Sicilian artist Matteo Mauro, who grew up in England, has announced that he will start to tokenize the artworks of his collectors using Ethereum-based Non Fungible Tokens (NFT).
“This need stems from the demand of our collectors, who were the first to ask us to tokenize the artworks. As a result, we decided to offer this possibility at a symbolic price to all our historical buyers. In addition, to celebrate the beginning of this process, we decided to give each of them a first NFT limited edition,” explained Matteo Mauro to The Cryptonomist.
Matteo Mauro’s first NFTs, therefore, will not be held via auction but will be targeted tokenization offers made to buyers already in possession of the physical work. The Bonus Collector’s NFT, on the other hand, will be a limited edition of the artist’s most awarded historical work: Baroque.
Matteo’s works are or have been on display on all continents, in famous museums such as MEAM in Barcelona, Songyang Museum Contemporary Art in Spring, China or Crocetti Museum in Rome.
In 2018, the Royal Academy of Art Exhibition exhibited a digital sculpture of his, made of wood by means of a kuka robot, valued at £250,000. His gift shop, which was put online last Christmas, was completely sold out in less than a month.
About Matteo Mauro
Matteo Mauro is a Sicilian artist and designer, born in Catania in 1992. He has been living and working in England since 2010. He has worked and studied with several internationally renowned designers such as Ron Arad and Isaie Bloch, and taught at several British universities, including UCL and LSBU.
His atelier, Matteo Mauro Studio, uses a variety of digital representational techniques, which he has developed a passion for and has made technology his primary means of artistic expression.
His art observes and explores the world around him, searching for old and new methods of creative expression. He is known for his series of Micromegalic Inscriptions paintings that have won various awards including the International Van Gogh Prize given by José Van Roy Dalí, son of Salvador Dalí. The story of these works gave rise to the book of the same name Micromegalic Inscriptions, A Rococo story of contemporary engravings, published by Le Penseur in 2017.