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International <strong>Art</strong> Exhibition<br />

Everyone has a desire to express themselves and art<br />

provides a medium for it. When you deeply engage<br />

yourself into art, your mind starts churning out new ideas,<br />

thoughts and imagery, all in a positive way keeping you<br />

happy and content.<br />

We are so excited to bring this edition <strong>of</strong> the magazine to you.<br />

It covers stories <strong>of</strong> some remarkable artists from across the globe<br />

and we are familiarizing our readers with NFT, the hottest and most<br />

lucrative topic <strong>of</strong> the industry. Events like 100 Million Meals charity<br />

art auction, some glimpses <strong>of</strong> World <strong>Art</strong> Dubai, Ramadan and Eid<br />

getaways featuring Hotels and Restaurants with their amazing <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

have been included. There is a showcase <strong>of</strong> artworks by talented<br />

artists in addition to art news, art facts, crossword and trivia for our<br />

readers to engage themselves and win amazing gifts.<br />

We look forward to our readers joining us in our passion for art.<br />

Whatever art is to you, immerse yourself in it. Let it feed your soul and<br />

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featured artist Luciano Cian<br />

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6 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


Having been inspired by this maestro, Luciano Cian, the Brazilbased<br />

artist attempts to communicate phenomenons like ‘power’<br />

and ‘beauty’ through his work, as the colours in his paintings seem<br />

to embrace your contemplation<br />

Chuck Close said,<br />

“Inspiration is for<br />

amateurs. The rest <strong>of</strong> us<br />

just show up and get the<br />

work done. If you wait<br />

around for the clouds to part and a<br />

bolt <strong>of</strong> lightning to strike you in the<br />

brain, you're not going to make an<br />

awful lot <strong>of</strong> work.” <strong>Art</strong> is something<br />

we all connect with. <strong>Art</strong> is inspired<br />

by nature. <strong>Art</strong> is unquestionably one<br />

<strong>of</strong> the purest and highest elements<br />

in human happiness. <strong>Art</strong> transforms<br />

everything into marvellous pieces.<br />

<strong>Art</strong> that is created from the heart is<br />

aesthetically appealing.<br />

Joan Miro says, “I try to apply<br />

colours like words that shape poems,<br />

like notes that shape music“. Having<br />

been inspired by this maestro,<br />

Luciano Cian, the Brazil-based<br />

artist attempts to communicate<br />

phenomenons like ‘power’ and<br />

‘beauty’ through his work, as the<br />

colours in his paintings seem to<br />

embrace your contemplation .<br />

Cian started painting at the age<br />

<strong>of</strong> 18 and through his career <strong>of</strong> 29<br />

years, he is proud to have reached<br />

a very diverse audience and being<br />

able to do what he truly believes<br />

in. While he believes his career<br />

has developed through several<br />

influences, he specialises in painting,<br />

drawing and urban intervention. The<br />

current art trend he follows is mixed<br />

art. If one starts looking at his works,<br />

they can simply get lost in it. He is<br />

a fine artist with incredible skills and<br />

experiences. His artistry suggests<br />

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featured artist Luciano Cian<br />

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peace and power together forge<br />

meaningful connections in the world<br />

around us. Many <strong>of</strong> us struggle with<br />

communicating our emotions and<br />

through his artistry he sends a very<br />

strong message.<br />

The pandemic had a significant<br />

impact on all <strong>of</strong> us. For Cian, the<br />

pandemic has directed him to<br />

dedicate more time to art. Given<br />

the subjectivity that is inherent to its<br />

subject, Cian is famous for holding the<br />

view that art is essential to broaden<br />

the understanding <strong>of</strong> things. He says<br />

just like poetry, art is fundamental to<br />

activate new feelings, new thoughts<br />

and above all, new horizon.He wants<br />

other artists to know that they must<br />

insist on what they believe in and<br />

strive to produce more and more<br />

artworks because in art there is<br />

no right or wrong, beautiful or ugly,<br />

political or non-political – nothing is<br />

binary; everything is possible and<br />

there is only one person capable <strong>of</strong><br />

producing your art – and that is you.<br />

The message he wants to send to<br />

his fellow artists is, “insist on what<br />

you believe and produce more,<br />

more and more“. According to him,<br />

“<strong>Art</strong> is important to broaden the<br />

understanding <strong>of</strong> things. Like poetry,<br />

art is fundamental to instigate new<br />

feelings, new thoughts and, above<br />

all, new horizons.”<br />

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Chinese Archaeologists dug up a 3000 year<br />

old gold mask<br />

function <strong>of</strong> silk has been elevated to<br />

a spiritual level.”<br />

The recent discoveries at<br />

Sanxingdui are not the oldest<br />

archeological finds, as some have<br />

dated back to the 12th and 11th<br />

centuries B.C.E. More than 50,000<br />

ancient artifacts have been found at<br />

Sanxingdui since the 1920s, when<br />

a local farmer accidentally came<br />

upon a number <strong>of</strong> relics at the site.<br />

A major breakthrough occurred<br />

in 1986, with the discovery <strong>of</strong> two<br />

ceremonial pits containing over<br />

1,000 items, including elaborate and<br />

An archeological site in<br />

southwestern China<br />

yielded new trove <strong>of</strong><br />

some 500 objects, with<br />

many dating back 3,000<br />

years. Among the most significant<br />

new finds is a gold mask that<br />

weighs just over half a pound and is<br />

estimated to be made <strong>of</strong> 84 percent<br />

gold.<br />

The finds were made at Sanxingdui,<br />

a 4.6-square-mile area outside the<br />

provincial capital <strong>of</strong> Chengdu. Some<br />

experts say the items may shine<br />

further light on the ancient Shu state,<br />

a kingdom that ruled in the western<br />

Sichuan basin until it was conquered<br />

in 316 BC.<br />

In addition to the gold mask,<br />

archaeologists uncovered bronzes,<br />

gold foils and artifacts made from<br />

ivory, jade and bone. The six pits, <strong>of</strong><br />

which the largest has a footprint <strong>of</strong><br />

19 square meters (205 square feet),<br />

also yielded an as-yet-unopened<br />

wooden box and a bronze vessel<br />

with owl-shaped patterning.<br />

Another major find in the recent<br />

discovery is silk that dates back to<br />

the Shu Han era. Its find supports<br />

theories that silk was an important<br />

part <strong>of</strong> spiritual rituals to the<br />

community and could prove that<br />

Chengdu was major production<br />

site <strong>of</strong> silk and a stop along the<br />

southwestern portion <strong>of</strong> the Silk<br />

Road.<br />

“Although the silk found at the<br />

Sanxingdui site is not the oldest,<br />

such a discovery is still very exciting,”<br />

Zhou Yang, a researcher at the China<br />

National Silk Museum, said in a<br />

statement. “This time we found silk in<br />

the sacrificial pit. We are very happy<br />

to see that through archaeological<br />

excavations, we found that the<br />

“This time we found<br />

silk in the sacrificial<br />

pit. We are very<br />

happy to see that<br />

through archaeological<br />

excavations, we found<br />

that the function <strong>of</strong> silk<br />

has been elevated to a<br />

spiritual level.”<br />

well-preserved bronze masks.<br />

In a statement provided to the<br />

Chengdu government accompanying<br />

the recent finds, Xu Hong, the leader<br />

<strong>of</strong> a different archeological site<br />

looking into the ancient Erlitou culture<br />

said, “This excavation can further<br />

clarify the nature <strong>of</strong> the sacrificial pit<br />

at Sanxingdui site, understand the<br />

religious life and sacrificial tradition<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Sanxingdui people, and get<br />

closer to the truth <strong>of</strong> history.”<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

10 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



featured artist Deeksha Rao<br />

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featured artist Deeksha Rao<br />

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<strong>Art</strong> is principally suitable for<br />

conveying ideas. Whether<br />

artwork is in writing, painting<br />

or sculpture; it can<br />

transform complex concepts<br />

into understandable symbols,<br />

and in certain instances, it can cross<br />

the boundaries <strong>of</strong> language and culture.<br />

When art gains symbolic value,<br />

it can become the focal point <strong>of</strong> the<br />

movement. Through the ages, art has<br />

typically been created from valuable<br />

materials. Gold, ivory, and gemstones<br />

adorn medieval crowns, and even the<br />

paints utilized by Renaissance artists<br />

were made <strong>of</strong> rare materials like lapis<br />

lazuli, ground into pigment.<br />

Deeksha Rao is an Indian <strong>Art</strong>ist,<br />

who specializes in CD artworks, pink<br />

aesthetics, and landscape art. Her<br />

social media feed is filled with pink<br />

and purple aesthetics, calling out to<br />

all the pink and purple lovers. Her<br />

videos and artworks are so calming<br />

and aesthetically pleasing to watch<br />

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Her artwork has a strong intention to portray.<br />

Through her gorgeous artistry she wants<br />

to spread the importance <strong>of</strong> following one’s<br />

passion, and also wants to share the message<br />

that one doesn’t have to be perfect.<br />

that it makes one want to keep<br />

watching and looking for more.<br />

Her artwork has a strong intention to<br />

portray. Through her gorgeous artistry<br />

she wants to spread the importance<br />

<strong>of</strong> following one’s passion, and also<br />

wants to share the message that<br />

one doesn’t have to be perfect. <strong>Art</strong> is<br />

meant to be creative and alluring, it is<br />

not meant to be perfect.<br />

Her message to the fellow artisans<br />

is, “Your art is beautiful, don’t<br />

compare yourself to other artists out<br />

there, everyone has their own style,<br />

and everyone has their own pace <strong>of</strong><br />

learning.” Everyone is different and<br />

has a different sense <strong>of</strong> creating art.<br />

Her greatest inspiration is herself.<br />

She believes if she can’t motivate<br />

herself, nobody can motivate her.<br />

Rao’s favorite idol is Noor, who is<br />

also known as @artsypeach who<br />

also creates very aesthetically<br />

pleasing pieces. According to her the<br />

importance <strong>of</strong> art for a student is the<br />

positivity that fills up when you do art.<br />

Often students are pressurized into<br />

so many things and she believes art<br />

is a solution to alleviate one’s way <strong>of</strong><br />

thinking.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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featured artist Jose Cacho<br />

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14 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


<strong>Art</strong> adds attraction and wonder to<br />

anything we can explore. Conjointly<br />

art reflects us the mood and the<br />

feelings <strong>of</strong> the creative person.<br />

Someone said, “<strong>Art</strong> is the only way to<br />

run away without leaving home”. <strong>Art</strong> assists one to<br />

forget about everything that made them feel low<br />

because their mind turns into a flying bird, from<br />

tree to tree, checking out an area wherever they<br />

will feel safe from the dangers <strong>of</strong> life.<br />

Jose Cacho is a Mexican <strong>Art</strong>ist who aims to<br />

promote the strength <strong>of</strong> femineity through his<br />

artistry. Although, he eventually introduced other<br />

elements, the women across the globe are his<br />

greatest source <strong>of</strong> inspiration. Through women,<br />

he captures beautiful, fantastic, and metaphorical<br />

visions <strong>of</strong> life. His current works are based on the<br />

mixture <strong>of</strong> the development <strong>of</strong> his techniques,<br />

taking elements <strong>of</strong> creation. Taking inspirations<br />

from artists like Gustav Klimt, Banksy, Rafael<br />

Cauduro and some sparks <strong>of</strong> things he finds in his<br />

daily life, whether in an exhibition, in a museum or<br />

just walking down the street.<br />

He started to draw since he was very young,<br />

without realizing it or having it as a goal. He<br />

continued to do so until he became interested<br />

in the use <strong>of</strong> art materials. Jose likes to produce<br />

artworks without any specific aim or goal. He<br />

likes to go with the flow and enjoys as<br />

it’s takes a shape. The pandemic has<br />

opened a door to refocus the way he<br />

lived his daily life. The confinement<br />

has represented the possibility<br />

<strong>of</strong> having more time to carry out<br />

his productive activities. It has<br />

given him the space to develop<br />

and fundamentally improve<br />

two techniques; Deep<strong>Art</strong>, a<br />

technique in which he worked<br />

by adding layers <strong>of</strong> resin and<br />

artistic materials alternately until<br />

he achieved an unprecedented<br />

depth and luminosity and FastRust,<br />

another technique which is based<br />

He started to<br />

draw since he<br />

was very young,<br />

without realizing<br />

it or having it<br />

as a goal. He<br />

continued to<br />

do so until<br />

he became<br />

interested in<br />

the use <strong>of</strong> art<br />

materials. Jose<br />

likes to produce<br />

artworks<br />

without any<br />

specific aim<br />

or goal.<br />

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featured artist Jose Cacho<br />

