year cause I also like to search for lots of vintage stuff in Shimokita. I also go to Canada every Christmas. A beautiful country with beautiful views in Winter, but for sure, it’s too cold for me as a south China girl.

  • Full Name: Rinii
  • Date of Birth: Libra
  • Current hometown: China
  • Languages she speaks: Chinese, English, Japanese
  • What did you want to be when you were a child: I was only considering Artist as my job
  • Education: Bachelor in Industrial Design
  • First Job: Designer

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