Magzoid Magazine - Luxury Magazine in the Creative Space | September 2022

The September 2022 issue of Magzoid Magazine features an amazing cover artwork by Michael Angelo Guadalupe, an exceptional artist from Puerto Rico. This edition includes a glimpse of Divya Chakra 2022 and a few sections highlighting summer getaways, and brunch deals to our readers. The National Museum of Qatar, Doha and Beijing National Stadium have been featured in the Architectural Wonders. Editorial picks of luxury watches, jewelry, and lifestyle products have been featured in the designer’s corner along with an exclusive featured story of the logo of e& by Etisalat. Magzoid Magazine is a luxury magazine leading the creative space of the MENA region. The different genres covered by Magzoid Magazine include exceptional designs, arts & culture, interviews of influential business leaders and industry veterans, various creative and design aspects across different industry verticals, luxury lifestyle, fashion and jewelry brands, creative branding highlights from corporates, and many others. Magzoid Magazine is a leading media platform in the creative segment.

The September 2022 issue of Magzoid Magazine features an amazing cover artwork by Michael Angelo Guadalupe, an exceptional artist from Puerto Rico. This edition includes a glimpse of Divya Chakra 2022 and a few sections highlighting summer getaways, and brunch deals to our readers. The National Museum of Qatar, Doha and Beijing National Stadium have been featured in the Architectural Wonders. Editorial picks of luxury watches, jewelry, and lifestyle products have been featured in the designer’s corner along with an exclusive featured story of the logo of e& by Etisalat.

Magzoid Magazine is a luxury magazine leading the creative space of the MENA region. The different genres covered by Magzoid Magazine include exceptional designs, arts & culture, interviews of influential business leaders and industry veterans, various creative and design aspects across different industry verticals, luxury lifestyle, fashion and jewelry brands, creative branding highlights from corporates, and many others. Magzoid Magazine is a leading media platform in the creative segment.


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Ibrahim Gailani<br />

James Lewis<br />

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14-19 Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong><br />

22-23 Cover Artist<br />

60-61 Art Events and Exhibitions 44-45 Art Talk<br />

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20-21 Artists <strong>in</strong> Focus<br />

46-47 Digital Artist<br />

Art News 9 | 11 | 27 | 37 | 40 | 56 |<br />

Featured Photographs 10 | 30<br />

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Art Trends 49<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

Meta set to unveil sprawl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artworks of <strong>in</strong>dividual artists <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir New York HQ <strong>in</strong> Moynihan Station<br />

Meta, <strong>the</strong> parent company<br />

of Facebook is <strong>the</strong> tenant<br />

of a transformed former<br />

post office which now<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes <strong>the</strong> gleam<strong>in</strong>g new transit<br />

hub Moynihan Station. A team of<br />

artists is help<strong>in</strong>g Meta to get ready to<br />

welcome its employees to <strong>the</strong>ir new<br />

offices at Farley Station on <strong>the</strong> West<br />

Side of midtown Manhattan this fall<br />

with sprawl<strong>in</strong>g landscape art. For <strong>the</strong><br />

artists, this stands to be <strong>the</strong> largest<br />

artwork <strong>the</strong>y have ever worked on <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir careers.<br />

Meta occupies 700,000 square<br />

feet and has commissioned five<br />

specific artworks from emerg<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

established artists who have roots <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> local community. The results so<br />

far have been noth<strong>in</strong>g short of m<strong>in</strong>dblow<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The Farley Station build<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

an important center for people to<br />

connect and communicate with each<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r. To Meta Open Arts head T<strong>in</strong>a<br />

Vaz, it is a special feel<strong>in</strong>g. This site is<br />

special because of <strong>the</strong> works of art<br />

that have been <strong>in</strong>stalled here.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> center of <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g, is<br />

artist Timur Si-Q<strong>in</strong>’s Sacred Footpr<strong>in</strong>t,<br />

a 50-foot tall, two-ton, sta<strong>in</strong>less steel<br />

and alum<strong>in</strong>um, suspended sculpture,<br />

that he created and eng<strong>in</strong>eered<br />

to span <strong>the</strong> four-story skylit space.<br />

Build<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> ancient symbol of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Tree of Life, it represents <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>terconnectedness of all th<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Baseera Khan created a two-part<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation that <strong>in</strong>cludes a major<br />

sculpture and a mural located <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> ma<strong>in</strong> area of <strong>the</strong> second-floor<br />

offices. Fresh from her solo show<br />

at <strong>the</strong> Brooklyn Museum, <strong>the</strong> large<br />

sculpture references a Cor<strong>in</strong>thian<br />

column and is composed of a<br />

hollowed-out column form, <strong>the</strong><br />

exterior of which is wrapped <strong>in</strong><br />

handmade silk rugs created by men<br />

and women <strong>in</strong> Kashmir.<br />

Nature Remembers Love, is meant<br />

“to evoke an empa<strong>the</strong>tic relationship<br />

with plants, o<strong>the</strong>r animals and <strong>the</strong><br />

land,” accord<strong>in</strong>g to Howard.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g’s “R<strong>in</strong>g Lobby”,<br />

which is visible from <strong>the</strong> wait<strong>in</strong>g<br />

area of <strong>the</strong> Moynihan tra<strong>in</strong> hall,<br />

Brooklyn-based artist Liz Coll<strong>in</strong>s has<br />

composed vibrantly-colored textiles<br />

to create a sprawl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stallation<br />

across four walls spann<strong>in</strong>g more than<br />

100 feet <strong>in</strong> length.<br />

Mat<strong>the</strong>w Kirk’s composition of A<br />

Shadow of a Shadow, which spans<br />

22 feet <strong>in</strong> length, and A Distant Lie,<br />

which measures eight feet across<br />

and 11 feet high is a sight to behold.<br />

Kirk’s “weav<strong>in</strong>g” pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs for Meta<br />

rely on <strong>the</strong> same grid structure as <strong>the</strong><br />

Navajo rugs of his heritage but use<br />

modern-day construction materials<br />

woven through a steel rebar grid as<br />

<strong>the</strong> ground for <strong>the</strong> hundreds of small<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that adorn <strong>the</strong>se works,<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>g to Vaz.<br />

Open Arts were <strong>in</strong>itially founded<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2010 as a residency program<br />

at Facebook. Artists were<br />

commissioned to create work<br />

along with employees on-site at <strong>the</strong><br />

company’s headquarters, giv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Facebook workers <strong>in</strong>sight <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

artistic process.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> end, this is not <strong>the</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

of an art exhibition but ra<strong>the</strong>r a<br />

space where <strong>the</strong> artists who call this<br />

place home have a blank canvas to<br />

share <strong>the</strong>ir heritage with <strong>the</strong>ir local<br />

community.<br />

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ART NEWS<br />

art helps him to forget <strong>the</strong> difficulties<br />

he faces as a person and shares his<br />

creativity and beauty through art.<br />

With <strong>the</strong> pandemic giv<strong>in</strong>g millions<br />

of people <strong>the</strong> right opportunity to<br />

explore <strong>the</strong>ir hobbies and passion,<br />

Hakeem tapped <strong>in</strong>to his creative<br />

side and took up pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. He<br />

quickly gravitated towards abstract<br />

art and cubic art.<br />

His pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs were displayed<br />

at Markaz Al-Oun Bazaar, a help<br />

center and non-profit organization<br />

that helps people with <strong>in</strong>tellectual<br />

disabilities. In <strong>the</strong> future, he wants to<br />

have his gallery.<br />

His passion for<br />

art has allowed<br />

him to share who<br />

he is with <strong>the</strong><br />

people around<br />

him, and has<br />

impressed people<br />

with his take on<br />

abstract art.<br />

Meet Saudi Artist<br />

Ahmed Hakeem,<br />

who impressed <strong>the</strong> audience<br />

with his art overcom<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

disabilities<br />

Art is truly a gateway to<br />

discover<strong>in</strong>g who you<br />

are. For a 34-year-old,<br />

Ahmed Hakeem this is<br />

true.<br />

Ahmed Hakeem, unlike <strong>the</strong><br />

usual roster of artists, has a mild<br />

<strong>in</strong>tellectual disability, which results<br />

<strong>in</strong> slower growth <strong>in</strong> all areas of<br />

conceptual development <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

social and daily liv<strong>in</strong>g skills.<br />

But he has found a way to<br />

overcome this and express his core<br />

personality, which is of an artist. His<br />

As Hakeem puts it, f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g jobs<br />

is difficult for <strong>in</strong>dividuals with<br />

disabilities. He says “You need to<br />

know about <strong>the</strong> challenges that<br />

I am hav<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> community<br />

<strong>in</strong> general. Most people with<br />

disabilities are usually unemployed<br />

and don’t have access to powerful<br />

governmental aid, but <strong>the</strong>ir families<br />

have to enroll <strong>the</strong>m <strong>in</strong> special clubs,<br />

and this can be f<strong>in</strong>ancially stressful<br />

to <strong>the</strong> parents, so <strong>the</strong>re is a lack of<br />

community and activities for us,”<br />

For Ahmed Hakeem, his passion<br />

for art has allowed him to share who<br />

he is with <strong>the</strong> people around him,<br />

and has impressed people with his<br />

take on abstract art.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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By Ibrahim Gailani<br />

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“There is art<br />

everywhere, only if<br />

we pause to look”, says<br />

Ibrahim.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Ibrahim Gailani is a self-taught<br />

contemporary artist of Pakistani<br />

decent who moved to Dubai,<br />

U.A.E <strong>in</strong> 1979 at <strong>the</strong> age of 5<br />

years. “There is art everywhere,<br />

only if we pause to look”, says<br />

Ibrahim.<br />

He did his primary & secondary<br />

education <strong>in</strong> UAE and has been<br />

liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Gulf countries most of his<br />

life, from U.A.E to Kuwait, and for<br />

12 years <strong>in</strong> Muscat, Oman. Gailani<br />

started his professional career <strong>in</strong><br />

2010 with <strong>the</strong> “Gailani Art Studio”<br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Art Exhibitions and<br />

found<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> “Gailani Art Retreat”.<br />

A creative getaway of selfexpression<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and music.<br />

The retreats engaged more than<br />

900 participants over 60 art retreats<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce its <strong>in</strong>ception. Gailani’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

are exhibited <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle-East,<br />

Europe & North America. His recent<br />

work is known for its pop-art <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

portraits with street graffiti letter<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“Our stories are on our face, if only<br />

people paused to look and read”<br />

says Ibrahim.<br />

He has had over 21<br />

International Art Exhibitions<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> past 11 years,<br />

w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g 2 International<br />

Art Awards – 2 <strong>in</strong> New<br />

York, U.S.A, and 2 <strong>in</strong><br />

Vancouver, Canada <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>September</strong> 2016. His<br />

work exhibited <strong>in</strong> New<br />

York Coffee Art Festival<br />

won <strong>the</strong> Visitor Choice<br />

Award. The same month<br />

he published his book<br />

“Gailani - An Artistic<br />

Journey” - A memoir<br />

of his life story told<br />

through pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

In December 2017, his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

“The Refugee” won <strong>the</strong> Jury word<br />

for 3rd Annual “Show Your World Art<br />

Competition” showcased at Gallery<br />

MC, New York City. He was also<br />

awarded Best International Artist at<br />

Art Vancouver <strong>in</strong> 2018.<br />

In December 2018, he debuted<br />

his art work at Red Dot Miami dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> Art Basek Week, and <strong>the</strong>n at<br />

Art Wynwood <strong>in</strong> February 2019. He<br />

also won Best International “Artist of<br />

Honor” at Campbell River W<strong>in</strong>ter Art<br />

Festival, British Columbia, Canada <strong>in</strong><br />

November 2018. Gulf News of Dubai<br />

did a special feature on Gailani with<br />

<strong>the</strong> title “Artist Puts Oman on <strong>the</strong><br />

Global Stage”.<br />

In June 2020, his work was<br />

published <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “Art of Sherlock<br />

Holmes” - Global Edition 2 becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> 13 <strong>in</strong>ternational artists<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>re. Dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> pandemic<br />

lockdowns Ibrahim Gailani launched<br />

a video Web-Series “Art-Beats” that<br />

<strong>in</strong>terviewed artists and showcased<br />

art activities to motivate <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

“Our stories are on<br />

our face, if only<br />

people paused to<br />

look and read” says<br />

Ibrahim.<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


EVENTS<br />

The Consulate General of India, Dubai celebrates<br />

Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong> as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit<br />

Mahotsav mark<strong>in</strong>g 75 years of Independence.<br />

Witness<strong>in</strong>g an exhibit of 75 artworks by artists from over ten nationalities, alongside panel<br />

discussions, trivia, digital tributes, cultural performances, and much more amidst <strong>the</strong><br />

presence of m<strong>in</strong>istries and highly renowned dignitaries.<br />

22nd Aug, <strong>2022</strong>: Divya Chakra<br />

<strong>2022</strong> marks a true and grand<br />

celebration of <strong>the</strong> spirit of India <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE. It was presented by <strong>the</strong><br />

Consulate General of India, Dubai,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Private Office of HH Sheikh<br />

Ahmed B<strong>in</strong> Faisal Al Qassimi,<br />

organized by Artoze Gallery and<br />

Exhibitions.<br />

The event featured an exceptional<br />

exhibit of 75 selected artworks by<br />

artists of multiple nationalities. The<br />

celebration also featured LIVE art<br />

performances by dignified artists,<br />

which <strong>in</strong>cluded Dr. Ajit Gadekar,.<br />

Amal Mirajkar, Raisa Mariam Rajan,<br />

and Dr. Devisree. The LIVE rangoli<br />

made by Jyoti Manish Rajyaguru,<br />

which was a treat to <strong>the</strong> eyes under<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>me “Ek Rangoli Desh ke<br />

Naam”.<br />

“Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong> is an event to<br />

welcome diversity and br<strong>in</strong>g people<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r to celebrate <strong>the</strong> 75 glorious<br />

years of Independence of India. We<br />

announced <strong>the</strong> Virtual Art Gallery,<br />

where artists from around <strong>the</strong> globe<br />

could send <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir artworks and<br />

be a part of this historic moment.<br />

Not just that, <strong>the</strong> Digital Tribute<br />

was announced for everyone to<br />

send <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir heartfelt tribute to <strong>the</strong><br />

martyrs, which was displayed on<br />

screens across <strong>the</strong> venue,” says a<br />

spokesperson from Artoze Gallery<br />

and Exhibitions. Such creative<br />

and thoughtful digital elements<br />

made this event a one of its k<strong>in</strong>d<br />

celebration of this special occasion.<br />

It enabled people to connect with<br />

<strong>the</strong> celebration irrespective of <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

nationality and country of residence.<br />

Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong> also <strong>in</strong>cluded<br />

a dance performance by NKD<br />

Dance Studio led by Dubai-based<br />

dancer, actor, and <strong>in</strong>fluencer, Nidhi<br />

Kumar, and a musical tribute by<br />

Antara Institutions led by Bagavad<br />

EEswar. Hosted by Emcee Bassam,<br />

<strong>the</strong> audience had an amaz<strong>in</strong>g time<br />

enjoy<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> performances and<br />

also w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g some excit<strong>in</strong>g goodies<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> course of <strong>the</strong> event.<br />

