TZ APAC celebrates Asian digital artists in the industry’s first NFT showcase at SEA Focus as part of Singapore Art Week 2022

TZ APAC, the leading Asia-based blockchain adoption entity for the Tezos ecosystem, unveils an NFT Art Collection featuring some of the continent’s leading digital artists and illustrators at SEA Focus during Singapore Art Week 2022 which will take place from January 14 to 23, 2022 Titled “NFTs: The New North Star”, Tezos is the first public blockchain to showcase an Asia-centric NFT collection of its kind during SEA Focus and Singapore Art Week. The exhibition aims to connect and empower artists around the world through blockchain technology.

The collection was developed in collaboration with SEA Focus, a showcase for contemporary Southeast Asian art, and with CAWA (Crypto Art Week Asia), one of the largest crypto art showcases in the world. Centered around the theme chance…constellations, SEA Focus is the flagship event of this year’s Singapore Art Week and will showcase over 150 works of art from over 50 artists and 24 galleries in the region.

David Tng, Head of Growth at TZ APAC, said, “The usefulness of NFTs has come a long way in the past year, impacting the art world from top to bottom. No longer limited to traditional avenues, NFTs have offered alternatives to a new generation of creatives in terms of creating, exhibiting, owning and monetizing their own work. In a diverse region that has embraced innovation head-on, we have seen strong growth within the NFT ecosystem and this showcase powered by Tezos is a testament to and celebration of the exciting developments and talent we are seeing across the ‘Asia. .”

David Tng, Head of Growth at TZ APAC

The collection will include works created on the Tezos blockchain by more than 15 digital artists from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, India and Brunei, with each participating artist distinguished by their own unique style, aesthetic and his discipline. From the nostalgic aesthetic of 90s comics brought to life by Indonesian artist Arya Mularama to the fusion of traditional and contemporary disciplines in the ink paintings of Singaporean artist Yeo Shih Yun, the collection not only highlights the focus on the diversity of the continent and its influences, but also on the myriad of creativity that NFTs can bring to the artistic creation process.

In addition to exhibiting these artworks, TZ APAC will also be hosting a live hitting showcase on location in the SEA Focus gallery space. The experience will allow viewers and visitors to experience the process of minting an NFT first-hand, allowing them to leave the exhibit with their own one-of-a-kind generative artwork. The generative illustration algorithm was developed by award-winning artist radarboy3000, renowned for his work with international brands such as luxury giant Cartier, Disney and Coca Cola. These works will be minted on the Tezos blockchain and will be accessible through Tezos’ browser-based Kukai Wallet. Users will automatically receive a wallet at the time of typing, created through a direct authorization connection to the social media account of their choice.

Singaporean visual artist Yeo Shih Yun said, “NFTs have radically reshaped the art world, prompting artists of all types – including myself – to challenge existing conventions of ownership, monetization and exhibition space. The Tezos ecosystem has provided me with a community and a platform where I can freely innovate and express my craft. I am proud to celebrate this moment with other regional artists to show what NFTs can bring to Asia’s thriving arts ecosystem.

Participating artists include Singapore-based abstract artist warragwag; South Korean painter of AI and machine learning CSLIM; Malaysian pixel art pioneer Moon; Indonesian experimental artist, multimedia designer and musician Fahmi Mursyid; and much more.

George Galanakis, Founder of CAWA, said, “With this exhibit, we aim to highlight just a fraction of the incredible artistry we see emerging in Asia and the blockchain space. These artists have achieved notoriety in a notoriously competitive space, which is a testament not only to their individual abilities, but also to the growing recognition of the talent that exists in this region. This is just the beginning and CAWA is proud to support these artists as they continue to create.

Tezos is a public blockchain recognized for its open-source and self-evolving platform that enables collaborative innovation in a secure and truly decentralized way. With its relatively energy-efficient features, Tezos uses proof-of-stake, allowing it to operate with minimal power consumption and a negligible carbon footprint. This has allowed Tezos to become a widely adopted blockchain of choice for a growing and diverse global community of NFT artists, collectors, and builders. To date, the Tezos ecosystem is home to leading NFT projects, including leading digital art platform Hic and Nunc, NFT art marketplace objkt, and many more.

About Tezos
Tezos is smart money, redefining what it means to hold and trade value in a digitally connected world. A self-scaling, energy-efficient blockchain with a proven track record, Tezos seamlessly embraces tomorrow’s innovations without network disruption today. To learn more, visit tezos.com.

About TZ APAC
TZ APAC Pte. (“TZ APAC”) is the leading Asia-based blockchain adoption entity supporting the Tezos ecosystem. He designs value-added blockchain transformation strategies for businesses and creators with a bottom-up approach, working closely with blockchain experts and other stakeholders in the Tezos ecosystem. TZ APAC is supported by the Tezos Foundation and is headquartered in Singapore.

About Crypto Art Week Asia (CAWA)
Crypto Art Week Asia (CAWA) was founded with the vision of supporting artists in Asia. It aims to strengthen and build ties within the Asian artist community and promote Asian artists by introducing them to potential galleries, platforms, collectors and patrons. CAWA is one of the largest crypto art showcases in the world, featuring over 300 of the biggest names in digital art in Asia, physical exhibitions in six cities and over 50 virtual galleries, as well as an incredible week-long program of exhibitions, conferences, events, and parties.

About SEA Focus
SEA Focus is a showcase for contemporary art from Southeast Asia. It aims to bring together a curated selection of some of the finest galleries to foster a deeper appreciation of contemporary art and artists from the region. A meeting point for artistic vision and vigor, SEA Focus provides a platform to propel diverse cultural exchanges that celebrate, promote and provoke dialogue about Southeast Asian art. SEA Focus is an initiative led by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

About STPI
STPI is a dynamic creative studio and contemporary art gallery based in Singapore. Founded in 2002, STPI is a non-profit organization committed to promoting artistic experimentation in print and print media and has become one of the most forward-thinking destinations for contemporary art in Asia. STPI sits alongside the National Gallery Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum as part of the national visual arts cluster of leading institutions in the region.

Marilyn M. Davis