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on mixing <strong>of</strong> mineral, acrylic and<br />

oxidizing materials to achieve the<br />

appearance <strong>of</strong> the passage <strong>of</strong> time<br />

and deterioration, which plays a<br />

fundamental role.<br />

When asked what makes him feel<br />

proud, he adds that his family is his<br />

greatest support and something he is<br />

proud <strong>of</strong>. There is no space in which he<br />

feels more satisfied and comfortable<br />

than when he is accompanied with<br />

them. Pr<strong>of</strong>essionally, his family is<br />

now all-around art together, creating,<br />

managing and promoting what they<br />

do as a team is simply fantastic,<br />

sharing their time, energy and<br />

dreams is the most powerful engine<br />

that he has found not only in his<br />

artistic career but also in the holistic<br />

model <strong>of</strong> his life.<br />

His greatest inspiration is<br />

women. He has lived surrounded<br />

by incredible, strong, intelligent,<br />

exemplary women. They have been<br />

his guide in this journey. In his work,<br />

women play a central role in the<br />

representation <strong>of</strong> the most valuable<br />

in life, far beyond the aesthetic,<br />

which is undoubtedly beautiful.<br />

The feminine represents not only<br />

the creative capacity but also the<br />

integration <strong>of</strong> a solid and lasting way<br />

to society. He is convinced that the<br />

role <strong>of</strong> women in our environment<br />

has a potential that men hardly<br />

imagine. He says, “In my work, the<br />

woman is the center <strong>of</strong> the universe”.<br />

His message to the fellow artists<br />

is, “I have always thought that we<br />

are born artists. From childhood<br />

we human beings enjoy music by<br />

listening to lullabies that calm us, we<br />

scribbled throughout the house, we<br />

danced moving to the rhythm <strong>of</strong> what<br />

our parents listen, we made figures<br />

with plasticine and castles in the<br />

sand. As we grow up, we become<br />

serious people who do important<br />

things in the opinion <strong>of</strong> adults and<br />

most cases art is not seen as one <strong>of</strong><br />

them. In my opinion, the importance<br />

<strong>of</strong> promoting art during childhood<br />

and adolescence lies in giving<br />

people the opportunity to continue<br />

to enjoy their childhood forever, to<br />

continually return to our origin. <strong>Art</strong> is<br />

a space <strong>of</strong> joy, meditation, and inner<br />

development that is worth exploring<br />

from a young age.”<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

16 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


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“Work on your skills persistently, let money and fame<br />

follow you”, says Smitha S Nair<br />

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Passion is the energy that<br />

comes from bringing<br />

more <strong>of</strong> you into what<br />

you do. It’s being who<br />

you are and doing what<br />

comes naturally, says Smitha S<br />

Nair, a Bachelors in Computer<br />

Engineering graduate who worked<br />

as an engineer in a reputed firm<br />

in Dubai. Even while working, she<br />

was always searching for a way to<br />

explore her creativity. Colors and<br />

its blends in all forms has been<br />

something she has ardently loved<br />

since a very young age.<br />

For Smitha, both creativity and<br />

passion reinforce and accentuates<br />

each other and brings out the<br />

best art form. Getting attracted by<br />

the hidden patterns and making<br />

connections between things that<br />

aren’t normally related is her way <strong>of</strong><br />

coming up with new ideas.<br />

Though being an engineer by<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>ession her passion always<br />

remained for art. She is currently<br />

pursuing a career as a creative<br />

content artist for an Arabic<br />

knowledge and culture content<br />

startup named ‘Wadeh Wasareeh’<br />

which means ‘clear and candid’,<br />

currently in its launching process.<br />

“ The pre launch support activities<br />

itself challenged the artist in me<br />

and I am thoroughly enjoying every<br />

bit <strong>of</strong> it, showcasing my artistic<br />

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ARTIST<br />

Exploring art in all<br />

forms without limiting<br />

herself is her mantra.<br />

Be it an acrylic canvas<br />

art work, a wall painting<br />

to decorate the living<br />

space, a piece <strong>of</strong> art<br />

work on a glass bottle<br />

or a small art work<br />

done on a stone, all <strong>of</strong> it<br />

unleashes her creative<br />

energy.<br />

vision and drawing skills as to<br />

suit the given content. Getting to<br />

work with such a passionate team<br />

brings the best out <strong>of</strong> me”, she says.<br />

When asked who her inspiration is,<br />

she says that she finds inspiration<br />

everywhere. In her short career<br />

period she has exhibited her art<br />

work with solo galleries at various<br />

local and International platforms<br />

like World <strong>Art</strong> Dubai, Aayam <strong>Art</strong><br />

Exhibition New Delhi etc. with many<br />

more exciting events coming up in<br />

the future.<br />

According to her, creating a<br />

strong customer connection is very<br />

important for any successful artist.<br />

She makes sure to try and connect<br />

with her customers by sharing the<br />

inspiration and the creative process<br />

behind the piece. For her, it’s not<br />

just about a sale. She stays up to<br />

date with what’s happening in the<br />

art industry all over the world which<br />

helps her to reach out and identify<br />

her clients and stay on their radar.<br />

Making it in the art world isn’t<br />

merely a game <strong>of</strong> luck. It takes vision<br />

and determined effort. Smitha<br />

consciously keeps her thoughts,<br />

words and actions aligned to her<br />

goals, and works with confidence<br />

and positivity. Every time her art<br />

piece finds a new home, or every<br />

effort that she puts in to be a part<br />

<strong>of</strong> an artwork she is ecstatic and<br />

makes sure to give it her best.<br />

“Trust yourself. You are worthy<br />

<strong>of</strong> whatever height you’ve set for<br />

yourself.”, Smitha says. To know<br />

more about her work, head on to her<br />

website: https://simpli-said.com and<br />

Instagram @simiaero.<br />

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t r i v i a<br />

1.When is World <strong>Art</strong> Day celebrated?<br />

2.Who is Deeksha Rao’s idol?<br />

3.Where is Jose Cacho from?<br />

4.How much was Large Typerwrite by William Kentridge sold for?<br />

5.What does Nikola Ćuljić specialize in?<br />

6.Who is Uday Ganesh Mohite’s greatest inspiration?<br />

7.Where is Luciano Cian from?<br />

8.How much did ‘100 Million Meals’ live charity art auction raise?<br />

9.Which was the one painting Vincent van Gogh sold while alive?<br />

10.Where was Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s statue unveiled?<br />

11. What is the full form <strong>of</strong> NFT?<br />

WIN<br />



Answers <strong>of</strong> April Edition Trivia<br />

1. Australia<br />

2. Photoshop Composition and Manipulation<br />

3. Could only have been painted by a madman<br />

4. Michael Carson and Gabriel Moreno<br />

5. K.<strong>Art</strong> studio<br />

6. Kangaroo painting<br />

7. Creative Mafia<br />

8. Pablo Picasso<br />

9. 600<br />

10. Rembrandt van Rijn<br />

RULES:<br />






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<strong>of</strong> valuables donated by H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid<br />

Al Maktoum, Sacha Jafri, Henri Matisse, Nelson Mandela, Pablo<br />

Picasso, Salvador Dali, David Hockney, Joan Miro, Henry Moore<br />

and many more<br />

Raised AED 36.6 Million<br />

To distribute 36.6 Million meals in 30 countries across the globe

Humanity for Humanity:<br />

Charity art auction in Dubai raises Dh36.6 Million<br />

H.H. Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin<br />

Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson <strong>of</strong> Dubai<br />

Culture and <strong>Art</strong>s Authority (Dubai Culture)<br />

Varsha Sureka<br />

The ‘100 Million Meals’<br />

Live charity art auction<br />

held in Dubai on Saturday<br />

was an extraordinary<br />

exemplification <strong>of</strong><br />

Humanity supporting Humanity.<br />

It recorded an amazing sellout<br />

<strong>of</strong> valuable items under the<br />

humanitarian initiative by His<br />

Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin<br />

Rashid Al Maktoum.<br />

Dubai’s largest charity auction <strong>of</strong><br />

artworks was held in the presence<br />

<strong>of</strong> leading artists and celebrities,<br />

from the private collections <strong>of</strong> world<br />

leaders. It raised Dh 36,673,000,<br />

which will help provide 36,673,000<br />

meals to the needy in 30 countries<br />

across the globe during the Holy<br />

month <strong>of</strong> Ramadan. The biggest<br />

charity art auction was organized by<br />

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum<br />

Global Initiatives (MBRGI) in-line<br />

with the Global Initiative to curb<br />

hunger from the world by 2030.<br />

The live in-person event on<br />

Saturday (24th April, <strong>2021</strong>) night<br />

featured a bit <strong>of</strong> the Kiswa, the quilt<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Kaaba structure in Mecca’s<br />

grand mosque, from the private<br />

assortment <strong>of</strong> His Highness Sheikh<br />

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,<br />

Vice President and Prime Minister<br />

<strong>of</strong> UAE and Ruler <strong>of</strong> Dubai. A piece<br />

<strong>of</strong> Kiswa was sold for $2.7 million.<br />

There were different works <strong>of</strong>fered<br />

by eminent personalities like the<br />

late South African President Nelson<br />

Mandela, artists Salvador Dali, Henri<br />

Matisse, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso,<br />

David Hockney, Henry Moore and<br />

British creator Sacha Jafri, who<br />

recently created the world’s largest<br />

painting on canvas in Dubai for<br />

charity in the ballroom <strong>of</strong> The Atlantis.<br />

A part <strong>of</strong> Jafri’s ‘The Road to Journey<br />

<strong>of</strong> Humanity’ painting sold-out for<br />

$4.2 million, the largest amount that<br />

was raised at the auction.<br />

The auction took place at the<br />

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira in Dubai,<br />

and was attended by H.H. Sheikha<br />

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Varsha Sureka(left) and Marjorie Harvey(right)<br />

100 Million Meals’ Live charity art auction held<br />

at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah in Dubai<br />

Sacha Jafri’s painting ‘The Journey <strong>of</strong> Humanity’<br />

being signed by H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint<br />

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum<br />

Kiswa, the quilt <strong>of</strong> the Kaaba structure in Mecca’s grand mosque<br />

donated for auction from the private assortment <strong>of</strong> His Highness<br />

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum<br />

Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid<br />

Al Maktoum, chairperson <strong>of</strong> Dubai<br />

Culture and <strong>Art</strong>s Authority (Dubai<br />

Culture); Florian Picasso, the greatgrandson<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Spanish creator<br />

Pablo Picasso; Omar Sultan Al<br />

Olama, Minister <strong>of</strong> State for <strong>Art</strong>ificial<br />

Intelligence, Digital Economy and<br />

Remote Work Applications; Sima<br />

Ved, Founder & chairwoman <strong>of</strong><br />

Apparel Group; Vikram Shr<strong>of</strong>f,<br />

Director UPL Group; Mona Kattan,<br />

Co-Founder <strong>of</strong> Huda Beauty &<br />

Kayali Fragrances; German Tennis<br />

personality Boris Becker; Boxing<br />

legend Amir Khan and Marjorie<br />

Harvey, wife <strong>of</strong> American TV host<br />

Steve Harvey, additionally to many<br />

philanthropists, artists, high-pr<strong>of</strong>ile<br />

personalities, and businessmen to<br />

support ‘100 Million Meals’ aid efforts.<br />

Meals parcels’ distribution has<br />

already begun in several countries<br />

including Jordan, Egypt and Pakistan.<br />

To create positive swift and inherent<br />

distribution, the MBRGI is functioning<br />

with variety <strong>of</strong> worldwide and native<br />

companions in each beneficiary<br />

nation to ship the parcels, alongside<br />

the United Nations World Meals<br />

Programme. The main purpose <strong>of</strong><br />

the event was to raise money and<br />

also encourage everyone across the<br />

globe to do their bit, no matter how<br />

small or large the amount is. The<br />

UAE, via its humanitarian initiatives,<br />

is devoted to providing assistance to<br />

those in need.<br />

The auction hosted by Jonny Gould<br />

in the presence <strong>of</strong> Highnesses,<br />

Excellencies, industry leaders,<br />

artists and celebrities was a pr<strong>of</strong>ound<br />

humanitarian act <strong>of</strong> people coming<br />

together to help remove hunger from<br />

the world.<br />

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Audience at the Live Charity <strong>Art</strong> Auction<br />

H.H. Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al<br />

Maktoum, Chairperson <strong>of</strong> Dubai Culture and <strong>Art</strong>s<br />

Authority (Dubai Culture)<br />

As estis pere sequuntis atinvel loreiundam<br />

estrum quis santianditia dolut <strong>of</strong>ficat<br />

Host: Jonny Gould<br />

The main purpose<br />

<strong>of</strong> the event was to<br />

raise money and also<br />

encourage everyone<br />

across the globe to do<br />

their bit, no matter<br />

how small or large the<br />

amount is.<br />

LIVE Auction in action<br />

Boris Becker(left) Kris Fade(right)<br />

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Amir Khan(left) Sacha Jafri(right)<br />