A panel discussion was hosted<br />

where <strong>the</strong> panellists discussed<br />

<strong>the</strong> artistic excellence of India.<br />

The Consul General of India was<br />

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seen heartily <strong>in</strong>teract<strong>in</strong>g with artists<br />

exhibit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir work. Many artists<br />

gifted <strong>the</strong>ir brilliant art pieces to <strong>the</strong><br />

consulate dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> event.<br />

“I am truly delighted to be here<br />

celebrat<strong>in</strong>g Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong> with<br />

you. First and foremost, I would<br />

like to congratulate <strong>the</strong> entire team<br />

of Artoze Gallery & Exhibition<br />

for organiz<strong>in</strong>g this outstand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

celebration, here at <strong>the</strong> Consulate<br />

General of India <strong>in</strong> Dubai. This is a<br />

beautiful year where India celebrates<br />

its 75 years of Independence and<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE celebrates 50 glorious<br />

years, and we are truly delighted<br />

to be jo<strong>in</strong>ed by all our Emirati<br />

bro<strong>the</strong>rs and sisters <strong>in</strong> this very<br />

special celebration. The United Arab<br />

Emirates is one country <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world<br />

where it is also <strong>the</strong> whole world <strong>in</strong><br />

one country. I am sure <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> last<br />

couple of years of difficulty, <strong>the</strong><br />

artists have really helped us to lift<br />

our spirits and give us a message<br />

of hope, peace and prosperity.<br />

Here <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Consulate General of<br />

India, Dubai, we are extremely<br />

proud and privileged to be host<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>se celebrations, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g artists<br />

from different genres toge<strong>the</strong>r and<br />

celebrat<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong> its various forms.<br />

A very special vote of thanks to<br />

all <strong>the</strong> artists and presenters for<br />

choos<strong>in</strong>g Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong> to<br />

present <strong>the</strong>ir art forms, because it is<br />

really <strong>the</strong>ir participation that makes<br />

this event come alive for all of us. I<br />

wholeheartedly thank all <strong>the</strong> partners<br />

and sponsors for <strong>the</strong>ir support <strong>in</strong><br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g this event a grand success,"<br />

says H.E. Dr. Aman Puri, The Consul<br />

General of India <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

The partners support<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> event<br />

were iFund Factor<strong>in</strong>g, Wasaya<br />

Investments, Mustdash, P<strong>in</strong>d da<br />

Dhaba, Dom<strong>in</strong>os, Noon Grocery,<br />

My Gov<strong>in</strong>das, Danube Properties,<br />

Seema’s Gallery, Excel Celebrations,<br />

Ahmed Al Maghiribi Perfumes,<br />

Barakat, Art Lab, SoundKraft,<br />

The United Arab<br />

Emirates is one country<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world where it is<br />

also <strong>the</strong> whole world <strong>in</strong><br />

one country. I am sure <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> last couple of years<br />

of difficulty, <strong>the</strong> artists<br />

have really helped us to<br />

lift our spirits and give us<br />

a message of hope, peace<br />

and prosperity.<br />

Chrysels, Veesham pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g press,<br />

IBPG, Indian Women <strong>in</strong> Dubai,<br />

Emirates Loves India, <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

<strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, The F<strong>in</strong>ance World<br />

<strong>Magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong>, Khaleej Times, GulfBuzz,<br />

Curly Tales, Zee, Big 106.2, Talk FM,<br />

and Mobishastra. It was <strong>in</strong>deed a<br />

visible effort and support from each<br />

and every one of <strong>the</strong>m that made this<br />

event a memorable one.<br />

“It was an amaz<strong>in</strong>g experience<br />

to be a part of Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong><br />

and it gives us immense pride <strong>in</strong><br />

support<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> celebration. Walk<strong>in</strong>g<br />

through so many diverse works feels<br />

like an honor to me. It was <strong>in</strong>credible<br />

work by <strong>the</strong> entire team and all <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

partners. We look forward to many<br />

such collaborations and <strong>in</strong>itiatives <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> future.”, says H.E. Dr. Thomasz<br />

Zaleski, Chairman of <strong>the</strong> Board of<br />

The Private Office of H.H. Sheikh<br />

Ahmed B<strong>in</strong> Faisal Al Qassimi.<br />

“I was mesmerized to see people<br />

from so many different nationalities<br />

com<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r and celebrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

this special moment for each Indian.<br />

This itself suggests a lot about <strong>the</strong><br />

harmony that all <strong>the</strong> residents of <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE share," says Sarah Ahchouch, a<br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g artist.<br />

“Despite be<strong>in</strong>g far away from my<br />

homeland, I felt at home while be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a part of Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong>. The<br />

ambiance and <strong>the</strong> audience were<br />

both amaz<strong>in</strong>g. I met some really nice<br />

people and am honored to have had<br />

<strong>the</strong> opportunity to display my artwork<br />

at <strong>the</strong> event,” says Dr. Ajit Gadekar, a<br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g artist.<br />

In his speech, Dr. Aman Puri<br />

congratulates each and every artist,<br />

support<strong>in</strong>g organizations, <strong>in</strong>stitutions,<br />

and delegates for tak<strong>in</strong>g part <strong>in</strong><br />

Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

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EVENTS<br />

H.E. Aman Puri, <strong>the</strong> Consul General of<br />

India <strong>in</strong> Dubai address<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> crowd. Initiat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> light<strong>in</strong>g of jyot Dr.Tomas Zalenski light<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> jyot<br />

The crowd stand<strong>in</strong>g to honor <strong>the</strong> National An<strong>the</strong>m<br />

LIVE Rangoli as ‘Ek Rangoli Desh K Naam’<br />

Dance performance by NKD Studio<br />

A musical tribute by Antara Institutions<br />

A vibrant dance performance spread<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> colors of India<br />

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EVENTS<br />

Faisal AbdulQader, Khalil Abdulwahid and<br />

H.E. Aman Puri<br />

A salute to <strong>the</strong> nation by performers<br />

A panel discussion on <strong>the</strong> artistic excellence of India<br />

Varsha Sureka and Reema<br />

Team NKD Studio pos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> front of <strong>the</strong> Media Wall<br />

H.E. Dr. Aman Puri, and Pamala Serena Rull<br />

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EVENTS<br />

Felicitation of Barakat<br />

Felicitation of ZeeTv<br />

Dr.Tomas Zalenski be<strong>in</strong>g felicitated<br />

Felicitation of 106.2 Big FM and<br />

Talk 100.3<br />

Felicitation of Mobishastra<br />

Felicitation of Dom<strong>in</strong>os<br />

Felicitation of Seema’s Art Gallery<br />

Felicitation of Danube<br />

Felicitation of Ahmed Al Maghribi<br />

Perfumes<br />

Felicitation of Emcee Bassam<br />

The Consul General <strong>in</strong> Audience<br />

LIVE Art exhibit by Artist Raisa Rajan<br />

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EVENTS<br />

LIVE Art Exhibit by Dr Ajit Gadekar<br />

LIVE Art Exhibit by Dr. Devisree<br />

Felicitation of LIVE Artist Dr. Devisree by <strong>the</strong><br />

Consul General<br />

Felicitation of LIVE Artist Amal Mirajkar by <strong>the</strong><br />

Consul General<br />

LIVE Artist Dr. Devisree and <strong>the</strong><br />

Consul General<br />

LIVE artist Raisa Rajan be<strong>in</strong>g felicitated by <strong>the</strong><br />

Consul General<br />

Felicitation of LIVE Artist Dr Ajit Gadekar<br />

by <strong>the</strong> Consul General<br />

Participat<strong>in</strong>g Artist Sarah Ahchouch with <strong>the</strong><br />

Consul General<br />

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ARTISTS IN FOCUS I DIVYA CHAKRA <strong>2022</strong><br />

Res<strong>in</strong> Art<br />

by Honey Taheri<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Honey Taheri, is a<br />

resident artist with<br />

over 20 years of<br />

experience <strong>in</strong> various<br />

fields of art such as Res<strong>in</strong><br />

art, acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, Abstract,<br />

Mixed media. Although Art<br />

was a part of her life s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

childhood, she was an Electrical<br />

Eng<strong>in</strong>eer <strong>in</strong>itially. And she has<br />

been a mo<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong> 2010, so she<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues art and creations to<br />

spend time with her beautiful<br />

daughter <strong>in</strong>stead of hav<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

full-time job. She has<br />

experience as a teacher of <strong>the</strong><br />

new amaz<strong>in</strong>g art- “Res<strong>in</strong> Art” for<br />

more than 3 years.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r than her art exhibit and<br />

presence at Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

Honey also received a lot of<br />

appreciation for her exhibit <strong>in</strong><br />

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

2021.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

Concept Art<br />

by Maria Komal Abie<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

A<br />

UAE based Indian artist,<br />

Maria Komal Abie, has<br />

been mak<strong>in</strong>g her mark <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> art world lately by not<br />

only w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g numerous accolades<br />

for her artistic skills, one of which is<br />

<strong>the</strong> Honorable Mention Award at an<br />

International Juried Art Competition<br />

organised by Art Show International<br />

<strong>in</strong> August <strong>2022</strong>, but for also hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

completed several commissions and<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong> India and <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

Her ideas and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs have ga<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

<strong>the</strong> attention of a global audience as<br />

she has proven to be a multi-faceted<br />

artist who captures <strong>the</strong> essence<br />

of a subject and converts it <strong>in</strong>to<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g pieces of art work.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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ARTISTS IN FOCUS I DIVYA CHAKRA <strong>2022</strong><br />

Amal Mirajkar is a 17-yearold<br />

self-taught artist. She<br />

graduated high school<br />

from Gems Our Own<br />

English High School <strong>in</strong> <strong>2022</strong> and is<br />

currently persuad<strong>in</strong>g her studies <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Architectural department of <strong>the</strong><br />

College of Architecture, Art and Design<br />

(CAAD) at <strong>the</strong> American University of<br />

Sharjah. She is a versatile artist who<br />

works with oils, acrylic, <strong>in</strong>k, epoxy<br />

res<strong>in</strong>, POP and clay as mediums for<br />

sculptures. Amal tries to replicate <strong>the</strong><br />

beauty around her <strong>in</strong> her artworks.<br />

The artist pa<strong>in</strong>ted her artwork live<br />

<strong>in</strong> Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong>, and also<br />

displayed her artwork <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> event<br />

amidst many o<strong>the</strong>r artists.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

Surrealism<br />

by Amal Mirajkar<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Nature Art<br />

by Dr. Ajit Gadekar<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Dr. Ajit Gadekar is a<br />

pediatrician by profession<br />

and a self-taught artist who<br />

works on oil mediums. The<br />

beauty of nature is mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

makes one forget all <strong>the</strong>ir stress.<br />

Most times this calm<strong>in</strong>g experience<br />

can be felt through impeccable<br />

artwork. Similarly, Dr. Ajit who is<br />

a pediatrician by profession has<br />

a hobby of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g which helps<br />

him forget all <strong>the</strong> work stress. He<br />

also owns a private art space<br />

<strong>in</strong> Art Beyond Boundaries, <strong>the</strong><br />

largest virtual art exhibition of its<br />

k<strong>in</strong>d. In Divya Chakra <strong>2022</strong>, Dr. Ajit<br />

participated as a live art perform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artist, panel discusser and also<br />

exhibited his artwork. His discussion<br />

on <strong>the</strong> artistic excellence of India was<br />

noteworthy.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

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Mythical<br />

Magic<br />

By Michael Angelo Guadalupe<br />

22<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


"I aspire to create<br />

visual experiences<br />

that give <strong>the</strong> absurd<br />

world of artificial<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence art<br />

human mean<strong>in</strong>g"<br />

says Michael.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Puerto Rican visual<br />

artist 'Michael Angelo<br />

Guadalupe' is better known<br />

by his stage name, Mago.<br />

He was born <strong>in</strong> New York<br />

and, when still a little child, his<br />

family relocated to Puerto Rico. He<br />

specializes <strong>in</strong> employ<strong>in</strong>g artificial<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence to produce stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and dist<strong>in</strong>ctive graphics that narrate<br />

tales from old myths, religions, and<br />

histories.<br />

He was raised <strong>in</strong> hous<strong>in</strong>g<br />

complexes where he was always<br />

surrounded by <strong>in</strong>conveniences.<br />

Mago was taken away from his family<br />

when he was 7 years old and placed<br />

<strong>in</strong> a foster home. He came across<br />

literature about tales and legends<br />

from <strong>the</strong> past dur<strong>in</strong>g this time, which<br />

would come to def<strong>in</strong>e his life and<br />

serve as <strong>the</strong> basis for his artistic<br />

creations.<br />

He relocated to Miami after<br />

graduat<strong>in</strong>g from high school, where<br />

he was exposed to music <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

artists and art galleries. He relocated<br />

to Chile after be<strong>in</strong>g signed as an<br />

artist. The vastness of <strong>the</strong> Andes<br />

would capture his imag<strong>in</strong>ation and<br />

motivate him to build fantastical<br />

worlds and landscapes. "I aspire<br />

to create visual experiences that<br />

give <strong>the</strong> absurd world of artificial<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence art human mean<strong>in</strong>g"<br />

says Michael.<br />

Shortly after he shared ‘Athanya:<br />

The Guardian of Knowledge’ went<br />

viral on social media, and his profile<br />

soon had thousands of followers. “AI<br />

Art has <strong>the</strong> potential to reimag<strong>in</strong>e<br />

<strong>the</strong> art world” says Michael. Mago<br />

enjoys <strong>in</strong>struct<strong>in</strong>g people on how to<br />

make AI art. He has already received<br />

<strong>in</strong>quiries from Hollywood about his<br />

artwork, and he is already <strong>in</strong> contact<br />

“AI Art has<br />

<strong>the</strong> potential to<br />

reimag<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong><br />

art world” says<br />

Michael.<br />

with numerous studios. Mago is<br />

also gett<strong>in</strong>g ready for his first solo<br />

exhibition with AI Art, music <strong>in</strong>dustry,<br />

artists, and art galleries.*<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 23


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Myrra, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, 12 pm to 4 pm,<br />

Sundays, Dhs300 house, Dhs350 premium.<br />

Tel: (0)4 770 1433, myrrarestaurant.com<br />

EL SUR<br />

If you want to relax on a lazy Sunday, a Sunday<br />

siesta brunch at El Sur starts is <strong>the</strong> right way to go.<br />

Across a three-hour package, d<strong>in</strong>ers are treated<br />

to a selection of tapas, rice dishes, and paella, all<br />

designed to be shared.<br />

El Sur, The West<strong>in</strong> M<strong>in</strong>a Seyahi, Al Sufouh, 12.30<br />

pm to 3.30 pm, Dhs250 house, Dhs199 soft,<br />

Dhs70 children aged 6 to 11.<br />

Tel: (0)4 511 7373, elsurdubai.com<br />

FEBRUARY 30<br />

A Dubai beach bar, February 30 adds a new Sunday brunch to<br />

its roster of events this weekend. Take this four-hour package<br />

of shar<strong>in</strong>g plates of crispy beef, seared salmon, and shrimp<br />

tempura, with an a la carte choice of ma<strong>in</strong>: Chilean sea bass,<br />

grilled chicken, or an Angus beef burger with a choice of<br />

dessert, with free-flow<strong>in</strong>g dr<strong>in</strong>ks and a live DJ set.<br />

February 30, Palm West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, 1 pm to 5<br />

pm, Sundays, Dhs325 soft, Dhs495 house.<br />

Tel: (0)4 244 7200, february30dubai.com<br />

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The Lighthouse’s orig<strong>in</strong>al outpost <strong>in</strong> Dubai Design<br />

District serves up a shar<strong>in</strong>g-style brunch every Saturday<br />

and Sunday. From 12 pm to 4 pm, <strong>the</strong> generous menu<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes seven starters, eight ma<strong>in</strong>s, and four desserts –<br />

so visit with an empty stomach!<br />

The Lighthouse, Dubai Design District, corner of<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g 6, 12 pm to 4 pm, Sundays, Dhs275 soft,<br />