Marjorie Harvey(left) Sacha Jafri (right)<br />

Sacha Jafri addressing the audience<br />

Noor Shilbaya(left) Elijah Long(right)<br />

Sacha Jafri(left) Boris Becker(right)<br />

Sacha Jafri (left) Florian Picasso(right)<br />

H.H. Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al<br />

Maktoum’s signature on Sacha Jafri’s ‘The Journey <strong>of</strong><br />

Humanity’ painting<br />

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Sisters Grimm to auction 50 artworks<br />

marking UAE’s Golden Jubilee Year<br />

In celebration <strong>of</strong> the United Arab<br />

Emirates 50th anniversary,<br />

Grammy-nominated composer<br />

Ella Spira MBE is for the first time<br />

auctioning a collection <strong>of</strong> 50 UAE<br />

landscape paintings. The paintings<br />

are a culmination <strong>of</strong> Ella’s travels<br />

across the UAE sharing personal<br />

discoveries, unearthing places which<br />

she feels truly represent the region<br />

and show people the rich, captivating<br />

and nuanced history <strong>of</strong> the Emirates.<br />

Sisters Grimm, the Dubai<br />

production company Spira founded<br />

with ballerina Pietra De Mello-<br />

Pittman in 2009, will drop their first<br />

NFT artwork, celebrating the unique<br />

diversity and beauty <strong>of</strong> the seven<br />

Emirates.<br />

Most <strong>of</strong> the NFT and art auction<br />

proceeds will go into the Pietra and<br />

Ella Theatre Production Shows<br />

UAE company, that is developing<br />

Sisters Grimm, the Dubai production<br />

company Spira founded with ballerina Pietra<br />

De Mello-Pittman in 2009, will drop their<br />

first NFT artwork, celebrating the unique<br />

diversity and beauty <strong>of</strong> the seven Emirates.<br />

the Sisters Grimm Performing <strong>Art</strong>s<br />

Programme in line with their resident<br />

and world touring Arab World show<br />

and other arts initiatives for young<br />

people in the region.<br />

Sisters Grimm was founded by Ella<br />

and former Royal Ballet Ballerina <strong>of</strong><br />

13 years Pietra De Mello-Pittman<br />

MBE in 2009 with the mission to use<br />

dance musicals to tell stories which<br />

impact individuals into cultural and<br />

social change through transforming<br />

the way people treat each other and<br />

their environment with a focus on<br />

mental and physical wellbeing and<br />

ecological awareness.<br />

More than 1,000 artistic<br />

submissions were received from<br />

over 100 schools across the UAE,<br />

and these have been turned into<br />

3D imagery used in the video for<br />

new single Windows <strong>of</strong> the Mind,<br />

which features the vocals <strong>of</strong> Madyan<br />

Hamza, who sings in Arabic, and DB<br />

Gad in English.<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

26 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


WORLD ART DAY <strong>2021</strong><br />



When is World <strong>Art</strong> Day?<br />

World <strong>Art</strong> Day is celebrated on 15th April every year,<br />

to promote the enjoyment <strong>of</strong> art and the pleasure it<br />

provides. The day brings together artists from the<br />

world in all fields and marks the celebration <strong>of</strong> any<br />

creative activity worldwide.<br />

How and why was this date selected?<br />

Becky Mate, who was an ‘<strong>Art</strong>ists for A Better World<br />

International’ member, founded an international holiday<br />

for the <strong>Art</strong>s in 1998, called World <strong>Art</strong> Day. For many<br />

years, the second Friday in August was celebrated<br />

as World <strong>Art</strong> Day. But later in 2017, Mate announced<br />

the move <strong>of</strong> the holiday from August to April 15th, in<br />

a gesture <strong>of</strong> solidarity with a like-minded group that<br />

established World <strong>Art</strong> Day on Leonardo Da Vinci’s<br />

birthday. World <strong>Art</strong> Day's yearly observation formerly<br />

commenced in April 2012.<br />

Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci’s areas <strong>of</strong> interest<br />

included invention, drawing, painting, sculpture,<br />

architecture, science, music, mathematics,<br />

engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy,<br />

botany and more. He is widely considered one <strong>of</strong><br />

the greatest painters <strong>of</strong> all time, with two <strong>of</strong> his most<br />

widely known works including Mona Lisa and The Last<br />

Supper. This day brings together artists from the world<br />

in all fields and marks the celebration <strong>of</strong> any creative<br />

activity worldwide.<br />

What is the significance <strong>of</strong> World <strong>Art</strong> Day?<br />

Each year, World <strong>Art</strong> Day is celebrated to encourage<br />

awareness about how diverse artistic expression is.<br />

The contribution <strong>of</strong> artists to the society is highlighted<br />

on this day. It is also an occasion to shine a light on<br />

arts education in schools.<br />

<strong>Art</strong> comes in numerous forms but the <strong>of</strong>ficial<br />

categories were Architecture, Painting, Sculpting,<br />

Music, Literature, Dance and Cinema. There are many<br />

events that happen across the World <strong>Art</strong> Day all across<br />

the globe honoring the artists and their creativity.<br />

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Al Hathboor Group’s <strong>Art</strong>yst organizes its<br />

Award Ceremony for the Online <strong>Art</strong> and Photography<br />

Competition powered by ARTOZE Gallery and Exhibition<br />

Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Al<br />

Hathboor’s<br />

online<br />

<strong>Art</strong> and Photography<br />

competition for its<br />

premium fine arts<br />

showroom, <strong>Art</strong>yst in<br />

collaboration with <strong>Art</strong>oze Gallery and<br />

Exhibitions announced on March 08,<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, and concluded its submissions<br />

on March 28, <strong>2021</strong>, with over 170<br />

artists across the UAE showcasing<br />

their artworks & photographs. The<br />

award ceremony for the competition<br />

was held on April 12, <strong>2021</strong>, in<br />

collaboration with Hotel Radisson<br />

Red, Dubai, as the venue partner.<br />

21 Finalists were recognized during<br />

the ceremony and 8 winners among<br />

them received accolades at the<br />

hands <strong>of</strong> the Jury – Dr Najat Makki,<br />

Mr Khalil Abdulwahid and Mr Ashok<br />

Verma in the presence <strong>of</strong> Al Hathboor<br />

Top management and <strong>Art</strong> enthusiasts<br />

from the field. The finalists got a<br />

platform to showcase their artworks<br />

at the Hotel overlooked by the art<br />

influencer Ms. Varsha Sureka. Each<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Participants featured on the<br />

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selected after a grilling process <strong>of</strong><br />

mediums, concept, finishing and<br />

several other factors contributing to<br />

the final choice <strong>of</strong> winners. It is lovely<br />

to see Al Hathboor introducing a<br />

concept that encourages <strong>Art</strong> & <strong>Art</strong>ists<br />

and I am delighted to be a part <strong>of</strong> the<br />

same as Jury. I must emphasize that<br />

one must surely participate no matter<br />

what the outcome. Eventually, with<br />

persistence, you will find success as<br />

the key is to keep trying. Participation<br />

matters more for an artist to improve<br />

& eventually awards follow.”, said<br />

Mr Khalil Abdulwahid, an Emirati<br />

<strong>Art</strong>ist and Director <strong>of</strong> the Fine <strong>Art</strong>s<br />

Department, Dubai Culture & <strong>Art</strong>s<br />

Authority.<br />

UAE Emirati <strong>Art</strong>ist, Dr Najat Makki,<br />

founding member <strong>of</strong> the Emirates Fine<br />

online Virtual Gallery showcasing<br />

<strong>Art</strong>s & Photographs at www.artoze.<br />

com that has garnered over 25k<br />

views & is still ongoing.<br />

Honouring the guests, jury and<br />

participants, Mr Jaiganesh V, CEO,<br />

Al Hathboor Group, said “It is Al<br />

Hathboor’s first event & we are<br />

happy to receive the overwhelming<br />

response. We plan several more<br />

such concepts to encourage<br />

participation & provide recognition to<br />

the deserving artists. We are thankful<br />

to our esteemed Jury for guiding<br />

us through the process. In this new<br />

world due to the pandemic, we seek<br />

more ideas and see newer avenues<br />

& opportunities concerning ART in<br />

the coming months & will pursue<br />

the same based on suggestions we<br />

receive. On a social awareness note,<br />

I encourage you to get vaccinated<br />

as that is the only way forward in the<br />

New Normal.”<br />

“The process <strong>of</strong> selection was<br />

gruesome since we received a<br />

variety <strong>of</strong> submissions and each<br />

better than the other. However, we<br />

“It is Al Hathboor’s first event & we are happy<br />

to receive the overwhelming response. We<br />

plan several more such concepts to encourage<br />

participation & provide recognition to the<br />

deserving artists. We are thankful to our esteemed<br />

Jury for guiding us through the process."<br />

- Mr Jaiganesh V, CEO, Al Hathboor Group<br />

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<strong>Art</strong>s Society, shared her experience<br />

stating, “I was mesmerized by the<br />

beautiful & competing artworks<br />

received by all our gifted participants.<br />

It was difficult to choose as each<br />

<strong>of</strong> them was distinct in their way.<br />

Mr Khalil & I thoroughly reviewed<br />

& discussed several times before<br />

finalizing the winners and are glad to<br />

be here today as such an opportunity<br />

encourages young & brilliant artists &<br />

provides them with a platform for their<br />

gift.”<br />

Mr Ashok Verma, senior<br />

photojournalist for Emirates Today<br />

and Emarat Al Youm – Dubai Media<br />

Inc. Dubai Government, added that “I<br />

am glad that the photographers took<br />

the first step by participating. Taking<br />

the first step is the mantra for future<br />

victories. I am thrilled to see such a<br />

competition being organized and<br />

“I was mesmerized by the beautiful & competing<br />

artworks received by all our gifted participants.<br />

It was difficult to choose as each <strong>of</strong> them was<br />

distinct in their way." - Dr Najat Makki<br />

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boosting talent here in UAE.”<br />

“All the artworks displayed in the<br />

gallery were mesmerizing. It was<br />

an amazing experience to converse<br />

with the artists and learn about the<br />

inspiration behind each piece. The<br />

event put up by ARTOZE Gallery<br />

and Exhibition and Al Hathboor<br />

Group was a treat to watch and I am<br />

extremely glad that these artists and<br />

photographers got an opportunity to<br />

showcase their talent.”, Varsha Sureka,<br />

an art influencer stated.<br />

In the photography competition,<br />

the Grand Prize was awarded to<br />

Salem Alsawafi. The other top<br />

three finalists for photography<br />

were – Ferdinand Bedana, Roudha<br />

Mohammad Alsuwaidi and Crisencio<br />

Bernabe. In the art competition –<br />

kids category, the 1st Prize went to<br />

Anaishaan Sidhwa, the 2nd prize<br />

went to Carys Bridget D’souza and<br />

the 3rd prize to Muhammad Sandila.<br />

The other top four finalists were<br />

Shashank Balajiprasad, Rawan Abdul<br />

Fattah Malha, <strong>May</strong>a Fareed and<br />

Hana Fayez.<br />

In the art competition – adult<br />

category, the Grand Prize went to<br />

Cresencio Bernabe. The 1st Prize for<br />

the same category went to Gomathi<br />

Shiva, the 2nd prize went to Onareen<br />

Ferdinand and the 3rd prize went<br />

to Mirna El Osta. The other top 6<br />

finalists were Inga Butkute, Ji-Hye<br />

Kim, Lena El Amin, Miriam Koki,<br />

Muhammed Moazam and<br />

Wafaa Jamil.<br />

The ceremony concluded by the<br />

finalists being awarded the prizes<br />

and a chance to showcase their<br />

artworks throughout the day at<br />

the venue.<br />

-event@magzoid.com<br />

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Street artist JR unveils a towering<br />