Dhs375 house, Dhs525 Champagne.<br />

Tel: (04) 422 6024, <strong>the</strong>lighthouse.ae<br />


Caviar Kaspia br<strong>in</strong>gs a more traditional take to <strong>the</strong> weekend<br />

brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Ma<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong>clude a stuffed<br />

croissant with cured beef or a buckwheat risotto, followed<br />

by desserts of pa<strong>in</strong> perdu with wild berries and whipped<br />

mascarpone, <strong>the</strong> Rosewater Milk Cake, or a stack of fluffy<br />

pancakes.<br />

Caviar Kaspia, Gate Village Build<strong>in</strong>g 2, DIFC,<br />

12 pm to 4 pm, Sat and Sun, Dhs375.<br />

Tel: (0)4 243 5633, kaspiadubai.com<br />

CARNA<br />

Go to Carna for a multi-course d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience. Carna<br />

serves up a Sunday roast brunch with packages from Dhs295.<br />

The ma<strong>in</strong> event of this experience is <strong>the</strong> carved beef rump,<br />

roasted vegetables, potatoes (both roasted and mashed),<br />

and enormous Yorkshire pudd<strong>in</strong>gs. Add<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir take on<br />

more unusual sides – a pan of crispy Brussels sprouts, grilled<br />

Portobello mushrooms, and a m<strong>in</strong>iature Francess<strong>in</strong>a pie with<br />

veal belly, and beef cheek.<br />

74th floor, Carna, SLS Dubai, Sun 1 pm to 4 pm, Dhs295<br />

with soft dr<strong>in</strong>ks, Dhs395 with house dr<strong>in</strong>ks.<br />

Tel: (054) 705 8198. @carnadubai<br />


La Cant<strong>in</strong>e du Faubourg transports you to Paris without<br />

travell<strong>in</strong>g to France. A Sunday (and Saturday) affair, book<br />

yourself <strong>in</strong> for <strong>the</strong> legendary brunch and come with great<br />

expectations. Pick a three-hour time slot between 12 pm and 5<br />

pm and enjoy a plethora of delicious dishes.<br />

La Cant<strong>in</strong>e du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel,<br />

3-hour packages, 12pm to 5pm, Sundays, Dsh345 soft,<br />

Dhs465 house, Dhs695 Champagne.<br />

Tel: (0)4 3527 105, lacant<strong>in</strong>e.ae<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 25



26<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


ART NEWS<br />

Burj Khalifa encircled<br />

by a massive r<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

‘Downtown Circle’ that is 550<br />

meters above <strong>the</strong> ground <strong>in</strong> a<br />

strik<strong>in</strong>g new design<br />

A<br />

novel idea developed<br />

by <strong>the</strong> architecture firm<br />

Znera <strong>Space</strong> would<br />

alter <strong>the</strong> Dubai skyl<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Downtown Circle, a<br />

550-meter-tall r<strong>in</strong>g that will encircle<br />

Burj Khalifa, is <strong>the</strong> name of <strong>the</strong><br />

proposed project. The idea is<br />

meant to challenge conventional<br />

notions of skyscraper hous<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

gated communities. Additionally,<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability and self-sufficiency<br />

are goals.<br />

The remarkable size of <strong>the</strong><br />

tower, which is expected to have a<br />

three-kilometer circumference and<br />

encircle <strong>the</strong> entirety of Downtown<br />

Dubai, is seen <strong>in</strong> artist render<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

It will be divided <strong>in</strong>to smaller parts,<br />

each of which will have residences<br />

as well as areas for public,<br />

commercial, and cultural use.<br />

Najmus Chowdry and Nils<br />

Remess, co-founders of Znera<br />

<strong>Space</strong>, who frequently focus on<br />

experimental architecture that<br />

explores and challenges social limits<br />

and environmental issues, have<br />

designed <strong>the</strong> enormous project.<br />

Skypark would also have swamps,<br />

The design and sketches,<br />

which were produced <strong>in</strong><br />

partnership with Polandbased<br />

visualisations firm<br />

Pictown, also feature a<br />

tram idea for <strong>the</strong> outer<br />

perimeter r<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

waterfalls, tropical vegetation, and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r floras, serv<strong>in</strong>g as a lung for<br />

<strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g. As part of <strong>the</strong> urban<br />

ecosystem, <strong>the</strong> design calls for<br />

spaces for ra<strong>in</strong>water collection,<br />

solar power generation, and a<br />

mechanism for stor<strong>in</strong>g carbon and<br />

filter<strong>in</strong>g air pollution.<br />

The design and sketches, which<br />

were produced <strong>in</strong> partnership with<br />

Poland-based visualisations firm<br />

Pictown, also feature a tram idea<br />

for <strong>the</strong> outer perimeter r<strong>in</strong>g. Twenty<br />

roomy pods with top speeds of<br />

100 kilometres per hour would ferry<br />

people around <strong>the</strong> Downtown Circle<br />

while offer<strong>in</strong>g 360-degree views of<br />

<strong>the</strong> city.<br />

The L<strong>in</strong>e megaproject <strong>in</strong> Neom,<br />

Saudi Arabia is comparable to <strong>the</strong><br />

concept of an autonomous city<br />

with<strong>in</strong> a city. The L<strong>in</strong>e, which is<br />

<strong>in</strong>tended to be created <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> desert<br />

where space is ample, differs from<br />

Znera <strong>Space</strong> <strong>in</strong> that it is <strong>in</strong>tegrated<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> fabric of an exist<strong>in</strong>g<br />

metropolis.<br />

While creat<strong>in</strong>g Downtown Circle,<br />

Chowdry and Remess took <strong>in</strong>to<br />

account all facets of urban liv<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> social, economical,<br />

and susta<strong>in</strong>able ones, but <strong>the</strong>y are<br />

equally excited by <strong>the</strong> conversation<br />

about what is feasible <strong>in</strong> terms of<br />

design.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 27


Graphic Art<br />

By James Lewis<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


“When you turn your passion <strong>in</strong>to a career, you can easily lose sight of why<br />

you started, so just remember to enjoy <strong>the</strong> process,” says James.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

James Lewis, a 25-year-old<br />

graphic artist from Cardiff,<br />

Wales, curates content and<br />

creates famous cartoon<br />

characters for his social<br />

media followers on TikTok and<br />

Instagram. With clients like Pepsi,<br />

Wix.com, BBC, Samsung, and so<br />

many more, one can understand <strong>the</strong><br />

passion and skill James br<strong>in</strong>gs to <strong>the</strong><br />

scene with his artwork.<br />

Calligraphy is James' preferred<br />

weapon of choice as he shares<br />

his creativity with <strong>the</strong> world. After<br />

los<strong>in</strong>g his parents to natural causes,<br />

he found <strong>the</strong> creative route to be<br />

a positive way to look forward <strong>in</strong><br />

life. Credit<strong>in</strong>g Lynne Appleyard<br />

from Barry Island, from whom he<br />

rented a place to stay, gave him <strong>the</strong><br />

courage to experiment and forge his<br />

future. That is where he started with<br />

typography and letter<strong>in</strong>g, which has<br />

now garnered popularity on social<br />

media and amongst clients that have<br />

become frequent collaborators with<br />

James.<br />

Collaboration with brands is <strong>the</strong><br />

real identity of James. Recently,<br />

he had <strong>the</strong> opportunity to design<br />

Rolls Royce’s logo on <strong>the</strong>ir SUV<br />

for an <strong>in</strong>ternal event. For Rick and<br />

Morty fans, he is <strong>the</strong> artist beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

compos<strong>in</strong>g Season 5’s awareness<br />

launch social media art.<br />

Right now, he works from a<br />

permanent studio space at Cardiff<br />

Museum Place, with a packed<br />

schedule from 9 AM to 6 PM. James<br />

confesses that dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> early days,<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g art to earn enough through<br />

commissions was a challenge. But,<br />

with time and personal brand<strong>in</strong>g, he<br />

has been able to forget about <strong>the</strong><br />

problem altoge<strong>the</strong>r and focus on<br />

improv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> quality of his work.<br />

“The key to mak<strong>in</strong>g good content<br />

is consistently putt<strong>in</strong>g out content<br />

that you enjoy mak<strong>in</strong>g,” says James.<br />

In 2020, he changed his focus to<br />

content creation and character<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g full time, which he shares<br />

with his followers on TikTok and<br />

Instagram. Dur<strong>in</strong>g this year, James<br />

founded Precise Art, which strives to<br />

solve every budd<strong>in</strong>g artist’s problem<br />

- f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> right materials to use.<br />

Shar<strong>in</strong>g his tips and choices of<br />

brushes and pa<strong>in</strong>ts encourages new<br />

artists on <strong>the</strong> block to jump right <strong>in</strong>to<br />

compos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir artworks.<br />

“When you turn your passion <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a career, you can easily lose sight of<br />

why you started, so just remember to<br />

enjoy <strong>the</strong> process.”<br />

James Lewis recently launched his<br />

first exclusive 3D font, Versa which<br />

has been bought by designers all<br />

over <strong>the</strong> world. With this massive<br />

success, this graphic artist has<br />

worked with global brands on a<br />

range of collaborations. Next year, he<br />

will be launch<strong>in</strong>g a range of acrylic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ts to pair perfectly with his bestsell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

brushes.<br />

Today, James is th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about his<br />

future and has aspirations to expand<br />

his product range. He also wishes<br />

to cont<strong>in</strong>ue runn<strong>in</strong>g workshops to<br />

help and <strong>in</strong>spire o<strong>the</strong>r budd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creatives around <strong>the</strong> world. Tapp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>to his experience as a keynote<br />

speaker at <strong>the</strong> Made by Few creative<br />

conferences <strong>in</strong> Arkansas, James<br />

“The key to mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

good content is<br />

consistently putt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

out content that you<br />

enjoy mak<strong>in</strong>g,” says<br />

James<br />

wants to explore public speak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> future and raise awareness on<br />

mental health, creativity, and grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his brand.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



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@sheaw<strong>in</strong>terphoto<br />

@tgfromdubai<br />

@who.sane<br />

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ART & META<br />

Meta cont<strong>in</strong>ues its push <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

A.I. Art game<br />

With Make-A-Scene, it allows users to create Computergenerated<br />

images based on <strong>the</strong>ir own sketches.<br />

Make-A-Scene takes<br />

generative art one<br />

step fur<strong>the</strong>r. Us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

typical text-to-image<br />

generator and add<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r layer of ‘awesomeness’<br />

Meta AI, <strong>the</strong> artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence<br />

branch of Facebook’s part company<br />

allows for user to draw a freeform<br />

digital sketch of a scene for <strong>the</strong><br />

generator to use as a base to<br />

generate <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al image.<br />

Meta AI, had recently published<br />

a report compil<strong>in</strong>g its f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>gs with<br />

<strong>the</strong> software and how its customers<br />

reacted to <strong>the</strong> facilities. “Our model<br />

generates an image given a text<br />

<strong>in</strong>put and an optional scene layout,”<br />

<strong>the</strong> report reads. “As demonstrated<br />

<strong>in</strong> our experiments, by condition<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over <strong>the</strong> scene layout, our method<br />

provides a new form of implicit<br />

controllability, improves structural<br />

consistency and quality, and<br />

adheres to human preference.”<br />

Generative art has come a<br />

long way, and as a medium has<br />

been enjoy<strong>in</strong>g its heyday <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

ma<strong>in</strong>stream.<br />

The blog, published by Meta AI,<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues “To realize AI’s potential<br />

to push creative expression forward,<br />

people should be able to shape<br />

and control <strong>the</strong> content a system<br />

generates. It should be <strong>in</strong>tuitive and<br />

easy to use so people can leverage<br />

whatever modes of expression work<br />

best for <strong>the</strong>m.” “Imag<strong>in</strong>e creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

beautiful impressionist pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong><br />

compositions you envision without<br />

ever pick<strong>in</strong>g up a pa<strong>in</strong>tbrush,”<br />

<strong>the</strong> post cont<strong>in</strong>ued. “Or <strong>in</strong>stantly<br />

generat<strong>in</strong>g imag<strong>in</strong>ative storybook<br />

illustrations to accompany <strong>the</strong><br />

words.”<br />

Make-A-Scene is also able to<br />

generate its own scene layout with<br />

text-only prompts, if that is <strong>the</strong><br />

requirement of <strong>the</strong> user.<br />

The software is yet to go live to <strong>the</strong><br />

public. Though it has been rolled<br />

out to a few developers, <strong>the</strong> idea is<br />

to understand <strong>the</strong> limitations of <strong>the</strong><br />

software and f<strong>in</strong>e tune <strong>the</strong>m for <strong>the</strong><br />

general public. The beauty of this<br />

generator is <strong>the</strong> fact that any artist is<br />

quite literally dipp<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir brushes<br />

<strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d of a mach<strong>in</strong>e (<strong>the</strong> color<br />

pot) and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> mach<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

consciousness.<br />

The importance of this software<br />

cannot be overstated. Hav<strong>in</strong>g such<br />

a medium of expression enables<br />

<strong>the</strong> everyday art enthusiast to f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

<strong>the</strong> time to explore <strong>the</strong>ir creative<br />

sides, and that is what Make-<br />

A-Scene provides. This stands<br />

revolutionize ways <strong>in</strong> which creativity<br />

is expressed and an opportunity for<br />

art to become more <strong>in</strong>clusive to <strong>the</strong><br />

general public.<br />

- editor@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 31


Cubism<br />

By Dylan Gill<br />

32<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


“Ever s<strong>in</strong>ce I was young I have been fasc<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

by human features. Everybody is unique if you<br />

look close enough,” says Dylan<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Dylan Gill is a cubist artist<br />

who has def<strong>in</strong>ed cubism<br />

through his perspective<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce 1999. He hails<br />

from London, United<br />

K<strong>in</strong>gdom, and draws <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from <strong>the</strong> likes of Pablo Picasso,<br />

Fernand Leger & Marc Chagall.<br />

Gill acquired a passion for art as<br />

a child and carried this passion to<br />

his degree from Goldsmiths, <strong>the</strong><br />

University of London <strong>in</strong> f<strong>in</strong>e arts.<br />

“My work explores <strong>the</strong> relationship<br />

between shape & colour from my<br />

own perception of <strong>the</strong> world.” says<br />

Dylan.<br />

His work explores <strong>the</strong> relationship<br />

between shapes and color used to<br />

visualize his perception of <strong>the</strong> world<br />

around him. By do<strong>in</strong>g so, Dylan Gill<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>es abstractism and cubism<br />

to create a personal take on both<br />

traditional and modern narratives<br />

of social concepts and general<br />

happen<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

“Ever s<strong>in</strong>ce I was young I<br />

have been fasc<strong>in</strong>ated by human<br />

features. Everybody is unique if<br />

you look close enough." For Gill,<br />

<strong>the</strong> perception of shape is a vital<br />

component of how one perceives<br />

art. By tapp<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to that, viewers<br />

of his art are left with a newfound<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g of shapes and<br />

colors.<br />

His works are created with acrylic<br />

on paper. With <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ception of<br />

NFTs, he published his works on<br />

NFT platforms like Known Orig<strong>in</strong><br />

and Manifold NFT to reach a wider<br />

audience.<br />

In The Good - The Bad & The<br />

Ugly, <strong>the</strong> piece represents <strong>the</strong> three<br />

sides of one’s m<strong>in</strong>d. People make<br />

mistakes sometimes, but <strong>the</strong> value<br />

learned is <strong>the</strong> key part of growth.<br />

In She Lives <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Moment,<br />

“My work explores <strong>the</strong><br />

relationship between<br />

shape & colour from<br />

my own perception<br />

of <strong>the</strong> world.” says<br />

Dylan.<br />

Gill presents a woman who can<br />

live her life <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> moment as <strong>the</strong><br />

world goes <strong>in</strong>to disarray. Through<br />

Midnight Symphony he conveys <strong>the</strong><br />

peace of m<strong>in</strong>d he gets while at <strong>the</strong><br />

studio <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> middle of <strong>the</strong> night,<br />

enjoy<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> silence.<br />

NFTs are <strong>the</strong> true identities of<br />

Gill <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> NFT community, but his<br />

true value comes <strong>in</strong> him shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his emotions and feel<strong>in</strong>gs through<br />

acrylic.<br />

With 33.4 thousand followers on<br />

Instagram, his profile is as a surreal<br />

abstract come cubist pa<strong>in</strong>ter and<br />

NFT Artist. He has exhibited across<br />

Europe <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g London & Paris.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