optical illusion in Florence, Italy<br />

As half <strong>of</strong> Italy heads<br />

back into lockdown,<br />

the French artist<br />

JR has unveiled a<br />

major installation on<br />

the façade <strong>of</strong> the Palazzo Strozzi<br />

in Florence that stresses the<br />

importance <strong>of</strong> maintaining access to<br />

culture during the public health crisis.<br />

The 91-foot spectacle, titled “La<br />

Ferita” or “The Wound”, scales the<br />

Palazzo’s Renaissance façade and<br />

simulates a giant gaping hole in<br />

the front <strong>of</strong> the building. Inside the<br />

architectural tear is an imagined<br />

vision <strong>of</strong> the Palazzo’s interior,<br />

made real by a black and white<br />

photographic collage. The museum’s<br />

director, <strong>Art</strong>uro Galansino, says<br />

that the symbolic wound references<br />

the suffering <strong>of</strong> cultural institutions<br />

that have been forced to close or<br />

otherwise restrict access to their<br />

collections.<br />

“What all these lockdowns have<br />

shown us very clearly is that people<br />

are hungry for culture. They want<br />

to access exhibitions, museums,<br />

libraries, theaters, cinemas, to have<br />

culture back as a fundamental part<br />

<strong>of</strong> their lives,” Galansino tells <strong>Art</strong>net<br />

News. “We want this work to be<br />

seen as an invitation to rediscover<br />

a direct relationship with art and to<br />

explore new forms <strong>of</strong> sharing and<br />

participation—a call to action for art<br />

and culture in this difficult moment.”<br />

JR began his career at age 13<br />

as a graffiti artist in France. His<br />

work, which has been exhibited on<br />

staircases, train carriages and even<br />

atop the Louvre, is a fusion <strong>of</strong> street<br />

art and photography. In his 2015<br />

book “Can art change the world?”<br />

“The beauty <strong>of</strong> our city is an important<br />

legacy which must be experienced and<br />

activated by the people,”<br />

JR writes, “Images are not special.<br />

It is what you do with them.” JR’s<br />

readiness to place context above<br />

content has brought him international<br />

acclaim.<br />

The illusory gash across Palazzo<br />

Strozzi symbolizes the wound all<br />

cultural sites have sustained due to<br />

ongoing pandemic restrictions. The<br />

art industry has been devastated by<br />

the ongoing shutdown <strong>of</strong> museums,<br />

galleries, libraries, theaters and<br />

cinemas — with even the most<br />

revered institutions struggling to<br />

get back on their feet. “(“La Ferita”)<br />

makes visible the deep impact <strong>of</strong><br />

Covid-19 on culture,” says JR.<br />

With the intention to support<br />

the creation and promotion <strong>of</strong><br />

contemporary art in Italy, the<br />

installation also launches the<br />

Palazzo Strozzi’s new Future <strong>Art</strong><br />

Programme. The director hope to<br />

be able to reopen the museum’s<br />

doors as soon as possible. In the<br />

meantime, Galansino speaks <strong>of</strong> a<br />

quiet city that has been denuded<br />

<strong>of</strong> the domestic and international<br />

tourists that are usually part <strong>of</strong> the<br />

fabric <strong>of</strong> daily life. “The beauty <strong>of</strong><br />

our city is an important legacy which<br />

must be experienced and activated<br />

by the people,” he says, adding that<br />

the successive shutdowns have<br />

damaged “not only the economy <strong>of</strong><br />

our territory but also our identity and<br />

our lifestyle.”<br />

“Florence is an extraordinary city<br />

and no lockdown can change that,”<br />

he stresses. “But we need clarity on<br />

the future to be able to properly move<br />

forward and develop plans to work<br />

with artists, cooperate with cultural<br />

partners, and fundraise in the most<br />

effective way.”<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

32 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

Large Typewriters by William Kentridge sets record<br />

in London<br />

Large Typewriters (2003),<br />

a large-scale drawing by<br />

William Kentridge sold for<br />

£682,750 ($935,000) at an<br />

auction in London, setting a<br />

new record for a drawing by the South<br />

African artist. The drawing is made<br />

using charcoal and pastel, which<br />

depicts two vintage typewriters.<br />

5 bidders competed for the work<br />

during a contemporary art sale at<br />

Bonhams in London. The drawing<br />

was estimated to fetch £350,000–<br />

£550,000 ($480,000–$755,000). It<br />

went to a buyer in Asia.<br />

The drawing features one <strong>of</strong> the<br />

recurring motifs in Kentridge’s oeuvre,<br />

which comprises mainly black<br />

and white drawings. Ralph Taylor,<br />

Bonhams global head <strong>of</strong> postwar and<br />

contemporary art, said in a statement<br />

that the drawing is “a perfect example<br />

The drawing is<br />

made using charcoal<br />

and pastel, which<br />

depicts two vintage<br />

typewriters. 5 bidders<br />

competed for the work<br />

during a contemporary<br />

art sale at Bonhams<br />

in London.<br />

<strong>of</strong> Kentridge’s practice.” The drawings<br />

has appeared at the auction for the first<br />

time. . Before the seller acquired it, it<br />

was in the art collection <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Melbourne-based oil and gas<br />

company BHP Billiton.<br />

Kentridge’s bold artistic vision has<br />

seen him become one <strong>of</strong> the world’s<br />

most sought-after artists by museums<br />

and collectors alike. His work can be<br />

found in the collections <strong>of</strong> some <strong>of</strong><br />

the most prestigious museums in<br />

the world, including the MoMA, New<br />

York, Tate Modern, London, and<br />

the Museum <strong>of</strong> Contemporary <strong>Art</strong>,<br />

Chicago among many others.<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

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What's an NFT?<br />

What do you even do with a $69 million artwork that doesn’t<br />

physically exist? This was a question asked to the Singaporebased<br />

investor calling himself Metakovan, who made headlines<br />

buying the digital artwork “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” by<br />

the American artist Beeple at Christie’s.<br />

How, Why, What, Seriously?<br />

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What's an NFT?<br />

NFT stands for non-fungible<br />

token. Non-fungible is an economic<br />

term that one could use to describe<br />

things like their furniture, a song<br />

file, or their computer. These things<br />

are not interchangeable for other<br />

items because they have unique<br />

properties. Fungible items, on the<br />

other hand, can be exchanged<br />

because their value defines them<br />

rather than their unique properties.<br />

NFTs are tokens that we can use<br />

to represent ownership <strong>of</strong> unique<br />

items. They let us tokenize things<br />

like art, collectibles, and even<br />

real estate. They can only have<br />

one <strong>of</strong>ficial owner at a time and<br />

they're secured by the Ethereum<br />

blockchain – no one can modify the<br />

record <strong>of</strong> ownership or copy/paste<br />

a new NFT into existence.<br />

Some NFTs can mechanically<br />

pay royalties to their creators<br />

once they are sold. This is<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten still a developing concept<br />

however it’s one <strong>of</strong> the foremost<br />

powerful. Original owners <strong>of</strong> Euler<br />

Beats Originals earn an 8%<br />

royalty every time the NFT is<br />

sold on. And a few platforms,<br />

like Foundation and Zora, support<br />

royalties for his or her artists.<br />

This is totally automatic therefore<br />

creators will simply sit back and<br />

earn royalties as their work is<br />

sold from person to person. At the<br />

moment, reckoning out royalties<br />

is extremely manual and lacks<br />

accuracy – plenty <strong>of</strong> creator’s don’t<br />

get paid what they deserve. If their<br />

NFT features a royalty programmed<br />

into it, they’ll never miss out.<br />

<strong>Art</strong>ists can move from one<br />

blockchain to another blockchain<br />

platform with less ambient impact.<br />

They already find ways in which<br />

they can bend NFT technology in<br />

different yet helpful ways. Some,<br />

for instance, are fixing their tokens<br />

so they’re compensated whenever<br />

their work is resold, like an actor<br />

obtaining a royalty cheque when<br />

their show airs as a rerun. And<br />

artists, who are a part <strong>of</strong> NFTbased<br />

social media sites, receive<br />

fragmental possession within the<br />

platform and may receive direct<br />

compensation for the work they<br />

produce through the network,<br />

in sharp contrast to existing<br />

tech giants like Facebook and<br />

Instagram.<br />

How does NFT relate with art?<br />

Digital art has been underrated<br />

for a long time; as a result <strong>of</strong><br />

it’s so freely available. To assist<br />

artists create monetary worth<br />

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Someone creates a piece <strong>of</strong><br />

art<br />

This is the first step: the art<br />

in question could be a digital<br />

painting, a piece <strong>of</strong> music, a<br />

short story, or really anything<br />

you can trade and sell via the<br />

internet.<br />

The deal<br />

A buyer agrees to purchase the NFT, and they will be the sole<br />

owner <strong>of</strong> the original. The artist will retain copyright. The original<br />

NFT an be copied, like a 2nd edition <strong>of</strong> a novel or a reprint <strong>of</strong><br />

a work <strong>of</strong> art, but there will always be pro<strong>of</strong> that it’s not the<br />

original, and the art may be lower quality than the original NFT.<br />

Re-printing<br />

From here, the NFT can<br />

be copied and sold as a<br />

non-original piece without<br />

the exclusively, and will<br />

be worth less based on the<br />

amount <strong>of</strong> times they’ve<br />

been traded.<br />

The Middlemen<br />

The piece <strong>of</strong> art is turned<br />

into an NFT, or a Non-<br />

Fungible Token. It’s the digital<br />

equivalent <strong>of</strong> an original<br />

Monet, or the first edition<br />

<strong>of</strong> a novel, and turning it<br />

into an NFT acts as pro<strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

authenticity.<br />

Why are they<br />

controversial?<br />

There is some evidence that the<br />

production <strong>of</strong> an NFT can use<br />

as much electricity as it would<br />

take to power a standard house<br />

in the EU for a day, meaning<br />

the greenhouse gas emission<br />

from creating an NFT are huge.<br />

NFTs will be accustomed purchase and sell<br />

possession <strong>of</strong> physical properties in a digital<br />

marketplace because they are a digital archive <strong>of</strong><br />

a real-world asset.<br />

for his or her work, NFTs add the<br />

crucial ingredient <strong>of</strong> scarcity. For<br />

a few collectors, if they grasp the<br />

initial version <strong>of</strong> something exists,<br />

they’re more doubtless to crave<br />

the “authentic” piece. Insufficiency<br />

explains why baseball-card<br />

collectors, for example, are willing<br />

to pay $3.12 million for a chunk <strong>of</strong><br />

cardboard with an image <strong>of</strong> Honus<br />

Wagner, a legendary Pittsburgh<br />

Pirate. It can be more durable to<br />

understand why digital art, or any<br />

other digital file, has value. Some<br />

digital-art collectors say they’re<br />

paying not only for pixels however<br />

additionally for digital artists’ labor–<br />

in part; the movement is an attempt<br />

to economically countenance<br />

associate rising art form.<br />

How are NFTs created?<br />

Are you interested in learning to<br />

make and sell NFTs? The process<br />

<strong>of</strong> creating an NFT is known as<br />

“minting,” which refers to how a maker<br />

creates a physical coin. NFTs are<br />

generated in an NFT marketplace,<br />

where a creator uploads a digital file<br />

and decides whether it is a unique<br />

item, has many copies, or is part <strong>of</strong><br />

a series, for example a painting or a<br />

sculpture.<br />

The owner <strong>of</strong> the NFT will sell it in<br />

an auction on the marketplace after<br />

it has been produced. While the<br />

majority <strong>of</strong> NFTs are currently run<br />

on the Ethereum blockchain, other<br />

blockchains, such as WAX, can mint<br />

digital tokens on which developers<br />

can connect files.<br />

How to buy and sell artworks on<br />

NFT?<br />

If one is an artist or content creator<br />

<strong>of</strong> some kind, looking to make a<br />

buck (or potentially several million<br />

bucks) <strong>of</strong>f <strong>of</strong> work that is otherwise<br />

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not inherently monetizable? One<br />

could make their piece an NFT. Say<br />

if an artist has a doodle and they<br />

want to turn into an NFT, or a comic<br />

strip, or something like Nyan Cat,<br />

the animated cat with a Pop-Tart<br />

body and a rainbow trail, which just<br />

sold as an NFT for about $580,000.<br />

The process differs from site to<br />

site, and some charge a fee (to<br />

cover the computational "gas"<br />

needed for the transaction on<br />

platforms like Ethereum). But<br />

they can start on platforms like<br />

Nifty Gateway, where one can apply<br />

to create a project to be sold as an<br />

NFT on their marketplace. There are<br />

a variety <strong>of</strong> marketplaces on which<br />

to buy and sell NFTs : Nifty Gateway,<br />

Makers Place, and Rarible are just<br />

a few <strong>of</strong> many. For NBA highlight<br />

collectibles, check out NBA Top<br />

Shot - where $230 million has<br />

already been spent trading tokens,<br />

or "moments."<br />

How do NFTs work?<br />

NFTs have some special properties:<br />

Each token minted has a unique<br />

identifier.<br />

They're not directly interchangeable<br />

with other tokens 1:1. For<br />

example 1 ETH is exactly the same<br />

as another ETH. This isn't the case<br />

with NFTs.<br />

Each token has an owner and<br />

this information is easily verifiable.<br />

They live on Ethereum and<br />

can be bought and sold on any<br />

Ethereum-based NFT market.<br />

Ethereum is an open-source,<br />

blockchain-based, decentralized<br />

s<strong>of</strong>tware platform used for its own<br />

cryptocurrency.<br />

In other words, if one owns<br />

an NFT:<br />

One can easily prove one own it.<br />

No one can manipulate it in<br />

any way.<br />

One can sell it, and in some<br />

cases this will earn the original<br />

creator resale royalties.<br />

Or, one can hold it forever,<br />

resting comfortably knowing their<br />

asset is secured by their wallet<br />

on Ethereum.<br />

And if one creates an NFT:<br />

One can easily prove they're the<br />

creator.<br />

One determines the scarcity.<br />

One can earn royalties every<br />

time it's sold.<br />

One can sell it on any NFT market<br />

or peer-to-peer. They're not locked<br />

in to any platform and one doesn’t<br />

need anyone to intermediate.<br />

Benefits <strong>of</strong> Non-Fungible Token-<br />

Digital interactions have been<br />

transformed by NFTs. Let’s talk<br />

about some <strong>of</strong> the advantages <strong>of</strong><br />

this cryptocurrency.<br />

Limited- The value <strong>of</strong> NFTs<br />

comes from their scarcity. NFT<br />

developers have the ability to create<br />

an infinite number <strong>of</strong> non-fungible<br />

tokens, and they <strong>of</strong>ten change the<br />

tokens to maximize interest.<br />

Indivisible- Most NFTs are<br />

indivisible into smaller units. If you<br />

pay the full price <strong>of</strong> a digital item,<br />

you will not be entitled to access it.<br />

Unique- NFTs have a strong<br />

information tab that explains their<br />

uniqueness. This information is<br />

completely safe and accurate.<br />

Easily Transferable: NFTs are<br />

purchased and sold on unique<br />

markets. The use <strong>of</strong> NFTs is based<br />

on their uniqueness.<br />

Trustworthy: Non-fungible<br />

tokens are used in blockchain<br />

technologies. As a result, you<br />

should be certain that your NFT<br />

is correct since counterfeiting is<br />

difficult for a decentralized and<br />

permanent record.<br />

Maintain Ownership Rights:<br />

This refers to a network <strong>of</strong> shared<br />

platforms the size <strong>of</strong> an NFT,<br />

where no buyer can change the<br />

data later.<br />

This is <strong>of</strong>ten still a developing concept<br />

however it’s one <strong>of</strong> the foremost<br />

powerful. Original owners <strong>of</strong> Euler<br />

Beats Originals earn an 8% royalty<br />

every time the NFT is sold on<br />

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What are the risks associated<br />