EVENTS<br />

Bollywood<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ger Sunidhi<br />

Chauhan<br />

enthralls fans<br />

with her musical<br />

miscellany<br />

Sunidhi Chauhan, <strong>the</strong><br />

Bollywood pop idol made<br />

a grand entrance with her<br />

signature hit -- ‘Crazy Kiya<br />

Re’ from <strong>the</strong> blockbuster ‘Dhoom<br />

2’ <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> recent ‘Sunidhi Chauhan<br />

Live Concert' held at <strong>the</strong> Coco<br />

Cola Arena <strong>in</strong> Dubai on <strong>the</strong> 13th of<br />

August <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

She is well known for her<br />

strong and brassy voice, and <strong>the</strong><br />

audience welcomed her with a<br />

thump<strong>in</strong>g roar. Hundreds of music<br />

fans experienced a non-stop<br />

rendition of some iconic Bollywood<br />

numbers from Chauhan with a bass<br />

guitar that hit all <strong>the</strong> right chords<br />

and a percussionist who struck <strong>the</strong><br />

right sounds.<br />

The musical night that felt like<br />

an electrify<strong>in</strong>g rock concert was<br />

organized by PME Events, <strong>the</strong><br />

entire audience was sway<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

danc<strong>in</strong>g through <strong>the</strong> three-hour<br />

long gig.<br />

Sunidhi celebrated her birthday<br />

a day after <strong>the</strong> concert on <strong>the</strong> 14th<br />

of August, she took this opportunity<br />

to express her love and gratitude to<br />

her fans <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

“I have been wait<strong>in</strong>g to perform<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai. I always love perform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


EVENTS<br />

here. We have a great crowd here<br />

who love to listen to all songs,” said<br />

<strong>the</strong> superstar s<strong>in</strong>ger.<br />

Chauhan performed some of her<br />

major hits <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g ‘Sajna ve Sajna’<br />

(Chameli), ‘Dance Pe Chance’<br />

(Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi), <strong>the</strong> stirr<strong>in</strong>g<br />

song ‘Kyon na hum tum’ (Barfi)<br />

particularly touched <strong>the</strong> hearts of<br />

<strong>the</strong> audience with Chauhan’s soft<br />

and lit<strong>in</strong>g voice.<br />

The digital backdrop of a hand<br />

artist do<strong>in</strong>g a live take on <strong>the</strong><br />

male voice of <strong>the</strong> rendition made<br />

this song even more endear<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The spectacle comb<strong>in</strong>ed with her<br />

magical voice made it a high po<strong>in</strong>t<br />

of <strong>the</strong> night.<br />

Chauhan repeatedly lauded<br />

<strong>the</strong> Dubai music lovers for <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

discern<strong>in</strong>g taste <strong>in</strong> music dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> thump<strong>in</strong>g concert. She also<br />

swayed <strong>the</strong> audience through a<br />

medley of her romantic songs and<br />

kick-started with ‘Bhage Re Man’<br />

(Chameli), <strong>the</strong>n followed it up with<br />

‘Lae Dooba’ (Aiyaary) which was<br />

received with a resound<strong>in</strong>g roar<br />

from <strong>the</strong> audience.<br />

Divyansh <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>ner of India’s<br />

Got Talent Season 9 jo<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>the</strong><br />

artist on <strong>the</strong> stage. The beatbox<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artist added a twist to <strong>the</strong><br />

concert, women <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> audience<br />

were <strong>in</strong> for a pleasant surprise as<br />

<strong>the</strong> s<strong>in</strong>ger asked <strong>the</strong>m to stand up<br />

as she sang her hit song ‘Desi Girl’<br />

(Dostana). From <strong>the</strong> ages of 16 to<br />

60, <strong>the</strong> concert saw women stand<br />

up and sport<strong>in</strong>gly bust a few of<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir own Bollywood dance moves.<br />

Sunidhi also paid a tribute<br />

to late Indian playback s<strong>in</strong>ger<br />

Krishnakumar Kunnath (KK). She<br />

was visibly emotional as she looked<br />

back at his amaz<strong>in</strong>g journey.<br />

- events@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 35



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ART NEWS<br />

Qatar to transform <strong>in</strong>to an<br />

outdoor art gallery, before <strong>the</strong> FIFA<br />

World Cup <strong>in</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Qatar Museums has<br />

proposed an extensive<br />

public art <strong>in</strong>itiative that<br />

will be implemented not<br />

just <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> nation’s capital of Doha<br />

but also <strong>the</strong> entire nation <strong>in</strong> front of<br />

<strong>the</strong> rapidly com<strong>in</strong>g FIFA World Cup<br />

Qatar <strong>2022</strong>. 40 new pieces will be<br />

added to <strong>the</strong> 70 that are already<br />

present nationwide, transform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> country’s public spaces—parks,<br />

commercial areas, rail stations, hotel<br />

plazas, cultural <strong>in</strong>stitutions, Hamad<br />

International Airport, and <strong>the</strong> eight<br />

World Cup <strong>2022</strong> stadiums—<strong>in</strong>to a<br />

“vast outdoor art museum.”<br />

In a statement, Qatar Museums’<br />

chair Sheikha Al-Mayassa b<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Hamad b<strong>in</strong> Khalifa Al-Thani<br />

said, “The <strong>in</strong>stallation of 40 new,<br />

significant works of public art this fall<br />

represents a significant milestone<br />

for Qatar’s public art <strong>in</strong>itiative."<br />

One of our most visible examples<br />

of cross-cultural <strong>in</strong>terchange<br />

is public art, where we display<br />

creations from creators of many<br />

backgrounds and nationalities.<br />

Public art is present to make your<br />

experience dist<strong>in</strong>ctive, from <strong>the</strong><br />

arrivals at <strong>the</strong> best airport <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world, Hamad International Airport,<br />

One of our most visible<br />

examples of cross-cultural<br />

<strong>in</strong>terchange is public<br />

art, where we display<br />

creations from creators<br />

of many backgrounds and<br />

nationalities.<br />

to every neighbourhood <strong>in</strong> our<br />

country.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> region, Qatar was among<br />

<strong>the</strong> first nations to develop a public<br />

art programme, which currently<br />

features pieces by Richard Serra,<br />

Tom Claaseen, Bruce Nauman,<br />

Louise Bourgeois, and Urs Fischer.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Abdulrahman<br />

Ahmed Al-Ishaq, director of public<br />

art at Qatar Museums, “Qatar<br />

Museums’ public art programme,<br />

more than anyth<strong>in</strong>g else, serves as<br />

a rem<strong>in</strong>der that art is all around us,<br />

not just <strong>in</strong> museums and galleries,<br />

and can be enjoyed and celebrated<br />

whe<strong>the</strong>r you are go<strong>in</strong>g to work, or<br />

school, or <strong>the</strong> desert, or <strong>the</strong> beach.”<br />

On November 21, <strong>the</strong> FIFA World<br />

Cup Qatar <strong>2022</strong> beg<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 37


Magical illustrations<br />

By Relna Olivia<br />

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Relna Olivia is a 24-yearold<br />

young blood with a<br />

pair of magical wands <strong>in</strong><br />

her hands. She creates<br />

a fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g world of<br />

emotions via her artworks. She loves<br />

to portray nostalgia, friendship,<br />

and o<strong>the</strong>r relationships <strong>in</strong> a hearttouch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

way. Her work is always<br />

rooted <strong>in</strong> pure love and romance.<br />

She is a graduate <strong>in</strong> English<br />

literature from <strong>the</strong> University of<br />

Calicut and is currently work<strong>in</strong>g as<br />

a Digital Artist at Capio Interactive,<br />

Calicut. She started <strong>the</strong> journey<br />

as an artist <strong>in</strong> her early childhood<br />

and cont<strong>in</strong>ues with more passion<br />

and determ<strong>in</strong>ation. She is an avid<br />

observer and storyteller. Through<br />

her artwork, she <strong>in</strong>spires her<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs to be wrapped <strong>in</strong> love.<br />

" I love to portray feel<strong>in</strong>gs that are<br />

beyond words and expressions.<br />

This is my zone of happ<strong>in</strong>ess and<br />

passion, "says Relna.<br />

As an artist, she states that none of<br />

her works are for any profit or benefit,<br />

all of <strong>the</strong>m are enchanted with nature<br />

" I love to portray<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>gs that are<br />

beyond words and<br />

expressions. This is<br />

my zone of happ<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

and passion, "says<br />

Relna.<br />

and exhilarat<strong>in</strong>g moments. She<br />

cherishes each beautiful moment<br />

<strong>in</strong> her life through realistic artwork.<br />

The colors used <strong>in</strong> her work are<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g and highly <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The artist Relna embelished<br />

her style by us<strong>in</strong>g hyper-realistic<br />

portraits. The unconditional love<br />

between a mo<strong>the</strong>r and child, loveydovey<br />

moments, etc. are saturated<br />

<strong>in</strong> her works and each has a story to<br />

communicate. She always reflects a<br />

deep connection with <strong>the</strong> moments<br />

she portrays. Recently, her first ever<br />

book cover illustration for reputed<br />

writer Ms. Preetha Vasan's book was<br />

published. She is look<strong>in</strong>g forward to<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world more fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with her art.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


ART NEWS<br />

Everyone can become an<br />

art collector with NFTs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

picture, here’s how<br />

The most eager users<br />

Most <strong>in</strong>dividuals only<br />

ever purchase a<br />

cheap poster from a<br />

gallery as <strong>the</strong>ir closest<br />

connection to own<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

famous piece of art, but art dealers<br />

are keen to use technology to attract<br />

new collectors.<br />

Anaida Schneider, a former<br />

banker who now resides <strong>in</strong><br />

Switzerland, is one of those<br />

push<strong>in</strong>g new ownership models;<br />

for a nom<strong>in</strong>al charge, <strong>in</strong>vestors<br />

can purchase a digital portion of<br />

a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and split <strong>the</strong> proceeds<br />

when she sells it.<br />

She expla<strong>in</strong>ed that not everyone<br />

has $1 million to <strong>in</strong>vest. So, I had<br />

<strong>the</strong> notion to break it out and create<br />

it a blockcha<strong>in</strong>-based mutual fund.<br />

An NFT, a special digital token<br />

created and kept on <strong>the</strong> blockcha<strong>in</strong>,<br />

<strong>the</strong> computer code that powers<br />

cryptocurrencies, is given to each<br />

purchaser.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to analyst company<br />

NonFungible, NFT artworks<br />

accounted for around $2.8 billion <strong>in</strong><br />

sales last year, and <strong>the</strong> rate has only<br />

marg<strong>in</strong>ally decreased <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> first half<br />

of this year.<br />

The most eager users of <strong>the</strong><br />

technology are collectors and<br />

artists, even if it means only be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

able to possess a portion of a digital<br />

reproduction of a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

In order to provide ownership<br />

of digital copies of masterworks,<br />

thirteen Italian <strong>in</strong>stitutions recently<br />

struck agreements with C<strong>in</strong>ello, a<br />

company that distributes limitededition<br />

digital reproductions.<br />

The purchaser receives a one-ofa-k<strong>in</strong>d,<br />

high-resolution digital copy<br />

of <strong>the</strong> technology are<br />

collectors and artists,<br />

even if it means only<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g able to possess<br />

a portion of a digital<br />

reproduction of a<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

to display on a screen <strong>in</strong> addition<br />

to a certificate from <strong>the</strong> museum,<br />

which keeps half of <strong>the</strong> sales price.<br />

Customers can request an NFT to<br />

go along with <strong>the</strong>ir image, but <strong>the</strong><br />

company claimed to have <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

own proprietary mechanism, which<br />

<strong>the</strong>y refer to as DAW, to ensure<br />

ownership.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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The real NFT and<br />

Metaverse revolution<br />

is only gett<strong>in</strong>g started<br />

NFTs - non-fungible tokens,<br />

are <strong>the</strong> cornerstone on<br />

which <strong>the</strong> Metaverse<br />

is be<strong>in</strong>g built. This fact<br />

makes <strong>the</strong> NFTs and<br />

Metaverse <strong>in</strong>extricably l<strong>in</strong>ked, and<br />

hence <strong>the</strong> revolution around <strong>the</strong>se<br />

technologies all <strong>the</strong> more excit<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The crypto and blockcha<strong>in</strong><br />

markets have matured and evolved<br />

greatly over <strong>the</strong> last few years. With<br />

<strong>the</strong> rise of Web3, bus<strong>in</strong>esses tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on Metaverse facilities with open<br />

arms have <strong>in</strong>creased <strong>the</strong>ir popularity<br />

amongst providers and consumers.<br />

The UAE is no exception <strong>in</strong> realiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> potential of <strong>the</strong> Metaverse and<br />

is liv<strong>in</strong>g up to its reputation of be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> earliest adopters of this<br />

technology and its complementary<br />

fields as well.<br />

Cha<strong>in</strong>analysis State of Web3<br />

reports that collectors have sent<br />

over $37 billion to NFT marketplaces<br />

between January and May this<br />

year. This <strong>in</strong>dicates that <strong>the</strong> NFT<br />

marketplace is poised to break<br />

<strong>the</strong> limit set by 2021’s total of $40<br />

billion. Generally, <strong>the</strong> NFT market<br />

has its peaks and troughs. They are<br />

often due to global trends and user<br />

demand. Tak<strong>in</strong>g that <strong>in</strong>to account,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re has been an <strong>in</strong>crease every<br />

quarter from 2020 before <strong>the</strong> dip <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> 2nd quarter of <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

NFTs allow people to own digital<br />

assets. Images, audios, and videos<br />

can be sold and bought or even<br />

transferred between NFT owners.<br />

This generates <strong>in</strong>terest and <strong>the</strong><br />

demand to own an NFT due to <strong>the</strong><br />

digital nature and <strong>the</strong> unique token<br />

identifier of your asset. That is not all.<br />

With<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Metaverse, one can even<br />

own <strong>the</strong>ir very own virtual real estate.<br />

Have you ever seen <strong>the</strong> movie by<br />

Steven Speilberg - Ready Player<br />

One? We can draw <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g<br />

parallels between <strong>the</strong> Oasis (<strong>the</strong><br />

universe <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> movie <strong>in</strong> which<br />

players can <strong>in</strong>teract us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

avatars) and <strong>the</strong> Metaverse.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>terest reaches new highs<br />

due to <strong>the</strong> simple fact of enabl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

people to express <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

<strong>in</strong> different ways. Many brands,<br />

gam<strong>in</strong>g communities, and<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals have already begun<br />

treat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Metaverse as a liv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

reality that is actively <strong>in</strong>fluenc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> virtual experience. Blockcha<strong>in</strong>based<br />

virtual real estate prices grew<br />

by 879% from <strong>September</strong> 2019 to<br />

March <strong>2022</strong>. Compare this to a 39%<br />

growth <strong>in</strong> real estate prices dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> same time, show<strong>in</strong>g a grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

disparity between <strong>the</strong> consumer's<br />

<strong>in</strong>terests.<br />

Brands <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE have been<br />

quick to embrace <strong>the</strong> Metaverse.<br />

Backed by <strong>the</strong> government’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives such as <strong>the</strong> Dubai<br />