With NFTs?<br />

NFTs, as any modern quality<br />

within the early stages <strong>of</strong> growth<br />

and acceptance, bear some risk<br />

as a result <strong>of</strong> they are quite a great<br />

distance from thought adoption. If a<br />

customer decides to get an NFT and<br />

competition in commercialism them<br />

eventually stalls or even declines,<br />

rates can fall, exploit the client with<br />

giant losses. Non-Fungible Tokens<br />

(NFTs) aren't exempt from fraud.<br />

NFTs purporting to be the work<br />

<strong>of</strong> well-known artists have sold for<br />

many thousands <strong>of</strong> greenbacks<br />

solely to be discovered to be<br />

fraudulent. NFTs, together with bit<br />

coins, perhaps hacked supported<br />

how they are stored.<br />

What is the importance <strong>of</strong> NFTs?<br />

NFTs will be accustomed<br />

purchase and sell possession <strong>of</strong><br />

physical properties in a digital<br />

marketplace because they are a<br />

digital archive <strong>of</strong> a real-world asset.<br />

This has the ability to launch the<br />

NFT revolution in rare and valuable<br />

item shopping for and sale.<br />

One might be interested in NFTs<br />

because it gives one a way to sell<br />

work that there otherwise might<br />

not be much <strong>of</strong> a market for. If one<br />

comes up with a really cool digital<br />

sticker idea, what would they do<br />

with it? Where would they sell it?<br />

Also, NFTs have a feature that<br />

enables one the opportunity that<br />

will pay them a percentage every<br />

time the NFT is sold or changes<br />

hands, making sure that if their<br />

work gets super popular and<br />

increases in value, they would get<br />

some <strong>of</strong> that benefit.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> the obvious benefits <strong>of</strong><br />

buying art is it lets one financially<br />

support artists they like, and<br />

that’s true with NFTs (which are<br />

way trendier than, like, Telegram<br />

stickers). Buying an NFT also<br />

usually gets one some basic usage<br />

rights, like being able to post the<br />

image online or set it as their<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>ile picture. Plus, <strong>of</strong> course,<br />

there are bragging rights that they<br />

own the art, with a block chain<br />

entry to back it up.<br />

Ah, okay, yes. NFTs can work like<br />

any other speculative asset, where<br />

one can buy it and hope that the<br />

value <strong>of</strong> it goes up one day, so one<br />

can sell it for a pr<strong>of</strong>it.<br />

So yes, if you have any<br />

photograph, artwork, designs that<br />

you own digitally, you can actually<br />

start making crazy money out <strong>of</strong><br />

it. NFTs could be an option you<br />

can explore as enthusiasts have<br />

already started trading everything<br />

on NFT which also includes<br />

virtual real estate properties which<br />

doesn’t even exist. Yes, you heard<br />

it right!<br />

- ib@magzoid.com<br />

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Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

Bronze statue <strong>of</strong> Ruth Bader Ginsburg<br />

unveiled in Brooklyn<br />

A<br />

bronze statue honoring<br />

Ruth Bader Ginsburg<br />

was unveiled in her<br />

native town <strong>of</strong> Brooklyn.<br />

The date was chosen<br />

to commemorate the 88th birthday<br />

<strong>of</strong> the late U.S. Supreme Court<br />

Justice, who died Sept. 18, 2020,<br />

after serving 27 years on the nation’s<br />

highest court.<br />

The work <strong>of</strong> Gillie and Marc, the<br />

statue is the latest in the Australian<br />

artist duo’s “Statues for Equality”<br />

series, launched near Rockefeller<br />

Center. The initial project honored<br />

Oprah Winfrey, Pink, Nicole Kidman,<br />

Jane Goodall, Cate Blanchett,<br />

Tererai Trent, Janet Mock, Tracy<br />

Dyson, Cheryl Strayed, and Gabby<br />

Douglas with life-size bronzes.<br />

The artists hope to draw attention to<br />

the lack <strong>of</strong> monuments honoring real<br />

“The statue<br />

reflects her wish<br />

to be depicted in a<br />

dignified manner,”<br />

life women in New York. Until recently,<br />

there were only five civic sculptures<br />

<strong>of</strong> historic women, compared to<br />

145 <strong>of</strong> men. Last summer, Central<br />

Park unveiled the Women’s Rights<br />

Pioneers Monument, honoring<br />

Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady<br />

Stanton, and Sojourner Truth. It was<br />

the first new permanent sculpture<br />

in the park in 70 years, and its first<br />

honoring a historic woman.<br />

Gille and Marc got Ginsburg’s<br />

approval for their statue before her<br />

death. “The statue reflects her wish<br />

to be depicted in a dignified manner,”<br />

they said in a statement. “With the two<br />

steps on its large base representing<br />

the Supreme Court and the climb<br />

she made to get there, the work is<br />

designed to provide the public with<br />

an opportunity to stand at her side,<br />

and gain inspiration from her journey<br />

fighting for equal rights.”<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

40 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />


Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

Banksy exhibition comes to Dubai<br />

<strong>Art</strong>work by the British<br />

graffiti artist Banksy<br />

is set to go on display<br />

at Dubai’s Mall <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Emirates from April<br />

5 to June 30. The exhibition will<br />

feature 120 original works brought to<br />

Dubai by The World <strong>of</strong> Banksy – The<br />

Immersive Experience.<br />

This exhibition is said to be the<br />

largest Banksy exhibition. Visitors will<br />

be able to view <strong>of</strong>ficial reproductions<br />

<strong>of</strong> some <strong>of</strong> Banksy’s most inspirational<br />

creations, including frames and<br />

murals such as Girl with a Balloon,<br />

Flower Thrower and Mobile Lovers.<br />

Tickets for the public exhibition will<br />

be available for sale soon. The exhibit<br />

will be open to the public, with tickets<br />

costing Dh75 for adults and Dh45 for<br />

those under the age <strong>of</strong> 12. There will<br />

also be a Dh110 VIP ticket that allows<br />

for queue-jumping and another VVIP<br />

pass, with a guide on demand, is in<br />

the works, but the price is yet to be<br />

confirmed.<br />

It has also been said that The<br />

Banksy may be one<br />

<strong>of</strong> the art world’s<br />

most famous names,<br />

but his identity<br />

remains unknown.<br />

<strong>Art</strong> <strong>of</strong> Banksy is the world’s largest<br />

touring exhibition <strong>of</strong> the mysterious<br />

street artist’s work, with more than<br />

110 original works, prints on different<br />

kinds <strong>of</strong> materials, photos, sculptures<br />

and more. The artist himself is not<br />

affiliated with either <strong>of</strong> the exhibitions.<br />

Banksy may be one <strong>of</strong> the art<br />

world’s most famous names, but his<br />

identity remains unknown. Banksy<br />

is known for using his graffiti to<br />

make political statements and has<br />

produced a number <strong>of</strong> pieces in<br />

the occupied Palestinian territories,<br />

including satirical drawings on the<br />

Israeli barrier wall built through the<br />

West Bank.<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

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Thomas Löffler in conversation with Magzoid.<br />

250+ artists from over 27 countries, presenting more than 2000 artworks, with<br />

great sales marked an immense success <strong>of</strong> the World <strong>Art</strong> Dubai, <strong>2021</strong><br />

World <strong>Art</strong> Dubai<br />

returned for<br />

its seventh<br />

edition bringing<br />

contemporary<br />

art from all over the world to the<br />

increasing art demand <strong>of</strong> the Middle<br />

East. At World <strong>Art</strong> Dubai, the buyers<br />

connected with exhibitors and bought<br />

affordable and stunning artworks.<br />

The exhibition united galleries and<br />

artists from around the world, each<br />

with their distinctive strive against<br />

art. There were 400+ artists, 150+<br />

exhibitors from the 5 continents.<br />

From rising Emirati artists, pop-art<br />

icons, and fashion art disrupters,<br />

to experimental expressionists<br />

and photography practitioners, the<br />

exhibition was an eclectic melting<br />

pot <strong>of</strong> artistic style. World <strong>Art</strong> Dubai<br />

embraced an expansive array <strong>of</strong><br />

cultures and magnificence.<br />

Thomas Löffler, the Vice President<br />

<strong>of</strong> World Trade Centre during an<br />

exclusive interview with Magzoid<br />

says,<br />

What is your vision?<br />

World <strong>Art</strong> Dubai is the most<br />

accessible and affordable art fair in<br />

the region and our vision is to support<br />

the emerging artists and their careers<br />

from the start by providing them a<br />

platform to grow. We hope to create a<br />

platform to invite a new generation <strong>of</strong><br />

art buyers who start appreciating art.<br />

In the last seven years, many <strong>of</strong> the<br />

artists who started here have grown<br />

into international renowned artists.<br />

Therefore, focusing on emerging<br />

artists something that is very close<br />

to our hearts.<br />

Despite covid, an event at this<br />

scale must have a lot going behind.<br />

Would you like to comment on<br />

that?<br />

In line with Dubai government<br />

guidelines, we have taken a lot <strong>of</strong><br />

precautions and safety measures<br />

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taking place. We had wider aisles<br />

so that people can appreciate art<br />

from a distance and also have social<br />

distancing measures in place. Hand<br />

sanitizers were placed everywhere.<br />

We knew how many people were<br />

present in the gallery at any point in<br />

time as the entry points <strong>of</strong> the venue<br />

were equipped with technology. A<br />

contactless registration process was<br />

ensured. All the visitors bought their<br />

tickets online and scanned a QR<br />

code to get into the venue. We also<br />

had partnered with a service called<br />

fine art where people can scan the<br />

artworks through their phones and<br />

get all the information about the art,<br />

the artists and the price <strong>of</strong> the art<br />

pieces all on their mobile phones.<br />

All the guidelines given by Dubai<br />

Government were strictly followed to<br />

keep it safe for everyone and make<br />

the event a great success.<br />

How do you see this exhibition<br />

to be?<br />

Last year in October, we had a<br />

three-day event. But because <strong>of</strong> the<br />

strong demand by our exhibitors and<br />

the visitors we decided to open the<br />

event for an additional day. We could<br />

already see plenty <strong>of</strong> visitors coming<br />

in on the first day and we believed<br />

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that the show is going to be slightly<br />

busier on the weekends. Overall, we<br />

got the guidelines in place and were<br />

very confident that it is going to be a<br />

successful event same as it was in<br />

October 2020.<br />

How many artists and galleries<br />

are you housing this time?<br />

In 2020, we had more than 125<br />

artists and galleries. Now 7 months<br />

later, we have over 250 artists from<br />

over 27 countries, presenting more<br />

than 2000 artworks at the event.<br />

What message do you have for<br />

the exhibitors, artists, and the art<br />

fraternity?<br />

Come and enjoy the event,<br />

and enjoy the art. The show has<br />

developed over the last 7 years.<br />

We would like to invite everybody to<br />

come and enjoy the show and speak<br />

to the artist. This is one such event<br />

where one can meet the artists and<br />

understand the story behind the<br />

artworks.<br />

-event@magzoid.com<br />

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Black & White Mountain<br />

Oil on canvas, 120×100cm<br />

It's about Mountain at night, at very cold weather. The only<br />

light comes from the Moon, which illuminates its slopes. Clouds<br />

like a smoke dispersed over its peak...sound as if you hear<br />

whistling <strong>of</strong> a wind <strong>of</strong> a high altitude.<br />

Towers <strong>of</strong> Paine & Milky Way<br />

Mix media on canvas: 90×120cm<br />

It's about mountains Tores <strong>of</strong> Paine in Chile. They portraid from far away<br />

spreading over horizon. Above is vastness <strong>of</strong> the sky covered with Milky Way.<br />

Together with glow <strong>of</strong> multiple colours it brings tranquility and happiness, as if<br />

you can breath the fresh air enjoying appearing dawn.<br />

Colours I have been waiting for<br />

A colourful sky that we all love to see<br />

especially in the times <strong>of</strong> covid when<br />

everything seems full and gloomy. Painted<br />

on scrap wooden plank.<br />

Advay Sureka<br />

Emirates<br />

International School<br />

- Jumeirah<br />

Student <strong>of</strong> Year 2<br />

Even they have<br />

a life<br />

The eyes <strong>of</strong> the<br />

giraffe looking<br />

numb as the<br />

humans have been<br />

destroying their<br />

habitat by cutting<br />

down trees<br />

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Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

Twin <strong>of</strong> Michelangelo’s David unveiled as a stunning<br />

centrepiece <strong>of</strong> Italy’s Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion<br />

A<br />

spectacular 3D replica<br />

<strong>of</strong> Michelangelo’s worldfamous<br />

David sculpture<br />

has been installed at the<br />

centre <strong>of</strong> the Italy Pavilion<br />

at Expo 2020 Dubai – a cultural<br />

highlight <strong>of</strong> the next World Expo and<br />

an exciting addition to the UAE’s<br />

vibrant and thriving artistic scene.<br />

The unveiling follows months <strong>of</strong><br />

painstaking work by artists and<br />

innovators, which included 40 hours<br />

<strong>of</strong> digital scanning <strong>of</strong> the original<br />

16th-century marble artwork in<br />

Florence; the creation <strong>of</strong> a threedimensional<br />

digital model with a<br />

resolution <strong>of</strong> 146 thousandths <strong>of</strong> a<br />

millimetre; production by one <strong>of</strong> the<br />

world’s largest 3D printers; and hours<br />

<strong>of</strong> finishing touches by hand.<br />

It was revealed at a ceremony to<br />

mark the completion <strong>of</strong> the exterior <strong>of</strong><br />

the Italy Pavilion, attended by Luigi Di<br />

Maio, Italian Minister <strong>of</strong> Foreign Affairs<br />

and International Cooperation as well<br />

as His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan<br />

Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet<br />

Member, Minister <strong>of</strong> Tolerance and<br />

Coexistence, and Commissioner<br />

General <strong>of</strong> Expo 2020 Dubai; Her<br />

Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE<br />

Minister <strong>of</strong> State for International<br />

Cooperation and Director General,<br />

Expo 2020 Dubai; Her Excellency<br />

Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister <strong>of</strong><br />

Culture and Youth; and Her Excellency<br />

Hala Badri, Director General <strong>of</strong> Dubai<br />

Culture and <strong>Art</strong>s Authority; as well as<br />

Dario Nardella, <strong>May</strong>or <strong>of</strong> Florence;<br />

and Paolo Glisenti, Commissioner<br />

General <strong>of</strong> Italy at Expo 2020 Dubai.<br />

The David replica will be a highlight<br />

among the many rich and diverse<br />

cultural experiences that Expo<br />

2020 and its 190-plus participating<br />

countries will showcase during the<br />

six-month celebration <strong>of</strong> human<br />

creativity, innovation and ingenuity.<br />

Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi said:<br />

“The original David has captivated<br />

the world for centuries and is an<br />

iconic symbol <strong>of</strong> the Renaissance,<br />

and <strong>of</strong> Italian culture, heritage and<br />

artisanship more widely. As the<br />

region’s hub for arts and culture and<br />

with its own vibrant and dynamic<br />

artistic scene, the UAE is excited<br />

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Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

As the region’s hub for arts and culture and with<br />

its own vibrant and dynamic artistic scene, the<br />

UAE is excited to welcome this most accurate<br />

and sophisticated replica <strong>of</strong> the masterpiece ever<br />

created and share it with millions <strong>of</strong> visitors to<br />

Expo 2020 Dubai.”<br />

to welcome this most accurate<br />

and sophisticated replica <strong>of</strong> the<br />

masterpiece ever created and share<br />

it with millions <strong>of</strong> visitors to Expo 2020<br />

Dubai.”<br />

During the ceremony, attended by<br />

Dario Nardella, <strong>May</strong>or <strong>of</strong> Florence<br />

and Paolo Glisenti, Commissioner<br />

General <strong>of</strong> Italy at Expo 2020 Dubai,<br />

the Italy Pavilion’s three overturned<br />

hulls that form the country’s tricolour<br />

flag were also revealed.<br />

Based on the theme ‘Beauty<br />

connects people’, the Italy Pavilion is<br />

located in Expo’s Opportunity District.<br />

From 1 October <strong>2021</strong> to 31 March<br />

2022, it will invite visitors from across<br />

the world to discover an engaging<br />

story that touches upon the nation’s<br />

achievements in diverse fields<br />

including art, technology, engineering<br />

and sustainability.<br />

-news@magzoid.com<br />

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"Give me your shoes and I’ll paint the world for you", says Dasha Lapushka<br />

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Fashion and art are two<br />

disciplines that revolve<br />

around the same sphere<br />

that is creativity. The two<br />

worlds share a bridge<br />

that links them together. Dasha<br />

Lapushka, born in Belarus, has<br />

always had a spark for art with a<br />

particular interest in drawing. From<br />

her modelling career in Italy, she<br />

also started exploring her passion<br />

for arts after moving to Malta in 2019.<br />

Starting with creative pieces by<br />

using the luxurious shoes <strong>of</strong> famous<br />

designers instead <strong>of</strong> brushes, Dasha<br />

was set to explore a completely new<br />

genre <strong>of</strong> art which were pretty much<br />

unexplored till then. Being an ardent<br />

lover <strong>of</strong> shoes with a huge collection<br />

<strong>of</strong> over 400 pairs from various<br />

designers, the idea <strong>of</strong> using shoes<br />

for painting erupted, while looking at<br />

her shoes that she no longer wore<br />

or used. During the interview with<br />

Magzoid, this is how Dasha explains<br />

her magnificent journey towards<br />

making a mark in the industry.<br />

How did your artistic journey<br />

begin?<br />

Drawing has always been<br />

something I’m passionate about<br />

since I was 6. <strong>Art</strong> teachers at school<br />

adored me and have admired my<br />

sketches. Though I had hindrances<br />

from my family to pursue arts as<br />

my majors, I stood firm on my will<br />

to follow my passion and arranged<br />

for my studies independently at<br />

the Gianfranco De Meo Academy<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Art</strong> in Rome. During that, I won<br />

my first exhibition in Rome in 2018<br />

which boosted my confidence and<br />

marked as a turning point. Since that<br />

point, till today, I do not leave any<br />

stone unturned to make the best by<br />

Made for Miralem Pjianic,<br />

Barcelona football player<br />

creating opportunities and making<br />

the best out <strong>of</strong> them. “Uniqueness”<br />

is the mantra for any artist to stand<br />

out. It is quite difficult to find that<br />

uniqueness in the saturated market<br />

<strong>of</strong> today, but still it’s not impossible.<br />

I found that “uniqueness” when I<br />

defined my shoes as my brushes.<br />

What was the inspiration behind<br />

merging two <strong>of</strong> your greatest<br />

passions – <strong>Art</strong> and Fashion?<br />

During my modelling career in<br />

Italy for years, I began collecting<br />

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Used by Dasha<br />

to make the<br />

cover artwork<br />

The story behind naming the first abstract canvases<br />

“Squirshoes” is an interesting one. There is a Pokémon<br />

character named ‘Squirtle’ who sprays strong jets <strong>of</strong> water,<br />

whereas, I immerse shoes in buckets full <strong>of</strong> color and spray<br />

them from the shoes and hence the combination came out<br />

to be “Squirshoes”.<br />

Made in memory <strong>of</strong> Kobe Bryant and his daughter after helicopter crash<br />

shoes as one <strong>of</strong> my passion. My<br />

craziness started when I first entered<br />

Christian Louboutin and wore their<br />

red-soled shoes for the first time. I<br />

then combined art and fashion by<br />

painting with shoes from popular<br />

brands when I moved to Malta. That<br />

was possibly the birth <strong>of</strong> this concept<br />

<strong>of</strong> painting with shoes which I named<br />

as “Squirshoes”.<br />

“Squirshoes” is a very unique<br />

form <strong>of</strong> art that we have come<br />

across! How did you come up<br />

with the name “Squirshoes” and<br />

what’s the story behind it?<br />

The story behind naming the first<br />

abstract canvases “Squirshoes”<br />

is an interesting one. There is a<br />

Pokémon character named ‘Squirtle’<br />

who sprays strong jets <strong>of</strong> water,<br />

whereas, I immerse shoes in buckets<br />

full <strong>of</strong> color and spray them from the<br />

shoes and hence the combination<br />

came out to be “Squirshoes”. To mark<br />

the difference and showcase the<br />

uniqueness, I place the shoes that<br />

I have used for the artwork, next to<br />

the canvas or glue onto the canvas<br />

itself, such as the one I made for<br />

footballer Miralem Pjanic with his<br />

soccer shoes. I never repeat any<br />

shoes for any other artwork as each<br />

<strong>of</strong> them have a complete different<br />

story that they showcase.<br />

With the kind <strong>of</strong> work that you are<br />

doing, you are creating a different<br />

league in the art industry. How<br />

do you plan on making your<br />

“Squirshoes” concept reach far<br />

and wide?<br />

<strong>Art</strong>, like all things, needs evolution<br />

and it does modify itself with time.<br />

My artform is a new idea that I<br />

want to gift it to the art fraternity. I<br />

hope that my journey with art will<br />

contribute to artistic innovation. I'd<br />

like to continue my vision <strong>of</strong> painting<br />

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What is that one quote that you<br />

abide by in your life?<br />

Once Marylin Monroe said, “Give<br />

a girl the right shoes and she<br />

can conquer the world!” and I say:<br />

"Give me your shoes and I’ll paint<br />

the world for you." Well, jokes apart,<br />

the artistic quotation that reflects me<br />

a lot is that <strong>of</strong> Pablo Picasso; "There<br />

are painters who paint the sun like a<br />

yellow spot, but there are others who,<br />

thanks to their art and intelligence,<br />

transform a yellow spot into the sun".<br />

with shoes, and hope to collaborate<br />

with brands in the future. There’s a<br />

lot that is possible with this concept<br />

<strong>of</strong> mine and I’m on it to make it reach<br />

far and wide.<br />

Each <strong>of</strong> your pieces <strong>of</strong> artwork<br />

has a very unique and different<br />

story behind it. What message<br />

does your work aim to portray?<br />

You are absolutely right! Each<br />

artwork carries a different story, an<br />

emotion and is highly personalized.<br />

I feel that we can learn about a<br />

person's personality traits from the<br />

shoes he or she wears. With shoes<br />

on the canvas, I tell stories. A bride<br />

wears her shoes to the wedding<br />

and then puts them in the closet<br />

may never look at it again. But<br />

with my artwork, the same shoes<br />

will be on a canvas in their home,<br />

making it a one-<strong>of</strong>-a-kind memory.<br />

One artwork <strong>of</strong> mine was for a boy<br />

who miraculously survived a car<br />

crash. His blood-stained shoes from<br />

the accident hangs on the wall in<br />

his bedroom. Whenever he looks<br />

at that artwork, he feels blessed<br />

to have been gifted a second life.<br />

Such pieces <strong>of</strong> works are just<br />

priceless and I’m grateful that I can<br />

create such moments for people.<br />

Out <strong>of</strong> all your extraordinary<br />

artworks, which are the ones that<br />

you are immensely proud <strong>of</strong>?<br />

I am connected to all <strong>of</strong> my<br />

artworks because they are like my<br />

children. It is always tough for me to<br />

let go <strong>of</strong> them when someone buys<br />

them from me. Undoubtedly, the<br />

first three canvases I made in Rome<br />

on the theme "fetish" shortly after<br />

graduating from the Academy are the<br />

ones to which I am most attached to.<br />

They are realistic oil paintings that<br />

have little to do with my method <strong>of</strong><br />

painting with shoes. They are the<br />

ones that embarked the stepping<br />

stones to my journey as an artist.<br />

What are the best resources that<br />

have helped you in your way?<br />

Surely my instincts, being there<br />

at the right time and with the right<br />

people who believe in me.<br />

What message and advice do you<br />

have for our readers?<br />

My message would be to always<br />

believe in one’s ideas and not to be<br />

influenced by people’s judgments. To<br />

fight for one’s dreams and to never<br />

give up.<br />

How do you feel being featured in<br />

the <strong>Magazine</strong>?<br />

I am very excited and grateful for<br />

this opportunity that you have given<br />

me. The cover is significant, but the<br />

material is what matters most, and<br />

I hope you enjoyed it. This feature<br />

means a lot to me. To know more<br />

about my work, please head on to<br />

my website and my Instagram.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Guest <strong>of</strong> Honour<br />

Read more at www.magzoid.com<br />

Eric Dailey<br />

The Louvre’s entire art collection goes online<br />

What is Eric Dailey Up To?<br />

Basketball event at Walt Disney<br />

“Today, the Louvre<br />

is dusting <strong>of</strong>f its<br />

treasures, even the<br />

least-known,”<br />

Basketball Competition on a cruise<br />

The Louvre museum in works on display, those on long-term advances in research”. The Louvre<br />

Paris has just put its entire loan and even works in storage. says its main website, Louvre.fr,<br />

collection online. The “Today, the Louvre is dusting <strong>of</strong>f received 21 million visits in 2020.<br />

entire Supporting collection youth consisting its treasures, even the least-known,” By comparison, the Louvre, one<br />