Metaverse Strategy, which aims<br />

to <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>the</strong> Metaverse sector’s<br />

contribution to <strong>the</strong> nation’s economy<br />

to 1% of <strong>the</strong> total GDP.<br />

Etihad Airways have m<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

NFTs. The collection of 2,003 limited<br />

edition collectibles offers travel<br />

and lifestyle benefits to its owners.<br />

Dubai’s Museum of <strong>the</strong> Future, <strong>in</strong><br />

collaboration with B<strong>in</strong>ance NFT, has<br />

developed a range of virtual assets<br />

that are ready to go public <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

com<strong>in</strong>g weeks. These <strong>in</strong>itiatives<br />

are steps towards usher<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

Metaverse <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> daily lives of<br />

people to bolster and augment<br />

communities and events alike.<br />

Technologies like <strong>the</strong> Metaverse<br />

and blockcha<strong>in</strong> operate seamlessly<br />

to <strong>in</strong>troduce a better quality of life<br />

for <strong>the</strong>ir users. Let's take <strong>the</strong> gam<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry, for example. An <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

that is set to be valued at $321 billion<br />

by 2026 stands to benefit through<br />

such technologies. There are easier<br />

ways to animate and create games<br />

and more immersive media through<br />

which one can experience <strong>the</strong><br />

stories created by <strong>the</strong> developers.<br />

In a few years, an avid role-play<strong>in</strong>g<br />

gamer will experience <strong>the</strong> feel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of be<strong>in</strong>g part of <strong>the</strong> Animus (<strong>the</strong><br />

fictional eng<strong>in</strong>e that helps <strong>the</strong> player<br />

tap <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> lives of <strong>the</strong>ir ancestors<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Assass<strong>in</strong>s Creed franchise<br />

developed by Ubisoft), and that will<br />

change gam<strong>in</strong>g forever.<br />

- editor@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 41

EVENTS<br />

An exhilarat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

night at Dubai<br />

with Alan Walker,<br />

KSHMR, and<br />

Syence<br />

EDM genius Alan Walker<br />

lit <strong>the</strong> Coca Cola Arena<br />

on <strong>the</strong> 26th of August<br />

<strong>2022</strong> with his fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

performance along<br />

with ano<strong>the</strong>r EDM star KSHMR<br />

and Syence. The British born<br />

Norwegian DJ, Alan Walker made a<br />

grand entrance on <strong>the</strong> exhilarat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

night.<br />

DJ Alan is well known for his<br />

blockbuster hits Faded, On My<br />

Way, Alone and many more. The DJ<br />

has had 15 billion+ streams on his<br />

audio and video from worldwide.<br />

This award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g artist is also<br />

known for his trademark mask and<br />

hoodie.<br />

He has collaborated with a<br />

host of major <strong>in</strong>ternational talents<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Noah Cyrus, Sia, Bruno<br />

Mars, Avicii, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus,<br />

Kygo, Charli XCX, Julia Michaels<br />

and more. Alan was also jo<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

by Niles Hollowell-Dhar or as he is<br />

more commonly known as KSHMR.<br />

He is famous for his 2010 global<br />

smash Like A G6 and Tsunami.<br />

KSHMR (pronounced ‘Kashmir’)<br />

rose to fame with his track Secrets<br />

which was a collaboration with<br />

Tiësto and Vassy.<br />

The EDM geniuses were jo<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

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EVENTS<br />

by duo Zach Montoya and Brayden<br />

James, who toge<strong>the</strong>r form Syence.<br />

Syence were also thrown <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong><br />

electronic mix. The duo is known<br />

for <strong>the</strong>ir experiment with music<br />

and have pioneered a sound <strong>the</strong>y<br />

called bass pop – bright, feel-good<br />

melodies while explor<strong>in</strong>g a bassdriven,<br />

dark, and edgy side. Their<br />

top hits <strong>in</strong>clude Nice Girl, Lies,<br />

Firehazard, Mr Emotional and many<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

The extraord<strong>in</strong>ary performances<br />

by <strong>the</strong> DJs made <strong>the</strong> audience<br />

groove to <strong>the</strong>ir tunes, as a result<br />

<strong>the</strong> arena was filled with lights and<br />

bright spaces.<br />

- events@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 43

ART TALK<br />

Why are NFT Platforms<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g up physical gallery space?<br />

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs)<br />

are a new medium of art<br />

expression through its<br />

digital capabilities. NFT<br />

art, from its <strong>in</strong>ception, has been a<br />

product that <strong>the</strong> art community has<br />

difficulty accept<strong>in</strong>g as f<strong>in</strong>e art. So,<br />

NFT platforms have begun tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives to change that with a<br />

plan that rests on <strong>the</strong> pillars of -<br />

education and awareness.<br />

As <strong>2022</strong> rolls by, NFT art has<br />

picked up momentum. Galleries<br />

and art forums have <strong>in</strong>vited NFT<br />

artists to provide a space for<br />

such art to be showcased to<br />

<strong>the</strong> audience. These avenues<br />

generate awareness <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> artistic<br />

communities about NFT art and<br />

artists. The po<strong>in</strong>t here is that NFTs<br />

<strong>in</strong> some way, appear to have a<br />

barrier of entry for <strong>the</strong> genu<strong>in</strong>e<br />

enthusiast explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> artistic or<br />

<strong>the</strong> creative world.<br />

For NFT platforms, that is<br />

<strong>the</strong> reason<strong>in</strong>g beh<strong>in</strong>d open<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up physical galleries. Physical<br />

galleries stand to br<strong>in</strong>g out and<br />

present this art to <strong>the</strong> common<br />

public. By mak<strong>in</strong>g NFT art a<br />

part of a community's daily life<br />

platforms seek to change <strong>the</strong><br />

public perception of such digital<br />

constructs.<br />

NFTs stand for non-fungible<br />

tokens that are unique digital<br />

tokens that cannot be duplicated.<br />

The beauty of such digital tokens is<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y are always one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir value to <strong>the</strong>ir holder<br />

and a community unique and<br />

<strong>in</strong>valuable to <strong>the</strong> right collector.<br />

While <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terest is <strong>the</strong>re,<br />

<strong>the</strong> decl<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g NFT market and<br />

concerns about <strong>the</strong> relevance of<br />

cryptocurrency have raised some<br />

eyebrows about this form of digital<br />

art’s future. One might even say<br />

NFTs<br />

stand for nonfungible<br />

tokens that are<br />

unique digital tokens that<br />

cannot be duplicated. The beauty<br />

of such digital tokens is that <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are always one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir value to <strong>the</strong>ir holder and<br />

a community unique and<br />

<strong>in</strong>valuable to <strong>the</strong> right<br />

collector.<br />

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Educat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

public and <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g different and unique<br />

is a great way to help create<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> NFT art. Hav<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

space to showcase such art allows<br />

visitors to feel like <strong>the</strong>y are a part<br />

of someth<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>vites <strong>the</strong>m<br />

to give NFTs a chance.<br />

that this fact of an <strong>in</strong>com<strong>in</strong>g crypto<br />

w<strong>in</strong>ter has forced <strong>the</strong> hands of<br />

NFT platforms to experiment with<br />

different ways to showcase <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

works.<br />

The concept of digital art m<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

<strong>in</strong> a device is unexplored, which<br />

has always caused concerns<br />

among numerous artistic<br />

communities. For conservative art<br />

enthusiasts, <strong>the</strong> def<strong>in</strong>ition of art<br />

stands to change dramatically with<br />

NFTs becom<strong>in</strong>g more ma<strong>in</strong>stream<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art community. Concerns<br />

about a chang<strong>in</strong>g def<strong>in</strong>ition of what<br />

art is can be <strong>the</strong> primary concern<br />

for <strong>the</strong> better part of <strong>the</strong> public.<br />

NFT as a concept and an avenue<br />

for f<strong>in</strong>e art have a long way to go <strong>in</strong><br />

chang<strong>in</strong>g public perception.<br />

Educat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> public and<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g someth<strong>in</strong>g different<br />

and unique is a great way to help<br />

create <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> NFT art. Hav<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

space to showcase such art allows<br />

visitors to feel like <strong>the</strong>y are a part of<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>vites <strong>the</strong>m to give<br />

NFTs a chance.<br />

For now, NFT platforms have<br />

to f<strong>in</strong>d ways to understand and<br />

solve <strong>the</strong> high prices and <strong>the</strong><br />

complicated approach to collect<strong>in</strong>g<br />

NFTs.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g physical spaces to host<br />

<strong>in</strong>terested public NFT platforms<br />

stand to reach a larger population<br />

as humans are creatures of<br />

emotions. With physical galleries<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g a different and unique<br />

experience, such platforms stand<br />

to survive <strong>the</strong> oncom<strong>in</strong>g low <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

cryptocurrency market by rely<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on <strong>the</strong> importance of curat<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g experience for its visitors.<br />

All <strong>in</strong> all, NFT platforms have<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir work cut out for <strong>the</strong>m. But with<br />

artists do<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir best to forge<br />

relationships based on <strong>the</strong> trust<br />

and value of art <strong>in</strong> our lives has led<br />

to a newfound appreciation for NFT<br />

art, which sits at <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>tersection of<br />

technology and art.<br />

- editor@magzoid.com<br />

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Origami around UAE by Rohith Rao<br />

“Comb<strong>in</strong>ed with 3D and stock footage I was able to<br />

accomplish my daughter's wish. One day I wish to see this<br />

fantasy <strong>in</strong> reality” says Rohith<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

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Rohit Rao is an enthusiastic<br />

f<strong>in</strong>e artist who has worked<br />

on more than 500 projects<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai over <strong>the</strong> course<br />

of his 16-year career as a<br />

3D Art Director and 3D Generalist <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> event bus<strong>in</strong>ess, TV commercials,<br />

and 3D animation.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce he was a young boy,<br />

Rohit has been enamored by <strong>the</strong><br />

complicated Japanese technique of<br />

origami. He realized his next huge<br />

project, which is a sight to behold,<br />

as he was teach<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> skill to his<br />

daughter. He received <strong>the</strong> First<br />

rank <strong>in</strong> his Bachelor of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts <strong>in</strong><br />

Applied Arts studies. In all of his<br />

work, he strives to produce an artistic<br />

outcome.<br />

He has completed more than 500<br />

projects <strong>in</strong> Dubai throughout his 16<br />

years as a 3D Art Director.<br />

He is currently a full-time freelance<br />

artist who, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> true spirit of Dubai,<br />

loves to comb<strong>in</strong>e technology with art<br />

<strong>in</strong> his work! His next task is to br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

this onl<strong>in</strong>e-created fantasy picture to<br />

life. “Everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> origami depends<br />

on <strong>the</strong> right way to fold a square.”<br />

Says Rohith<br />

“Everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

origami depends<br />

on <strong>the</strong> right way to<br />

fold a square.” Says<br />

Rohith<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce he began learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

origami as a child, he has come to<br />

understand how everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

art form depends on know<strong>in</strong>g how<br />

to fold a square properly. As he and<br />

his daughter Vipanchi fold origami,<br />

Vipanchi expressed a desire to<br />

see <strong>the</strong> largest origami <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

“Comb<strong>in</strong>ed with 3D and stock<br />

footage I was able to accomplish<br />

my daughter's wish. One day I wish<br />

to see this fantasy <strong>in</strong> reality.” Says<br />

Rohith<br />

Numerous videos related to<br />

his freelanc<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>terests are<br />

available on his YouTube channel.<br />

Although it largely concerns Dubai<br />

and <strong>the</strong> United Arab Emirates, his<br />

work also covers o<strong>the</strong>r nations,<br />

charitable causes <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

environmental awareness, and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r topics.<br />

With his artistic and technical<br />

abilities, <strong>the</strong>re is where he found <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration and <strong>the</strong> idea. He made<br />

<strong>the</strong> choice to make one. He was<br />

able to fulfil his daughter's request<br />

by us<strong>in</strong>g stock film, 3D, and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

techniques.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Digital<br />

Technology<br />

and Art of <strong>the</strong><br />

21 st Century<br />

Art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> twenty-first<br />

century is a boom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

realm of practise,<br />

research, and<br />

publication, mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

a fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g field to study. Many<br />

important topics have resurfaced<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> new century, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g new<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g and scholarly debate, such<br />

as <strong>the</strong> rise of bio art <strong>in</strong> response<br />

to scientific research <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> life<br />

sciences, and relational aes<strong>the</strong>tics,<br />

a critical <strong>the</strong>ory that arose <strong>in</strong><br />

response to an <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>in</strong> art that<br />

<strong>in</strong>vites viewers' participation and<br />

<strong>in</strong>teraction.<br />

Semiotics, post-modernism, and<br />

fem<strong>in</strong>ism, among o<strong>the</strong>r subjects<br />

that were hotly debated <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> late<br />

twentieth century, are still relevant<br />

to <strong>the</strong> study of twenty-first-century<br />

art and visual culture.<br />

The art of <strong>the</strong> twenty-first century<br />

is made up of a wide range of<br />

materials and methods. These<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude cutt<strong>in</strong>g-edge technology<br />

<strong>in</strong>novations like digital imag<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

<strong>the</strong> Internet, as well as well-known<br />

genres with a lengthy history that<br />

are still pursued with zeal, such as<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The visual arts landscape<br />

has been transformed by digital<br />

technologies. Digital technology is<br />

now be<strong>in</strong>g used by certa<strong>in</strong> artists<br />

to broaden <strong>the</strong>ir artistic horizons.<br />

The adoption of sophisticated<br />

software allows any computer user<br />

to generate and alter images and<br />

data. Computers have evolved <strong>in</strong>to<br />

high-tech artistic tools, rang<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

still photographs and animation to<br />

stream<strong>in</strong>g digital <strong>in</strong>formation and<br />

digital <strong>in</strong>stallations.<br />

NFTs made <strong>the</strong>ir debut <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world <strong>in</strong> 2017<br />

with <strong>the</strong> CryptoPunks <strong>in</strong>itiative by <strong>the</strong> US company<br />

LarvaLabs, which gave 10,000 unique digital<br />

avatars created by an algorithm for free.<br />

These new digital forms have<br />

been discovered by artists to foster<br />

collaboration. As previously noted,<br />

<strong>in</strong>teractive digital works challenge<br />

<strong>the</strong> notion of a discrete work by a<br />

s<strong>in</strong>gle author. In <strong>in</strong>teractive digital<br />

media, a source artist cannot claim<br />

to be <strong>the</strong> sole author of a work<br />

because anybody who <strong>in</strong>teracts<br />

with it is collaborat<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong><br />

source artist.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r art form that has<br />

emerged <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> twenty-first century<br />

is NFTs and <strong>the</strong> digital art that is<br />

l<strong>in</strong>ked with <strong>the</strong>m. NFTs made <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

debut <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world <strong>in</strong> 2017 with<br />

<strong>the</strong> CryptoPunks <strong>in</strong>itiative by <strong>the</strong><br />

US company LarvaLabs, which<br />

gave 10,000 unique digital avatars<br />

created by an algorithm for free.<br />

Because of blockcha<strong>in</strong> technology,<br />

NFTs enable digital scarcity. Some<br />

avatars had rarer features than<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs, but <strong>the</strong>y were all impossible<br />

to copy. This means that, for <strong>the</strong> first<br />

time, digital art may be exposed to<br />

<strong>the</strong> forces that drive <strong>the</strong> art market.<br />

It's crucial to comprehend how<br />

NFTs work and, more importantly,<br />

how <strong>the</strong>y apply to art. When you<br />

buy an NFT, you're gett<strong>in</strong>g a token<br />

as well as <strong>the</strong> artwork that comes<br />

with it. When used <strong>in</strong> art, NFTs<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> digital scarcity by allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> creation of one-of-a-k<strong>in</strong>d pieces<br />

or limited and numbered editions.<br />

-editor@magzoid.com<br />

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Digital Art of 'Inf<strong>in</strong>ite Stories',<br />