<strong>of</strong> more than 482,000 its president, Jean-Luc Martinez, <strong>of</strong> the most visited museums in the<br />

pieces will be on display online which<br />

makes it available for art lovers all<br />

over the world to view it from any<br />

where around for free.<br />

said in a statement. “For the first<br />

time, anyone can access the entire<br />

collection <strong>of</strong> works from a computer<br />

or smartphone for free, whether they<br />

world, welcomed about 10.2 million<br />

visitors in 2018. The new website<br />

has three main sections, including<br />

the explore section, which delves<br />

The Louvre launched a new are on display in the museum, on into the history <strong>of</strong> various parts <strong>of</strong> the<br />

website where digitized, highresolution<br />

loan, even long-term, or in storage.” museum and the artworks housed<br />

versions <strong>of</strong> the artworks<br />

can be viewed. Of the 482,000 items<br />

in the collection, more than three<br />

quarters have already been labelled<br />

To browse through the entire<br />

collection online, visitors can use<br />

simple or advanced search features<br />

and look through themed albums.<br />

inside. The Louvre closed to visitors<br />

at the start <strong>of</strong> the pandemic and<br />

briefly reopened over the summer<br />

with new COVID-19 precautions. The<br />

with information and pictures. The There is also an interactive map museum remains closed to visitors at<br />

database contains World works Basketball from Competition the that allows them Always to move supporting from his this son, time Eric due Dailey to Paris’s lockdown and<br />

Louvre and Musee National Eugene- one viewing room Jnr. to another. In is currently undergoing renovation<br />

Delacroix, as well as sculptures from addition, the Louvre said the website like adding new security systems,<br />

the Tuileries and Carrousel Gardens. is “updated regularly by museum cleaning sculptures, and reorganizing<br />

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“There is a creative flow in which both <strong>of</strong> us know what<br />

to do, without even communicating with each other”, says<br />

Ronny and Marcus a.k.a Ron Miller<br />

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Two people with two distinct<br />

sense <strong>of</strong> aesthetics,<br />

backgrounds, agendas,<br />

and visions coming<br />

together to create a single<br />

piece sounds intriguing when one<br />

hears about it. Similar is the case with<br />

Ron Miller. Being an artist duo has its<br />

own perks and excitement.<br />

Ron Miller is a Berlin-based<br />

artist duo formed by Ronny Kindt<br />

and Marcus Klüh, both self-taught<br />

artists. Their main focus is on<br />

creating original 2D & 3D works<br />

inspired by urban and conceptual<br />

art, with references to pop art and<br />

culture. Ronny and Marcus operate<br />

together as two complete opposites<br />

that complement and enrich each<br />

other. Their art benefits as a result<br />

<strong>of</strong> an extra pair <strong>of</strong> eyes, hands, and<br />

hearts, furthering their collective<br />

vision, enhancing their storytelling,<br />

deepening their understanding and<br />

ability to move and inspire.<br />

What is the story behind your<br />

friendship and how did you come<br />

up with the name ‘Ron Miller’?<br />

We know each other since daycare<br />

because our mothers were friends<br />

and used to spend a lot <strong>of</strong> time<br />

together. As a result, our friendship<br />

not only survived but thrived through<br />

all the stages <strong>of</strong> life: including growing<br />

up, going to school, and becoming<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essionals in our chosen fields,<br />

settling down, and becoming parents.<br />

A decision to start making art together<br />

was a very natural continuation <strong>of</strong> our<br />

life-long friendship and has brought it<br />

to the next level in the process. The<br />

name Ron Miller includes both <strong>of</strong> our<br />

names: RON for Ronny and MILLER<br />

for Marcus. A fictional ‘stage’ name<br />

was created to have the liberty <strong>of</strong><br />

immersing ourselves fully into our art.<br />

Two artists, one canvas is generally<br />

unheard <strong>of</strong>.<br />

What made you decide to create<br />

art together as a duo and how do<br />

you go about it?<br />

Having duos or trios may not be<br />

very common in the more ‘traditional’<br />

art world environment, but it is normal<br />

to have them. Our work process is<br />

such that one <strong>of</strong> us starts a work,<br />

and the other comes and works on<br />

top <strong>of</strong> that. Depending on our time,<br />

energy levels, and other pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

and family-related commitments the<br />

work is done taking turns. There<br />

is a creative flow in which both <strong>of</strong><br />

us know what to do, without even<br />

communicating with each other.<br />

What was the whole idea behind<br />

'The Trip' series?<br />

‘The Trip’ series was born out <strong>of</strong><br />

our longing to travel and discover<br />

the world, while not being able to do<br />

so physically. We both have families,<br />

work, and other commitments that<br />

prevent us from just picking up<br />

a backpack and going on some<br />

trip for an indefinite amount <strong>of</strong><br />

time. The series has this universal<br />

message rooted in a deeply personal<br />

experience. It seems to us that a lot<br />

<strong>of</strong> people might be relating to our<br />

feelings and thoughts, especially<br />

now in the times <strong>of</strong> the covid-19<br />

pandemic where travel for leisure is<br />

not happening.<br />

Mechanical Installations is an<br />

innovative and unique idea. How<br />

did you come up with the concept?<br />

The Mechanical work was<br />

created for an art fair (ARTMUC)<br />

where the main goal was to<br />

present our works in a more fun<br />

and interactive way, appealing to<br />

the general audience. Our aim was<br />

to bring in people and make them<br />

engage with artworks in the most<br />

physical way possible, instead <strong>of</strong><br />

just passively observing.<br />

Please tell us a bit about an artwork<br />

<strong>of</strong> yours that you are immensely<br />

proud <strong>of</strong>?<br />

Well, the creational process is such<br />

that it ‘gives birth’ to projects that<br />

have their meaning and importance,<br />

in any <strong>of</strong> the given points in time. For<br />

a parent, all the children are beloved<br />

and have equal merit in the eyes <strong>of</strong><br />

the parents. In that sense, there isn’t<br />

any specific series or paintings that<br />

we feel specifically strongly about,<br />

which reflect on our way <strong>of</strong> perceiving<br />

our work and the value behind it.<br />

What are the best resources that<br />

have helped you in your way?<br />

Being self-taught, we had to be<br />

resourceful in our ways and on our<br />

terms. What helped us in our artistic<br />

journey is the support <strong>of</strong> friends and<br />

family, as well as one specific patron<br />

who has been the key to providing us<br />

with some guidance and, occasionally,<br />

resources to continue creating<br />

and developing as artists. We feel<br />

extremely lucky and grateful for this.<br />

What are your plans for the future<br />

and what do we have to watch out<br />

for in the coming months?<br />

A new project with the code name<br />

‘Hope <strong>of</strong> Tomorrow’ that is meant to<br />

infuse our lives with more positivity<br />

and art, is on its way. As the pandemic<br />

is dragging on much longer than<br />

expected and the issue <strong>of</strong> vaccination<br />

is very much a current one, our motive<br />

is to address this through art on both<br />

local and international levels.<br />

What message and advice do you<br />

have for the readers?<br />

Thank you to everyone for taking<br />

the time to read about us. To know<br />

more about our work, check our<br />

website, https://ronmiller.de/ and our<br />

Instagram @ronmillerart.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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INSPIRE &<br />


featured artist Nikola Ćuljić<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

Saul Bellow, in his Nobel<br />

lecture on science and<br />

art in 1976 once said,<br />

“Only art penetrates<br />

what pride, passion,<br />

intelligence and habit erect on all<br />

sides – the seeming realities <strong>of</strong><br />

this world. There is another reality,<br />

the genuine one, which we lose<br />

sight <strong>of</strong>. This other reality is always<br />

sending us hints, which without art,<br />

we can’t receive. Proust calls these<br />

hints our “true impressions.” The<br />

true impressions, our persistent<br />

intuitions, will, without art, be<br />

hidden from us and we will be left<br />

with nothing but a ‘terminology for<br />

practical ends’ which we falsely call<br />

life.” <strong>Art</strong> is usually perceived as a<br />

means <strong>of</strong> detachment from reality,<br />

a key to unlocking some hidden<br />

means in the world that surrounds<br />

us. This is <strong>of</strong>ten not utterly true<br />

for art genres like Hyperrealism,<br />

wherever the road between reality<br />

and art is much erased in paintings<br />

and sculptures these artists create.<br />

Many branches <strong>of</strong> realism are<br />

targeted on manufacturing design<br />

that resembles a real-life image, a<br />

number <strong>of</strong> them even going more<br />

and beyond.<br />

Hyperrealism is also known as<br />

Photorealism, would not have been<br />

as big as a movement without some<br />

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INSPIRE &<br />


featured artist Nikola Ćuljić<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

A person can hardly differentiate between his drawings<br />

and the inspired pictures; it is completely astonishing to see<br />

how someone can be so accurate.<br />

notable photorealist that helped<br />

it move forward with its individual<br />

touch and Nikola Čuljić is specialized<br />

in realism and hyperrealism. During<br />

the pandemic, when everyone was<br />

a little overwhelmed, he didn’t<br />

get carried away and dedicated<br />

himself more to drawing and tried<br />

to come up with new content every<br />

single day.<br />

His message to the fellow artists<br />

is, “if something fails from the first<br />

attempt, you will succeed from<br />

the tenth”. With just one sentence<br />

he has put forward such a strong<br />

message.<br />

This Serbian artist developed<br />

his career as an artist 7 years ago,<br />

where he has reached the level <strong>of</strong><br />

world artists from simple drawings<br />

with a graphite pencil. He says,<br />

“Inspiration is everywhere but not<br />

every day. Sometimes you will find it<br />

in music, in nature, sometimes you<br />

will be inspired by another artist.<br />

It's relative”.<br />

He wants to prove that a pencil<br />

can create what at first glance<br />

seems to be a photograph<br />

or a living object through his<br />

aesthetically pleasing artistry. A<br />

person can hardly differentiate<br />

between his drawings and the<br />

inspired pictures; it is completely<br />

astonishing to see how someone<br />

can be so accurate. According to<br />

him, the most important thing is to<br />

find your direction. Find something<br />

you are the best at and go<br />

that way.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

62 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



Pablo Picasso Didn’t Steal<br />

the “Mona Lisa,” But….<br />

Pablo Picasso was many<br />

things during his prolific<br />

career – painter, sculptor,<br />

and playwright – but<br />

there’s one occupation<br />

that historians leave <strong>of</strong>f<br />

that list: accused art thief.<br />

On August 21, 1911,<br />

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona<br />

Lisa” was stolen from the<br />

Louvre. Eight days later, a<br />

man named Joseph Géry<br />

Pieret revealed to the Paris-<br />

Journal that Picasso and<br />

his friend, avant-garde<br />

poet Apollinaire, were<br />

in possession <strong>of</strong> Iberian<br />

sculptures that had also<br />

been stolen from the<br />

Louvre. This made Picasso<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the top suspects<br />

in the theft <strong>of</strong> Leonardo’s<br />

painting.<br />

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ARTIST<br />

PC<br />



“The brain stroke was more <strong>of</strong> a brain reset<br />

for me. I was determined to be an artist and<br />

here I am” - says Hermanni Pellinen<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

How did your journey as an artist begin?<br />

My father and grandfather were both artists and that’s where<br />

my first lessons began. Practicing every day made me realize<br />

my love for it. As I grew older, I started painting. Started with<br />

practicing landscapes, then some portraits and animals. When<br />

it was time for me to choose a career, everyone advised that as<br />

an artist I would not earn enough to support myself. So, I studied<br />

to be a practical nurse and was in that pr<strong>of</strong>ession for 20 years.<br />

It was in 2020, after the brain stroke that I began to be<br />

understand the importance <strong>of</strong> life, love and family. I painting<br />

named ‘heal’ and tried to connect to the whole universe with<br />

this painting. Three <strong>of</strong> my works called Heal, Defending Healer,<br />

and Brain reset were posted online I and got to participate in the<br />

Milan International Virtual <strong>Art</strong> Exhibition at the same time. The<br />

art exhibition has strengthened my artistic development and selfconfidence<br />

which resulted in the artist finally peeling <strong>of</strong>f his shell<br />

after 20 years <strong>of</strong> waiting!<br />

Born in Finland, self-taught artist Hermanni<br />

Pellinen started making paintings and<br />

portraits as a teenager. He decided to pursue<br />

art taking inspiration from his father’s abstract<br />

art. But it was in the year 2020 when things<br />

took a drastic turn. He was spending his honeymoon at<br />

the lighthouse when he had a brain stroke, after which<br />

he had to spend seven months at home. Not losing the<br />

will power, he trained back to life.<br />

Hermanni then took a paintbrush and started to paint<br />

all about his past life, frustrations, and sorrows. He<br />

says, "I consider my art as a tool to put sorrow away,<br />

let go fears and phobias. I want to heal people with my<br />

art and put caring and love in every artwork! My art<br />

contains powerful emotions!”<br />

What does art mean to you?<br />

For me, art means freedom, joy, energy, love, self-expression,<br />

comfort, and understanding. <strong>Art</strong> makes it possible to dispel pentup<br />

traumas and fears. Through my art, I wish to communicate joy,<br />

hope, love and care. <strong>Art</strong> can be done by anyone and is a universal<br />

way to bring out yourself and your own deepest feelings.<br />

Who was the strongest influence you had when in<br />

your growing up days?<br />

I have had strong influences in my life. Firstly my dad got<br />

me excited about the whole thing! Secondly, all the great artists<br />

in the world: Dali, Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, etc.<br />