A Hypnotic Journey with Endless Zoom-<strong>in</strong>s<br />

The evolution of technologies<br />

has changed every aspect<br />

of our daily lives, and<br />

digitization has redef<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

art and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Appreciation<br />

of digital art on <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet<br />

grows when artists explore new<br />

techniques that surprise us and<br />

transport us to a different world.<br />

In recent times, artist Vaskange<br />

posted his work of art <strong>in</strong> Twitter<br />

with <strong>the</strong> caption “The orig<strong>in</strong>al video<br />

of my artwork here. Stay tuned, to<br />

discover more <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite stories!” this<br />

video of <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g and excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

creation of a digital artist has<br />

caught <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet by storm. The<br />

video takes us on a journey with<br />

<strong>the</strong> artist through endless zoom-<strong>in</strong>s<br />

that allows <strong>the</strong> artist to tell ‘<strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite<br />

stories.’<br />

We can see a person zoom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> on po<strong>in</strong>ts of focus on a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

only to discover ano<strong>the</strong>r scene<br />

nestled effortless <strong>in</strong>side <strong>the</strong> screen.<br />

We realize that with digital art,<br />

artists can dive deeper <strong>in</strong>to how<br />

<strong>the</strong>y can tell a story with colors.<br />

For Vaskange, he talks about his<br />

vacations <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>se scenes.<br />

The artist describes his work<br />

as follows “I drew a new story <strong>in</strong><br />

a photo of my office to tell you<br />

about my vacation. The excitement<br />

of leav<strong>in</strong>g when you pack your<br />

suitcase, <strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong> trip, <strong>the</strong> travel.<br />

You are already start<strong>in</strong>g to release<br />

<strong>the</strong> pressure a little bit, and <strong>the</strong>n<br />

explorations that you do to discover<br />

new places, and when you come<br />

across absolutely grandiose<br />

landscapes that you did not<br />

suspect. But for me, <strong>the</strong> holidays<br />

are also <strong>the</strong> sun of <strong>the</strong> islands and<br />

<strong>the</strong> small pretty villages where you<br />

have <strong>the</strong> impression that time has<br />

stopped.”<br />

The most fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g element of<br />

this work is that <strong>the</strong> art does not<br />

pixelate. Pixelation is a real problem<br />

for our daily appetite for social<br />

media. Videos or images which are<br />

pixelated also knows as <strong>the</strong> lack<br />

of sharpness and <strong>the</strong> presence of<br />

weird-look<strong>in</strong>g boxes are someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that any of us doesn’t want. This is<br />

where <strong>the</strong> magic happens, as <strong>the</strong><br />

art ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>s its <strong>in</strong>itial high quality<br />

throughout <strong>the</strong> process.<br />

It’s hard to have not found this<br />

video <strong>in</strong> your feed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> past few<br />

days. This video is a true testament<br />

to <strong>the</strong> potential of digital art as<br />

a unique and powerful tool to<br />

rediscover storytell<strong>in</strong>g through art.<br />

It has left netizens impressed,<br />

and baffled at <strong>the</strong> trick of so<br />

many zoom-<strong>in</strong>s. So far, <strong>the</strong> video<br />

has been played 12 million times<br />

and has over a thousand likes on<br />

Twitter.<br />

- editor@magzoid.com<br />

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F<strong>in</strong>e Art<br />

by Patricia Ochudlo<br />

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“Each piece I pa<strong>in</strong>t is an ode to <strong>the</strong> vibrancy, light and limitless potential<br />

with<strong>in</strong> us, just wait<strong>in</strong>g to be realized” says Patricia<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Patricia Ochudlo is an<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g f<strong>in</strong>e artist from<br />

Germany. Internationally<br />

collected, her elegantly<br />

energetic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs can<br />

be found <strong>in</strong> private collections<br />

across <strong>the</strong> globe: mostly <strong>in</strong> Nor<strong>the</strong>rn<br />

America, Europe and Australia.<br />

Strong females, dreamscapes and<br />

vibrant patterns blend on her canvas,<br />

unleash<strong>in</strong>g a captivat<strong>in</strong>g world <strong>in</strong><br />

which reality and surrealism coexist.<br />

Her use of oil and mixed media<br />

produces a signature style which is<br />

characterized by its both sooth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and uplift<strong>in</strong>g atmosphere. “The<br />

desire to <strong>in</strong>vite o<strong>the</strong>rs to dream and<br />

explore <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>ner worlds is at <strong>the</strong><br />

core of my work” says Patricia.<br />

On social media, Patricia is part<br />

of a new generation of trailblaz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists shak<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>the</strong> way art is<br />

brought to <strong>the</strong> public. Through<br />

shar<strong>in</strong>g engag<strong>in</strong>g short videos of<br />

her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g process, she aims to<br />

echo <strong>the</strong> current zeitgeist and make<br />

her work accessible to broader<br />

audiences. And she does so with<br />

great success: many of her<br />

videos have gone viral and<br />

have ga<strong>in</strong>ed her recognition <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational markets.<br />

Patricia has felt drawn to<br />

creatively express herself s<strong>in</strong>ce a<br />

young age. Legend<br />

has it, she started<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g when she<br />

was able to first<br />

hold a pencil and<br />

sold her first orig<strong>in</strong>al<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g at <strong>the</strong> mere<br />

age of seven. The<br />

artist did not obta<strong>in</strong><br />

a traditional f<strong>in</strong>e art<br />

degree and <strong>in</strong>stead,<br />

prides herself <strong>in</strong><br />

be<strong>in</strong>g mostly selftaught.<br />

“Each piece<br />

I pa<strong>in</strong>t is an ode to<br />

<strong>the</strong> vibrancy, light<br />

and limitless potential<br />

with<strong>in</strong> us, just wait<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to be realized”<br />

“The desire to <strong>in</strong>vite<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs to dream and<br />

explore <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>ner<br />

worlds is at <strong>the</strong> core<br />

of my work” says<br />

Patricia.<br />

says Patricia<br />

She sharpened her knowledge of<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tics dur<strong>in</strong>g her Communication<br />

Design studies and now studies<br />

Art & Market<strong>in</strong>g Management, next<br />

to her profession of be<strong>in</strong>g a f<strong>in</strong>e<br />

artist. Her objective for her studies<br />

is to fur<strong>the</strong>r sharpen her bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

skills, which she believes greatly<br />

complement her artistic side.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, whilst she enjoys <strong>the</strong><br />

freedom and <strong>in</strong>dependence that<br />

self-represent<strong>in</strong>g br<strong>in</strong>gs; it is among<br />

her aspirations for <strong>the</strong> future to<br />

collaborate with galleries shar<strong>in</strong>g her<br />

artistic vision.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com<br />

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Top Hotels to<br />

explore this<br />

Summer<br />

Indecisive about your summer getaway<br />

plans? Swap <strong>the</strong> hassle of airl<strong>in</strong>e check-<strong>in</strong>s<br />

and fluctuat<strong>in</strong>g foreign exchange rates for<br />

a staycation <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE <strong>in</strong>stead. Home to<br />

some of <strong>the</strong> world’s luxurious hotel brands,<br />

you’ll be tempted to stay.<br />

Al Maha<br />

Your go-to dest<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>in</strong> Dubai to<br />

experience Bedou<strong>in</strong>-style liv<strong>in</strong>g with all<br />

<strong>the</strong> comforts expected <strong>in</strong> a luxury desert<br />

resort & spa. This oasis <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> middle of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve<br />

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Al Maha offers its visitors a unique<br />

experience with impressionable views<br />

of <strong>the</strong> sweep<strong>in</strong>g sand pla<strong>in</strong>s and Hajar<br />

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are designed like traditional Bedou<strong>in</strong> tents<br />

that naturally blend <strong>in</strong> with <strong>the</strong> desert<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>g. And to top it off, each suite has its<br />

private <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ity plunge pool.<br />

Armani<br />

Hotel<br />

The Armani Hotel<br />

Dubai is a contrast<br />

to its ultra-luxe peers<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai. It is <strong>the</strong><br />

perfect embodiment<br />

of elegance achieved<br />

through m<strong>in</strong>imalist<br />

opulence. The hotel<br />

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The suites are calm,<br />

ak<strong>in</strong> to a proverbial<br />

oasis <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> city.<br />

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Mandar<strong>in</strong><br />

Oriental<br />

Jumeira<br />

Life at Mandar<strong>in</strong> Oriental Jumeira,<br />

is of forever beach days, spa<br />

dates, and exceptional cuis<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Choos<strong>in</strong>g between sea-fac<strong>in</strong>g or<br />

city skyl<strong>in</strong>es rooms & suites is a<br />

challenge. The <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite views of <strong>the</strong><br />

Arabian Sea from <strong>the</strong> floor-to-ceil<strong>in</strong>g<br />

w<strong>in</strong>dows are dreamy; <strong>the</strong> views of<br />

<strong>the</strong> colorful Dubai skyscrapers are<br />

worth a million dollars.<br />

Palazzo<br />

Versace<br />

The union between Palazzo<br />

Versace and Dubai is a<br />

match made <strong>in</strong> heaven. On<br />

one side, we have Versace<br />

– <strong>the</strong> height of Italian luxury,<br />

and on <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r, we have<br />

<strong>the</strong> land of opulence -<br />

Dubai. This gives <strong>the</strong> visitors<br />

a chance to sample Italian<br />

hospitality <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Arab.<br />

Anantara World<br />

Islands Dubai<br />

Resort<br />

This new Maldives-style resort is set to open <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

middle of <strong>the</strong> Arabian Gulf, just 4km from Dubai’s<br />

coastl<strong>in</strong>e, on land that began to exist after 2005.<br />

This new resort will have 70 beach and pool villas<br />

& suites approximately 10 m<strong>in</strong>utes by boat from<br />

Palm Jumeirah.<br />

Guests will have a busy it<strong>in</strong>erary with great spa<br />

treatments, private float<strong>in</strong>g sea lounges, n<strong>in</strong>e<br />

islands nearby for leisure activities, and d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

options that would <strong>in</strong>clude a Mediterranean<br />

al fresco restaurant, Arabic-Indian specialty,<br />

barbecues on <strong>the</strong> beach, and a stylish lounge bar.<br />

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Watercolors<br />

By Alvaro Castagnet<br />

54<br />

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“Watercolours are<br />

my world, and I love<br />

travel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g watercolours”<br />

says Alvaro.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Alvaro Castagnet was born<br />

<strong>in</strong> Montevideo, <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

beautiful South American<br />

country of Uruguay. His<br />

early <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> art was<br />

cultivated ma<strong>in</strong>ly by his fa<strong>the</strong>r, who<br />

sent him to <strong>the</strong> National School of Art<br />

<strong>in</strong> Montevideo at a very young age<br />

where he was taught by Professor<br />

Esteban Gar<strong>in</strong>o.<br />

He carried on his formal education<br />

<strong>in</strong> art at <strong>the</strong> F<strong>in</strong>e Arts University,<br />

where Miguel Angel Pareja was<br />

his oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g tutor. “Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is an<br />

illusion, art is <strong>in</strong>side” says Alvaro.<br />

Alvaro migrated to Australia <strong>in</strong><br />

1983, and lived <strong>the</strong>re enjoy<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

cosmopolitan and forward-look<strong>in</strong>g<br />

attitude of that country for 20 years.<br />

The artist is fluent <strong>in</strong> Spanish, Italian,<br />

and English and currently lives <strong>in</strong><br />

Montevideo, Uruguay.<br />

He has been hold<strong>in</strong>g solo<br />

exhibitions s<strong>in</strong>ce 1985, and has been<br />

recognized with dozens of awards<br />

over <strong>the</strong> last 30 years.<br />

He is <strong>the</strong> author of <strong>the</strong> out-ofpr<strong>in</strong>t,<br />

“Watercolor Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

Passion”, “Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g with Passion –<br />

Beyond Technique” & “Watercolour<br />

Masterclass” books. Alvaro is<br />

featured <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>numerable art books,<br />

videos, DVDs and acclaimed<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational art publications.<br />

“Watercolours are my world, and<br />

I love travel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

watercolours” says Alvaro.<br />

His ma<strong>in</strong> studio is located <strong>in</strong><br />

Montevideo, Uruguay. He lives with<br />

his wife, Ana Maria. Their 2 sons,<br />

live <strong>in</strong> Melbourne, Australia. Gaston<br />

is a Graphic Designer, letter<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

“Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is an<br />

illusion, art is <strong>in</strong>side”<br />

says Alvaro.<br />

sign pa<strong>in</strong>ter artist and Calv<strong>in</strong> studies<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess at university. They all love<br />

soccer and travel<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


ART NEWS<br />

Meet Beatriz<br />

Cortez, <strong>the</strong> artist<br />

who transformed <strong>the</strong><br />

Volcanic eruption of AD<br />

431 to a metal sculpture<br />

Beatriz Cortez’s piece,<br />

Ilopango, Stela A (<strong>2022</strong>)<br />

evokes <strong>the</strong> history of<br />

Earth with <strong>the</strong> concepts<br />

of meteorites, igneous<br />

rock, and Mayan artifacts. This<br />

sculpture is part of Cortez’s sta<strong>in</strong>ed,<br />

wea<strong>the</strong>red metal sculptures on<br />

display at <strong>the</strong> Commonwealth &<br />

Council <strong>in</strong> Los Angeles. Her choice<br />

of medium welded steel builds on a<br />

sacred thread between geological<br />

matter and <strong>the</strong> migration of people<br />

across Earth.<br />

Ilopango, Stela A (<strong>2022</strong>)<br />

specifically considers <strong>the</strong> volcanic<br />

eruption of Ilopango <strong>in</strong> AD 431. A<br />

volcano that is now a caldera filled<br />

with one of El Salvador’s largest<br />

lakes. Cortez, who hails from El<br />

Salvador has researched <strong>the</strong><br />

importance of <strong>the</strong> volcanic eruption<br />

and its impact: eradicated Mayan<br />

settlements, rendered <strong>the</strong> area <strong>in</strong><br />

hospitality, deposited tephra as far<br />

as Greenland, and likely caused <strong>the</strong><br />

planet’s temperature to cool.<br />

Her sculptures celebrate charred<br />

weld – which would usually be<br />

sanded down and reduced, acquire<br />

an alien beauty, travel<strong>in</strong>g across<br />

<strong>the</strong> sculpture’s silvery surface to<br />

represent <strong>the</strong> vision of rivers of lava<br />

and tectonic plates.<br />

Beatriz Cortez, through her work,<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestigates <strong>the</strong> ancient patterns of<br />

This sculpture is part<br />

of Cortez’s sta<strong>in</strong>ed,<br />

wea<strong>the</strong>red metal<br />

sculptures on display at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Commonwealth &<br />

Council <strong>in</strong> Los Angeles.<br />

global migration caused by or due<br />

to geographic change. The artist<br />

call to attention <strong>the</strong> omnipresent<br />

<strong>in</strong>terconnectedness of nature and<br />

humanity’s vulnerability.<br />

- news@magzoid.com<br />

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NFTs, a technology that can bridge <strong>the</strong><br />

gap <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> art world<br />

A<br />

bridge is a medium<br />

that connects one from<br />

po<strong>in</strong>t A to po<strong>in</strong>t B. In<br />

<strong>the</strong> artistic world, such<br />

a bridge exists that<br />

serves as a connector between <strong>the</strong><br />

long-stand<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong>stitutions and<br />

<strong>the</strong> new <strong>in</strong>flux of digitalization <strong>in</strong> art.<br />

NFTs, known as non-fungible<br />

tokens, have taken on <strong>the</strong> mantle<br />

as a new form of art at <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tersection of technology and art.<br />

NFTs are m<strong>in</strong>ted digitally and ga<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir value due to <strong>the</strong> nature of <strong>the</strong><br />

blockcha<strong>in</strong>-based orig<strong>in</strong>s of <strong>the</strong>se<br />

digital art tokens. Blockcha<strong>in</strong> is<br />

<strong>the</strong> technology that enabled <strong>the</strong><br />

birth of NFTs through an artist's<br />

prowess. This fact provides NFT<br />

an opportunity to become a new<br />

art form <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> com<strong>in</strong>g years, as it<br />

enables artists and animators alike<br />

to extend <strong>the</strong>ir work formats and<br />

explore different ways to showcase<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir subjects.<br />

I don’t actually consider myself<br />

a digital artist. My animations are<br />

based on pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, and I’ve been<br />

exhibit<strong>in</strong>g my work for as long<br />

as I can remember <strong>in</strong> physical<br />

galleries. I do animations to see<br />

movement… It’s an extension of<br />

my art practice,” said Mr. Calleja. A<br />

Filip<strong>in</strong>o animator who found NFTs<br />

as an extension of his animations<br />

and a platform to showcase his<br />

works.<br />

Today, <strong>the</strong> jury is still out for NFTs.<br />

Though some groups refer to it as<br />

an element of f<strong>in</strong>e art, many avid<br />

art followers still prefer physical<br />

canvases over digital tokens. This<br />

simple fact speaks volumes about<br />

<strong>the</strong> public’s general perception of<br />

art created through technology.<br />

But <strong>the</strong>re have been some great<br />

showcases of digital works by<br />

artists that make an excit<strong>in</strong>g case<br />

<strong>in</strong> support of art composed through<br />

and with technology.<br />

Education is vital <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>troduc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a new art form to <strong>the</strong> general<br />

public. Galleries and art forums<br />

are <strong>the</strong> best places to get started.<br />

By provid<strong>in</strong>g a space for NFTs to<br />

be appreciated, we stand to see<br />

<strong>the</strong> bridge widen and enable <strong>the</strong><br />

general community to understand<br />

and be aware of this new medium<br />

of art, NFT art.<br />

We must realize that today art<br />

means a lot of different th<strong>in</strong>gs. With<br />

software like Adobe Lightroom and<br />

Photoshop, one can achieve m<strong>in</strong>dboggl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fidelity through digital art.<br />

Digital art is an essential element<br />

of modern art history, and f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ways for it to become part of<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>stream art alongside physical<br />

compositions is a great way to<br />

bridge technology and art.<br />

The perspective exists when we<br />

see NFTs as <strong>the</strong> bridge between<br />

exist<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong>stitutions and new<br />

artists. With <strong>the</strong> rise of digital<br />

art and artists, collectors have<br />

started tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> such<br />

works. Galleries and forums that<br />

used to host physical art now<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>the</strong>mselves provid<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>the</strong><br />

demand of hav<strong>in</strong>g physical spaces<br />

to showcase NFTs.<br />

NFTs are a product of art<br />

enabled by technology. Rid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on this wave of generative art,<br />

NFT artists has enjoyed grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

popularity. Us<strong>in</strong>g artificial<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence and mach<strong>in</strong>e learn<strong>in</strong>g/<br />

algorithms, artists can tap <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> power of programm<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

develop new media and add<br />

new <strong>in</strong>teractive elements to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

works. Such as <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite zooms, 3D<br />

landscapes, life-like fidelity, and so<br />

much more.<br />

Technology has changed every<br />

aspect of our lives, so why not art?<br />

We believe that NFT art stands to<br />

augment exist<strong>in</strong>g art communities<br />

and styles. Comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

creativity and <strong>in</strong>genuity of an artist<br />

with a mach<strong>in</strong>e-learn<strong>in</strong>g algorithm<br />

to generate art <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>utes allows<br />

for extraord<strong>in</strong>ary ways for artists to<br />

tell stories through <strong>the</strong>ir pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

All <strong>in</strong> all, technology and art<br />

are uncharted territory for all us<br />

art enthusiasts. We believe that<br />

with so many <strong>in</strong>stances of NFT art<br />

break<strong>in</strong>g new ground <strong>in</strong> terms of<br />

<strong>the</strong> technology applied and <strong>the</strong><br />

stories told through <strong>the</strong> works,<br />

we should give NFT art a chance<br />

to reduce <strong>the</strong> gap between<br />

technology and art <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 21st<br />

century.<br />

-editor@magzoid.com<br />


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Memories<br />

by Jasm<strong>in</strong>e<br />

58<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


“Mature pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g techniques come with<br />

<strong>the</strong> accumulation of experience, no one is<br />

able to pa<strong>in</strong>t a watercolor well at <strong>the</strong> very<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g.” says Jasm<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

- Exclusive to <strong>Magzoid</strong><br />

Jasm<strong>in</strong>e is an award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

watercolor artist from<br />

Taiwan and an AWS silver<br />

medal w<strong>in</strong>ner. She has her<br />

very recognizable style<br />

and aes<strong>the</strong>tics. Her soft, <strong>in</strong>timate<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs were highly appreciated<br />

by <strong>the</strong> jury of various <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

competitions.<br />

“Mature pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g techniques<br />

come with <strong>the</strong> accumulation of<br />

experience, no one is able to pa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

a watercolor well at <strong>the</strong> very<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g.” says Jasm<strong>in</strong>e. Her<br />

latest achievements <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

her work, “Enchanted with<br />

Venice", won <strong>the</strong> Silver Medal<br />

of Honor <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> 149th Annual<br />

International Exhibition of <strong>the</strong><br />

American Watercolor Society<br />

and also <strong>the</strong> “Best of<br />

Show” <strong>in</strong> Water<br />

Media<br />

“The style I am seek<strong>in</strong>g<br />

is <strong>the</strong> expressiveness<br />

comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g classical<br />

delicacy and elegance<br />

and modern, abstract<br />

structures.” says<br />

Jasm<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Showcase competition 2015.<br />

Her watercolor, “Yellow Roses”,<br />

awarded "The Jerry’s Artarama<br />

Award" at <strong>the</strong> NWS 95th International<br />

Exhibition; and her work, “Faith”,<br />

awarded as Splash 17: Inspir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Subjects Competition w<strong>in</strong>ner and<br />

won <strong>the</strong> Di Di Degl<strong>in</strong> Award <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

148th Annual International Exhibition<br />

of <strong>the</strong> American Watercolor Society.<br />

In addition, her watercolor, “White<br />

X’mas”, selected for The Matt Bruce<br />

RI Memorial Award at <strong>the</strong> 204th<br />

International Exhibition <strong>in</strong> Royal<br />

Institute of Watercolor Artists (RI)<br />

Jasm<strong>in</strong>e has been featured <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Art of Watercolor and her works<br />

have been <strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> “'Recipes of<br />

Transparent Watercolor 2'”, published<br />

by Japan Watercolor Society, and<br />

“Masters of Watercolor: From East to<br />

West”. “The style I am seek<strong>in</strong>g is <strong>the</strong><br />

expressiveness comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g classical<br />

delicacy and elegance and modern,<br />

abstract structures.” says Jasm<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Jasm<strong>in</strong>e now enjoys her watercolor<br />

creation <strong>in</strong> Taiwan and has been<br />

<strong>in</strong>vited to participate <strong>in</strong> major<br />

watercolor exhibition around <strong>the</strong><br />

world.<br />

- feature@magzoid.com<br />

www.magzoid.com <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



Art Exhibitions<br />

and Events to look out for<br />

M<strong>in</strong>dful Art Moments<br />

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is host<strong>in</strong>g a program that uses art to improve<br />

one's mental health. The Summer at <strong>the</strong> Museum program, this year<br />

is filled with activities of all ages and <strong>the</strong> highlights <strong>in</strong>clude M<strong>in</strong>dful Art<br />

Moments.<br />

When: Thursdays from August 21st until <strong>September</strong> 4th, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Where: Louvre Abu Dhabi<br />

The Sown Seed<br />

A summer show at Dubai's<br />

Erie Gallery, featur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

works of Abdoulaye Konaté,<br />

Ablade Glover, Betty<br />

Acquah, Maggie Otieno,<br />

Rikki Wemega-Kwawu, Wiz<br />

Kudowor, and Kwaku Yaro.<br />

An <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g and excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

roster of artists with at least<br />

30 years of experience<br />

under <strong>the</strong>ir belts<br />

When: Until <strong>September</strong><br />

30th, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Where: Efie Gallery, Al<br />

Khayat Art Avenue.<br />

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Crypto Fest, <strong>2022</strong><br />

A preem<strong>in</strong>ent festival of Blockcha<strong>in</strong>,<br />

Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, <strong>the</strong> Metaverse, Web 3.0,<br />

DeFi, M<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, Digital Asset Trad<strong>in</strong>g, and GameFi<br />

Projects. Listen to em<strong>in</strong>ent speakers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>se<br />

doma<strong>in</strong>s and understand how <strong>the</strong>se technologies<br />

stand to revolutionize art.<br />

When: 19th to 20th October<br />

Where: Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City<br />

Roya Rastegar Sani<br />

A solo art exhibition by Roya Rastegar Sani exhibited<br />

under <strong>the</strong> sponsorship of Art Lab, she passed <strong>the</strong><br />

courses of hyperrealism, m<strong>in</strong>iature, etc. Her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

and works of art are <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> rich history and<br />

culture of Iran, especially <strong>the</strong> traditional Iranian tile and<br />

its comb<strong>in</strong>ation with <strong>the</strong> modern female figure, which<br />

expresses a bridge between <strong>the</strong> style: (traditional) and<br />

(modernity) , which tells endless stories.<br />

When: Until 30th <strong>September</strong>, <strong>2022</strong><br />

Where: Radisson Red Hotel, Dubai<br />

Abu Dhabi<br />

Art Fair<br />

The fair is an opportunity<br />

for art enthusiasts to<br />

discover exhibitions,<br />

artist commissions, and<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations alongside<br />

<strong>the</strong> work of local and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational talent.<br />

When: November 16th<br />

to November 22md,<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />

Where: Manarat Al<br />

Saadiyat<br />

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In 1967, Americans Kenneth<br />

Knowlton and Leon Harmon created<br />

one of <strong>the</strong> first real digital artworks<br />

<strong>in</strong> history. They captured a shot of a<br />

woman and turned it <strong>in</strong>to a picture<br />

that consisted of computer pixels.<br />

“Mach<strong>in</strong>e Imag<strong>in</strong>arie” was<br />

created by a famous Hungarian<br />

artist Vela Monalnar <strong>in</strong> 1968,<br />

which allowed not just to create<br />

shapes, but also erase, deform<br />

or make <strong>the</strong>m cross, like <strong>in</strong><br />

geometric screen wallpapers of<br />

last 10 years.<br />

The animated art<br />

was first produced<br />

by Larry Cuba <strong>in</strong><br />

1974. Later, one<br />

of his most wellknown<br />

animations<br />

were used for <strong>the</strong><br />

“Star Wars” movie.<br />

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Bus<strong>in</strong>esses are now compet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to acquire virtual real estate <strong>in</strong><br />

Metaverse’s prime locations<br />

that look almost similar to <strong>the</strong><br />

real locations. They’re hir<strong>in</strong>g 3D<br />

artists to create avatars and 3D<br />

product profiles.<br />

3D Animation is Not Motion<br />

Graphics. 3D animation deals<br />

with mov<strong>in</strong>g a character <strong>in</strong><br />

games, cartoons or movies.<br />

On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r hand, <strong>the</strong> ad<br />

promotions we normally see<br />

on television <strong>in</strong>volve motion<br />

graphics.<br />

First digital art exhibition took<br />

place <strong>in</strong> 1968. In <strong>the</strong> year 1968,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Institute of Contemporary<br />

Art welcomed visitors to <strong>the</strong><br />

Cyber Serendipity. Digital<br />

graphics were shown alongside<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g mach<strong>in</strong>es for <strong>the</strong> robot<br />

K-456 by Jean T<strong>in</strong>guely and<br />

Nam June Paik.<br />

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Nature's Beauty<br />

Joseph<strong>in</strong>e G<strong>in</strong>es<br />

Mysterious charm<br />

Medium : Acrylic<br />

Size: 70*100 Cm<br />

Kriti Verma<br />

Energy, Gift<br />

from <strong>the</strong> nature<br />

Lilia Guadalupe<br />

Huerta<br />

Textured metallic<br />

touch abstract art<br />

Meghaa Murti<br />

“Beautiful Bangladesh<br />

- Bandarban”<br />

Mahfuzur Rahman<br />

Aclyric on canavas<br />

May Mostafa badr<br />

To get featured send your artworks to<br />

artworks@magzoid.com<br />

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kids<br />

Kaavya Malhotra<br />

Class 3<br />

GEMS Modern<br />

Academy<br />

Divyanshi Galhotra<br />

Class 10<br />

Dubai Gem Private<br />

School<br />

Jishnu Bhardwaj<br />

Class 9<br />

Dubai Gem Private<br />

School<br />

Hridaan Mathur<br />

Class 2<br />

GEMS Modern<br />

Academy<br />

Divisha Aidasani<br />

Class 10<br />

Dubai Gem Private<br />

School<br />

To get featured send your artworks to<br />

kids@magzoid.com<br />

Elvira Rodriguez<br />

Class 6<br />

JSS Private<br />

School<br />

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The<br />

Designer's<br />

Corner<br />

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The National<br />

Museum of<br />

Qatar, Doha<br />

The National Museum of Qatar opened to <strong>the</strong> public on<br />

28 March 2019, replac<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> previous build<strong>in</strong>g which<br />

opened <strong>in</strong> 1975.<br />

The build<strong>in</strong>g was designed by architect Jean Nouvel who<br />

was <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> desert rose crystal, which can be<br />

found <strong>in</strong> Qatar.<br />

The museum site <strong>in</strong>cludes Sheikh Abdullah b<strong>in</strong> Jassim Al<br />

Thani's Palace, which is <strong>the</strong> heart of <strong>the</strong> Qatari national<br />

identity.<br />

A tour of <strong>the</strong> museum takes visitors through a loop of<br />

galleries that address three major, <strong>in</strong>terrelated <strong>the</strong>mes.<br />

The galleries are loosely arranged <strong>in</strong> chronological order.<br />

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Beij<strong>in</strong>g National<br />

Stadium<br />

The National Stadium also known as <strong>the</strong> Bird's Nest<br />

is an 80,000-capacity stadium <strong>in</strong> Beij<strong>in</strong>g. The stadium<br />

was jo<strong>in</strong>tly designed by architects Jacques Herzog and<br />

Pierre de Meuron.<br />

Located at <strong>the</strong> Olympic Green, <strong>the</strong> stadium cost<br />

US$428 million. The design was awarded to a<br />

submission from <strong>the</strong> Swiss architecture firm Herzog &<br />

de Meuron <strong>in</strong> April 2003.<br />

Jackie Chan was <strong>the</strong> first artist to hold a pop concert at<br />

<strong>the</strong> stadium on 2 April 2009 and on its first anniversary,<br />

8 August 2009, <strong>the</strong> stadium hosted a performance of<br />

<strong>the</strong> opera Turandot.<br />

The stadium was used for <strong>the</strong> open<strong>in</strong>g and clos<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ceremonies of <strong>2022</strong> W<strong>in</strong>ter Olympics and <strong>2022</strong> W<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

Paralympics. It is <strong>the</strong> only stadium to host both <strong>the</strong><br />

Summer and W<strong>in</strong>ter Olympics and Paralympics<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g ceremonies.<br />

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Chopard<br />

This necklace, like Chopard,<br />

regards generosity and<br />

k<strong>in</strong>dness as its core values. A<br />

necklace collection that unites<br />

big-hearted women around <strong>the</strong><br />

world.<br />

www.chopard.com<br />

Bulgari<br />

Inspired by fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e elegance and by <strong>the</strong><br />

enchant<strong>in</strong>g allure of <strong>the</strong> most glamorous divas,<br />

this necklace pays homage to <strong>the</strong>m with an<br />

unmistakable Roman spirit. The necklace is<br />

sculpted, captur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> magnificence of <strong>the</strong><br />