Also, great musicians have influenced my art and life very<br />

much! Finnish musicians: Pelle Miljoona, Andy Mc Coy, Dave<br />

Lindholm, Ismo Alanko etc. World musicians/Bands: Nirvana,<br />

Red hot chili peppers, Ramones, Queen, David Bowie, Bob<br />

Marley, Madonna, etc.<br />

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PC<br />


ARTIST<br />

I have had strong<br />

influences in my life.<br />

Firstly my dad got<br />

me excited about the<br />

whole thing! Secondly,<br />

all the great artists in<br />

the world: Dali, Van<br />

Gogh, Michelangelo,<br />

Rembrandt, etc. Also,<br />

great musicians have<br />

influenced my art and<br />

life very much!<br />

Are there any specific subjects<br />

or themes you use regularly in<br />

your art?<br />

I see myself as a versatile artist and<br />

don’t want to compartmentalize myself<br />

into any single mold. My intention is<br />

to make all kinds <strong>of</strong> art like abstract<br />

art, portraits, landscapes, oil paints,<br />

photographs, charcoal drawings.<br />

Sometimes while waiting for the bus,<br />

I draw something on the ground with<br />

my shoe and <strong>of</strong>ten take a photo <strong>of</strong> it<br />

and put it on Instagram. Whenever<br />

I see anything interesting, I want to<br />

make it a work <strong>of</strong> art.<br />

Out <strong>of</strong> all your extraordinary<br />

artworks, which are the ones that<br />

you are immensely proud <strong>of</strong>?<br />

I am proud <strong>of</strong> every artwork. They all<br />

are very important to me, all the first<br />

ones, they are naive, but contain some<br />

deep stuff inside. From my latest ones<br />

Heal, King Eagle, Black Fire are the<br />

ones I like very much.<br />

Ever since you had the brain stroke<br />

how has it affected your art?<br />

After the stroke, I was pretty<br />

paralyzed at first. But when I<br />

realized I survived, I wanted to take<br />

everything out <strong>of</strong> myself! I wanted to<br />

show the world how one person can<br />

struggle, fight, do their best, believe in<br />

themselves and their dreams. I always<br />

wanted to be an artist, and I am one<br />

now because I chose to be. I push<br />

forward and do not give up. This is<br />

what the stroke caused. It did a brain<br />

reset for me.<br />

What is that one line <strong>of</strong> quote that<br />

you abide by in your life or you<br />

would like others to follow?<br />

"Love yourself, so you can<br />

love others".<br />

Where can the art enthusiasts buy<br />

your artwork?<br />

My studio is called Hemart <strong>Art</strong>works<br />

is located in Jyväskylä Finland. To know<br />

more about my work, please head on<br />

to my website: www.he-mart.com and<br />

my Instagram @hermannipellinen.<br />

What message and advice do you<br />

have for the readers?<br />

Be grateful for your life, and don’t<br />

take it for granted. No one is you and<br />

that is your power. You are special,<br />

Trust yourself. Do things now, life can<br />

end anytime, we don't know when.<br />

Love and respect everyone.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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ACROSS<br />

3. Term for an artistic process <strong>of</strong><br />

splashing ink on a blank piece <strong>of</strong> paper<br />

4. Blue, Green, Violet are this type<br />

<strong>of</strong> color<br />

7. The term for brightness and dullness<br />

<strong>of</strong> a color<br />

8. The number <strong>of</strong> versions <strong>of</strong> ‘The<br />

Scream’ Edvard Munch created<br />

9. Another word for color<br />

10. Main visual element in<br />

Impressionist painting<br />

DOWN<br />

1. The artist who was struck in<br />

his face with a mallet by an<br />

envious disfiguring him form life<br />

2. The art movement Yoko Ono was<br />

associated with in 1960s<br />

5. A principle <strong>of</strong> design in<br />

which the repetition <strong>of</strong> elements<br />

or combination <strong>of</strong> elements<br />

forms a recognizable<br />

organization<br />

6. Vermillion is a shade <strong>of</strong> this color<br />


1.Michelangelo<br />

2.Fluxus<br />

3.Bulletism<br />

4.Cool<br />

5.Pattern<br />

6.Red<br />

7.Intensity<br />

8.Five<br />

9.Hue<br />

10.Color<br />

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Da Vinci’s other most famous work—which can be seen in the Convent <strong>of</strong> Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy—originally<br />

included Jesus’ feet. But in 1652, while installing a doorway in the refectory where the painting is on view, builders cut into the<br />

bottom-center <strong>of</strong> the mural, lopping <strong>of</strong>f Jesus’ feet.<br />

Michelangelo’s David<br />

The marble slab that was<br />

eventually turned into the<br />

sculpture <strong>of</strong> David by Michelangelo<br />

in 1504 was cut 43 years earlier for<br />

an artist named Agostino di Duccio,<br />

who planned to turn it into a statue<br />

<strong>of</strong> Hercules. Di Duccio abandoned<br />

his sculpture, which was originally<br />

to be installed in a Florentine<br />

cathedral, and the marble<br />

was unused for 10 years until<br />

another sculptor, named Antonio<br />

Rossellino, decided to work with<br />

it. Rossellino also abandoned his<br />

work because he found marble too<br />

difficult to sculpt, and eventually<br />

Michelangelo began work on his<br />

sculpture in 1501.<br />

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INSPIRE &<br />


featured artist Uday Ganesh Mohite<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

While we examine our world today, we see an<br />

insurmountable wave <strong>of</strong> apprehension, prejudice and<br />

animosity expressed through societies <strong>of</strong> humans in<br />

opposition to every human being who is unique to<br />

them. While we take a glimpse into the past, we<br />

see artists have made sketches, cartoons, paintings, squiggles<br />

and many other forms <strong>of</strong> art to challenge these beliefs and<br />

came forward to support causes and explore these deep-rooted<br />

intimated questions. When you create artwork, you share your<br />

view, your history, your way <strong>of</strong> life, and yourself. When we look<br />

at the artwork from different cultures, convictions, orientations<br />

and perspectives, and study every difference, perhaps we<br />

eventually see a sense <strong>of</strong> togetherness.<br />

Uday Ganesh Mohite is an Indian illustrator, who specializes<br />

in cartoon art, caricature, and portrait making. His artistry<br />

aims to portray social enlightenments. He follows the trends<br />

<strong>of</strong> simplicity and style to convey his message. He developed<br />

his career by getting inspired by artists from across the<br />

globe, reading books, watching inspirational movies, and<br />

sharing ideas.<br />

Uday is proud <strong>of</strong> the fact that he can share his creations to a<br />

good number <strong>of</strong> audiences through social media. He appreciates<br />

and feels proud that people can relate to it and share his work. His<br />

message to fellow artisans is, “We must learn over time and keep<br />

learning new things. It is very important to keep learning and moving<br />

forward as an artist”. According to him, an artist is a lifelong learner<br />

and they must keep practicing and getting better day by day. An artist's<br />

biggest competition should be themselves.<br />

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INSPIRE &<br />


featured artist Uday Ganesh Mohite<br />

- Exclusive to Magzoid<br />

During the pandemic, the work from home opportunity helped him<br />

to focus a lot better on his artwork, and with the help <strong>of</strong> his artistry.<br />

During the pandemic, the work<br />

from home opportunity helped him<br />

to focus a lot better on his artwork,<br />

and with the help <strong>of</strong> his artistry, he<br />

could initiate social awareness. His<br />

greatest inspiration is R. K. Laxman,<br />

who was an Indian cartoonist,<br />

illustrator, and humorist, and mostly<br />

worked for local newspapers<br />

and magazines. He is also an<br />

ardent follower <strong>of</strong> Jack Davis, an<br />

American cartoonist and illustrator,<br />

known for his advertising art,<br />

magazine covers, film posters, record<br />

album art and numerous comic<br />

book stories and one <strong>of</strong> the founding<br />

cartoonists for Mad in 1952.<br />

-feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Vincent Van Gogh only<br />

sold one Painting – On<br />

Record<br />

Van Gogh <strong>of</strong>ficially<br />

sold one painting,<br />

“The Red Vineyard<br />

at Arles,” before<br />

committing suicide in<br />

1890. This is backed<br />

by authenticated<br />

documentation that<br />

shows the painting<br />

was sold to fellow<br />

painter Anna Boch in<br />

early 1890.<br />

Pierre-Auguste Renoir<br />

Painted Despite Crippling<br />

<strong>Art</strong>hritis<br />

Pierre-Auguste Renoir,<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the founders <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Impressionist movement,<br />

suffered from rheumatoid<br />

arthritis starting in 1892.<br />

Amazingly, Renoir continued<br />

to paint for the last 20<br />

years <strong>of</strong> his life despite<br />

the pain and limitations he<br />

suffered. Renoir could still<br />

hold a brush in his hand,<br />

but required an assistant to<br />

place it there first. With his<br />

brush in place, Renoir had an<br />

assistant stand by to arrange<br />

his palette as he painted. He<br />

also worked with a moving<br />

canvas so he could create<br />

larger works.<br />

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Serenity is a work <strong>of</strong><br />

charcoal inspired by<br />

the beauty <strong>of</strong> statues<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Buddha, carved<br />

out <strong>of</strong> stone. The style<br />

was experimental with<br />

the aim <strong>of</strong> achieving and<br />

evoking the texture and<br />

beauty <strong>of</strong> both the stone<br />

and the expression <strong>of</strong><br />

peace on the face.<br />

PC<br />

Onareen Ferdinand<br />

Pensive is a portrait <strong>of</strong><br />

my cat, who is rarely<br />

ever in a pensive state.<br />

When he does go into<br />

a state <strong>of</strong> stillness,<br />

I am left in awe <strong>of</strong><br />

his beauty and also<br />

amused by what he<br />

might be thinking <strong>of</strong>.<br />

The work is charcoal<br />

on s<strong>of</strong>t pastel paper.<br />

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This Ramadan, transport yourself to an enchanting world<br />

as you enter OUMSIAT for a signature experience set<br />

amidst the stunning green Courtyard surroundings <strong>of</strong><br />

The Meydan Hotel, a vibrant destination <strong>of</strong> contemporary<br />

luxury and exceptional dining with a hint <strong>of</strong> equestrian<br />

class. AED 190 per person inclusive <strong>of</strong> Iftar buffet and<br />

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Manal Al Dhuhoori<br />

Sunrays<br />

I have been always fascinated by photos <strong>of</strong> the sky creating<br />

sunrays penetrating through the clouds. It was a winter evening,<br />

where the breeze was cold and the sky was cloudy, I went for<br />

a walk and there it was, a master piece created. I seized the<br />

opportunity and captured the moment.<br />

"The Ancestors"<br />

Every secret <strong>of</strong> life I know, I learned at their knees.<br />

The wisdom they left in me<br />

swirl with love and all I ever need.<br />

Mahfuzur Rahman<br />

Alia Bin Ali<br />

King <strong>of</strong> birds<br />

This painting from my art<br />

work collection showcases<br />

in all his/her glory.<br />

With its wings spread,<br />

the bird symbolises<br />

absolute freedom and<br />

independence. By using<br />

acrylic colors, the falcon<br />

stands out against the sky,<br />

and is almost protruding<br />

from the canvas.<br />

Size : 120X90 cm<br />


<strong>Art</strong> TIPS<br />



The idea <strong>of</strong> Impressionism drives<br />

my imagination to another level, the<br />

visual outcomes <strong>of</strong> breaking forms<br />

into small brushstrokes, which creates<br />

a visible mixture <strong>of</strong> colours. There is<br />

an immediacy and serenity I found<br />

in impressionism painting; with each<br />

brush stroke I seize the fleeting<br />

moments. I have found my inspiration<br />

for doing impressionism painting from<br />

“Vincent Van Gogh”. My fascination with<br />

landscape impressionism is because my<br />

soul and feelings are the mirrored image<br />

<strong>of</strong> every fleeting second I paint on my<br />

canvases.<br />

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Stealing wasn’t easy I<br />

guess<br />

The painting “The Scream”<br />

was stolen the same<br />

day as the opening <strong>of</strong><br />

the 1994 Olympics; the<br />

thieves left a note saying<br />

“thanks for the poor<br />

security”.<br />

Michelangelo hiding<br />

during Political Turmoil<br />

Michelangelo hid under<br />

the Medici Chapel in<br />

Florence for 3 months<br />

during a period <strong>of</strong> political<br />

turmoil, occupying his<br />

time by sketching on<br />

the walls with charcoal.<br />

His whereabouts were<br />

a secret for almost 500<br />

years until the museum<br />

director stumbled upon<br />

the drawings in 1976.<br />

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