Caracalla Baths marble and <strong>the</strong> sensual curves of<br />

its fan-shaped mosaics, reflect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> very essence<br />

of Italian beauty.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />

Cartier<br />

The Tr<strong>in</strong>ity r<strong>in</strong>g is made<br />

of three memorable<br />

colors of gold, white,<br />

rose and yellow. With<br />

brilliant cut diamonds,<br />

<strong>the</strong> r<strong>in</strong>g is a true medley<br />

of colors and a design<strong>in</strong>g<br />

masterpiece.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

Piaget<br />

The asymmetrical design of this<br />

luxury r<strong>in</strong>g revisits <strong>the</strong> codes of<br />

classic jewelry. This graceful shape<br />

recreates a bird w<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> white gold,<br />

set with brilliant-cut and marquise-cut<br />

diamonds and a s<strong>in</strong>gle cushion-cut<br />

sapphire. The bird resembles freedom,<br />

and is an <strong>in</strong>vitation to make each day<br />

special.<br />

www.piaget.com<br />

Tiffany<br />

Sampl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

architecture of opulent<br />

estates, its iron gates<br />

and secret gardens,<br />

magnificent diamonds<br />

and sapphires<br />

transcends this<br />

dragonfly brooch.<br />

www.tiffany.com<br />

Van Cleef & Arpels<br />

The Two Butterfly jewelry collection are dazzl<strong>in</strong>g pieces<br />

that comb<strong>in</strong>e color and asymmetry to re<strong>in</strong>terpret <strong>the</strong><br />

grace and beauty of butterflies <strong>in</strong> flight. The earr<strong>in</strong>gs are<br />

made of yellow gold, lapis lazuli, round diamonds, white<br />

gold, marquise-cut diamonds to represent <strong>the</strong> beauty of<br />

<strong>the</strong> majestic butterflies.<br />

www.vancleefarpels.com<br />

Boucheron<br />

The architectural specialty<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Quatre collection<br />

creates a large two-tone<br />

pendant with a graphic<br />

design.<br />

www.boucheron.com<br />

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Chopard<br />

The iconic danc<strong>in</strong>g diamonds gave birth<br />

to <strong>the</strong> Happy Spirit collection. Jewelry<br />

endowed with mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g charm.<br />

www.chopard.com<br />

Bulgari<br />

This Serpenti bracelet camouflages<br />

sensuality and temptation with a hypnotic<br />

design. Sophisticated and glamorous, this<br />

jewel coils around <strong>the</strong> wrist strik<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong><br />

precious beauty of <strong>the</strong> scales and with <strong>the</strong><br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive charm of <strong>the</strong> snake.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />

Tiffany<br />

Meticulously matched for size, color, clarity and presence. Earr<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

of round brilliant diamonds that embody <strong>the</strong> spirit of one liv<strong>in</strong>g at<br />

<strong>the</strong> moment.<br />

www.tiffany.com<br />

Cartier<br />

The Panthère de Cartier necklace boasts <strong>the</strong> pan<strong>the</strong>r head with<br />

yellow gold, black lacquer, and brilliant-cut diamonds.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

Paiget<br />

Interpreted <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>candescent rose gold,<br />

<strong>the</strong> palm leaf evokes <strong>the</strong><br />

sea, warmth, sunsh<strong>in</strong>e<br />

and <strong>the</strong> spirit of carefree<br />

days under <strong>the</strong> rays of a<br />

bright sun.<br />

www.piaget.com<br />

Boucheron<br />

These Serpent Bohème hoop earr<strong>in</strong>gs are<br />

magical as <strong>the</strong> drops are worked on <strong>the</strong><br />

reverse as well as <strong>the</strong> front to create a radiant<br />

effect that surrounds your face. Much like a<br />

halo of light.<br />

www.boucheron.com<br />

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Rolex<br />

This timepiece by Rolex features a fluted<br />

bezel crafted from <strong>the</strong> same precious<br />

material, mak<strong>in</strong>g it a first by this<br />

manufacturer. The ice-blue dial rema<strong>in</strong>s<br />

<strong>the</strong> dist<strong>in</strong>ctive marker of Rolex watches <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> 950 plat<strong>in</strong>um collection.<br />

www.rolex.com<br />

Omega<br />

The OMEGA<br />

Constellation is identified<br />

by its famous halfmoons,<br />

as well as <strong>the</strong><br />

“claws” on <strong>the</strong> side of <strong>the</strong><br />

case. The Constellation<br />

is presented on a blue<br />

lea<strong>the</strong>r strap with rubber<br />

l<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and a domed<br />

scratch-resistant sapphire<br />

crystal.<br />

www.omegawatches.com<br />

Baume & Mercier<br />

This timepiece embodies <strong>the</strong> flair of<br />

<strong>the</strong> casual sporty look. The Riviera<br />

10619 features a dodecagonal<br />

case, a blue dial adorned with a<br />

unique pattern, and a blue rubber<br />

strap. The right choice for those<br />

look<strong>in</strong>g for versatile watches.<br />

www.baume-et-mercier.com<br />

Angelus<br />

The Chronodate collection<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>es bold color choices<br />

with an automatic chronograph<br />

movement that pays tribute<br />

to its orig<strong>in</strong>al world. This<br />

timepiece comb<strong>in</strong>es red gold,<br />

titanium, and carbon to create<br />

a stunn<strong>in</strong>g accessory for your<br />

hand.<br />

angelus-watches.com<br />

Patek Phillipe<br />

This cosmopolitan timepiece is stored<br />

<strong>in</strong> a plat<strong>in</strong>um case comb<strong>in</strong>ed with a<br />

blue dial and strap. With a blue, handguilloche<br />

circular pattern, and gold<br />

applied hour markers this timepiece is<br />

an excit<strong>in</strong>g addition to your collection.<br />

www.patek.com<br />

Montblanc<br />

Inspired by <strong>the</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>al Montlbanc’s designs for<br />

military use and exploration<br />

The Geosphere comes <strong>in</strong> a 42 mm titanium case<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ed with a blue and contrast<strong>in</strong>g icy white<br />

dial. It f<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> medley of colors<br />

we see <strong>in</strong> glaciers.<br />

www.montblanc.com<br />

Audemars Piguet<br />

Baguette-cut sapphires <strong>in</strong> vary<strong>in</strong>g blue hues<br />

illum<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>the</strong> case, dial, and movement<br />

components of this timepiece crafted <strong>in</strong> 18-carat<br />

white gold.<br />

www.audemarspiguet.com<br />

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Bulgari<br />

The Octo Roma showcases<br />

a dist<strong>in</strong>ctive expression of<br />

dar<strong>in</strong>g design and <strong>the</strong> highest<br />

precision. A contemporary<br />

timepiece that focuses on <strong>the</strong><br />

l<strong>in</strong>earity of its contours and<br />

measured aes<strong>the</strong>tics. It features<br />

a transparent case back, blue<br />

dial, hand-applied <strong>in</strong>dexes,<br />

a crown set with ceramic, a<br />

sta<strong>in</strong>less steel bracelet, and a<br />

fold<strong>in</strong>g clasp.<br />

www.bulgari.com<br />

Vacheron Constant<strong>in</strong><br />

This timepiece houses an ultra-slim<br />

automatic movement, just 4.05 millimeters<br />

thick. Set at <strong>the</strong> center of its blue dial, <strong>the</strong><br />

gold moon phase features a champlevé<br />

enamel sky and two hand-f<strong>in</strong>ished moons.<br />

www.vacheron-constant<strong>in</strong>.com<br />


Piaget<br />

Cased <strong>in</strong> white gold set<br />

with diamonds, and a<br />

sapphire crystal case<br />

back, it gives a new<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>g to champion<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> color blue.<br />

www.piaget.com<br />

Blancpa<strong>in</strong><br />

Air Command models are dist<strong>in</strong>guished by<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir sophisticated design and stand-out<br />

dials. With its contrast<strong>in</strong>g dial and Prussian<br />

blue hous<strong>in</strong>g, it ticks off <strong>the</strong> functionality<br />

box for contemporary timepieces.<br />

www.blancpa<strong>in</strong>.com<br />

Cartier<br />

The steel case and fluted crown are set with<br />

a cabochon syn<strong>the</strong>tic sp<strong>in</strong>el, blue guilloché<br />

dial. Sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal,<br />

blue alligator lea<strong>the</strong>r strap.<br />

www.cartier.com<br />

Breitl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

This timepiece emulates clean l<strong>in</strong>es, chunky lum<strong>in</strong>escent<br />

<strong>in</strong>dexes, squared-off hands, and a high-contrast dial r<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

ensure that you are able to read time at any moment and <strong>in</strong><br />

any activity. The beauty of this The beauty of this watch is that<br />

it is not strictly a dive watch—surf with it, swim with it, hit<br />

<strong>the</strong> beach bar with it, <strong>the</strong>n wear it out to d<strong>in</strong>ner.<br />

www.breitl<strong>in</strong>g.com<br />

Arnold & Son<br />

Besides <strong>the</strong> obvious careful attention<br />

to balance, <strong>the</strong> powerful allure of <strong>the</strong><br />

Nebula also derives from <strong>the</strong> meticulously<br />

calculated proportions as well as from <strong>the</strong><br />

size and placement of every gear and wheel.<br />

www.arnoldandson.com<br />

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Louis Vuitton<br />

The Pochette Métis handbag is a<br />

chic, scaled-down version of <strong>the</strong><br />

classic satchel silhouette. It is<br />

crafted from supple Monogram<br />

Empre<strong>in</strong>te lea<strong>the</strong>r, accented with an<br />

S-lock closure <strong>in</strong>spired by historic<br />

House trunks. Simply put, this<br />

handbag is versatile, compact, and<br />

surpris<strong>in</strong>gly roomy.<br />

www.louisvuitton.com<br />

Jimmy Choo<br />

AURA sandals are Italian-crafted <strong>in</strong> champagne<br />

shimmer suede. Elegant pearls and Swarovski<br />

crystal beads adorn <strong>the</strong> front strap, and a buckle<br />

fasten<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> ankle ensures a secure fit.<br />

Graceful and modern describe this footwear with an<br />

everlast<strong>in</strong>g style.<br />

www.jimmychoo.com<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>o<br />

Clutch design decorated with maxi stud at <strong>the</strong> front.<br />

Thanks to <strong>the</strong> adjustable cha<strong>in</strong>, <strong>the</strong>nks to <strong>the</strong> adjustable<br />

cha<strong>in</strong>, <strong>the</strong> handbag can be worn as a crossbody/shoulder<br />

bag. The f<strong>in</strong>ish is antique brass on <strong>the</strong> stud and metal<br />

parts, with magnetic closure.<br />

www.valent<strong>in</strong>o.com<br />

Burberry<br />

A sleeveless wrap dress <strong>in</strong><br />

fluid viscose, paneled with<br />

Italian-woven silk crepe de<br />

ch<strong>in</strong>e. The design is styled<br />

with epaulets and a topstitched<br />

belt – <strong>in</strong> homage to Burberry’s<br />

signature trench.<br />

www.burberry.com<br />

Dior<br />

Precious Centifolia May Rose water is at <strong>the</strong> heart of<br />

<strong>the</strong> new fragrance, Miss Dior Rose Essence. With a<br />

robust natural focus, that will be renewed each year. The<br />

perfume samples Spr<strong>in</strong>g, brightened by <strong>the</strong> May Roses<br />

that bloom by <strong>the</strong> thousand <strong>in</strong> Grasse.<br />

www.dior.com<br />

Ray-Ban<br />

The Oval is def<strong>in</strong>itive timeless design – first<br />

released <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> ‘70s, it <strong>the</strong>n had a major comeback<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>’ 90s and today it's trend<strong>in</strong>g once aga<strong>in</strong>.<br />

This limited edition of 500 comes <strong>in</strong> a new color<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ation exclusively available on Ray-Ban.<br />

com: a Copper frame with light-responsive<br />

Ambermatic lenses.<br />

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Gucci<br />

A geometrically shaped handbag version of <strong>the</strong> Interlock<strong>in</strong>g<br />

G logo is re<strong>in</strong>troduced for Gucci Love Parade. The emblem<br />

enriches <strong>the</strong> design with a timeless feel.<br />

www.gucci.com<br />


Versace<br />

With a round toe, this open-toe footwear is on<br />

mid-block heels enriched with <strong>the</strong> Medusa Biggie<br />

hardware—a brand symbol <strong>in</strong>spired by '90s<br />

music culture.<br />

www.versace.com<br />

Louis Vuitton<br />

This Louis Vuitton<br />

fragrance embodies <strong>the</strong><br />

fragrance of rose and oud<br />

wood to taste <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ite<br />

desert. Master Perfumer<br />

Jacques Cavallier<br />

Belletrud has composed<br />

a hot and cold perfume<br />

play<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> two<br />

exceptional qualities of<br />

rose and oud. Comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> freshness of rose and<br />

<strong>the</strong> woody depths of oud<br />

play with one ano<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

www.louisvuitton.com<br />

Hermes<br />

Bucket hat <strong>in</strong> water resistant technical gabard<strong>in</strong>e<br />

with bicolor striped elastic and palladium plated<br />

Clou de Selle detail<br />

www.hermes.com<br />

Prada<br />

Square acetate sunglasses with a bold design. It<br />

is characterized by thick lenses that highlight <strong>the</strong><br />

contemporary enameled tonal rims. The front is<br />

characterized by geometric temples that enhance<br />

<strong>the</strong> iconic triangle logo <strong>in</strong>spired by <strong>the</strong> accessories<br />

of <strong>the</strong> Maison.<br />

www.prada.com<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>o<br />

The chiffon blouse by<br />

Valent<strong>in</strong>o is characterized by<br />

<strong>the</strong> bold black front fasten<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

With lace <strong>in</strong>serts and scarf<br />

details at <strong>the</strong> neck, this piece<br />

of cloth<strong>in</strong>g is truly a symbol of<br />

comfort and style.<br />

www.valent<strong>in</strong>o.com<br />

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e&<br />

e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group) unveiled “etisalat by e&” as<br />

<strong>the</strong> new brand identity. Etisalat by e& is an Emirati-based mult<strong>in</strong>ational<br />

telecommunications service provider that is currently operat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 16 countries<br />

across Asia, <strong>the</strong> Middle East, and Africa. “e&” strives to empower every person<br />

and organization by pioneer<strong>in</strong>g new technologies that have made it <strong>the</strong> 18th<br />

largest mobile network operator <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world by number of subscribers. It is <strong>the</strong><br />

strongest telecom brand <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> MENA region. Etisalat’s history is rooted <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

region by be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> Emirates’ first telephone company and is today known as<br />

<strong>the</strong> technology and <strong>in</strong>vestment group, e&.<br />

Founded <strong>in</strong> 1976, <strong>the</strong> Etisalat Group is one of <strong>the</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>g telecom groups<br />

with a consolidated net revenue of USD 14 billion for 2020. The group’s high<br />

credit rat<strong>in</strong>gs support <strong>the</strong> company’s strong balance sheet and tested long-term<br />

performance. It has its headquarters <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi.<br />

Etisalat by e& is one of <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet hubs of <strong>the</strong> Middle East and provides<br />

connectivity to o<strong>the</strong>r telecommunications operators <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region. The expanse<br />

of this MENA telecommunications service provider is massive, with its 510<br />

roam<strong>in</strong>g agreements cover<strong>in</strong>g 186 countries as of October 2008. In December<br />

2020, Etisalat announced <strong>the</strong> world’s fastest 5G download speed at 9.1 Gigabits<br />

per second on <strong>the</strong>ir network, which has been roll<strong>in</strong>g out s<strong>in</strong>ce 2017 <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

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