Digital Art Fair Asia Artist Spotlight — Szabotage

As the official NFT sponsor of Digital Art Fair Asia 2021, we want to continue highlighting some of the best artists to showcase their incredible work at the upcoming festival.

Below is our next featured artist Q&A — Szabotage. Enjoy!

How did you find art? Or did art find you?

So, why NFTs?

I have always been very open to new ideas and ways of doing things. I nearly always say yes to new opportunities. As part of my architectural training I was a 3D visualizer, so I often design digitally. This is a journey for me and I feel I am just at the beginning, as I am now focusing a lot more of my time on my digital creations.

I was the first urban artist in Hong Kong to offer NFTs, dropping November 2020 on OpenSea, and I am excited to continue this journey.

What is your medium and why?

My DAFA 21 NFT collection is all about combining my physical practise with my digital and I felt like the fair was a great place to be able to share these works.

I am experimenting with bridging the gap between the two realms, with the physical artwork informing the creative process of the digital.

Bitcoin Bandit by Szabotage

Some of my pieces, for example ‘Minted’ — the physical piece was created with the intention of becoming the digital NFT animation. The layers of the painting are in the digital NFT. This intention allowed me to have fun with sound and motion, two areas that extend the creativity off the canvas. The whole endeavour brings attention to how we view and value art, for what purpose we consume it, and how we display and share it.

Minted by Szabotage

Your favourite NFT artwork? It could be yours…or someone else’s.

Fresque 07 : “Pensées du bouffon rouge” by pboy

CRASH — kiwie

Artwork by Kristina Kim

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About Digital Art Fair Asia

Thursday — Saturday, 30th September — 2nd October, 2021 (private viewing)
Sunday, 3rd October 2021–17th October, 2021 (open to public)

59–65 Queens Road
Hong Kong

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About Szabotage

Szabotage works with a variety of techniques and mediums, with his body of work ranging from canvas portraits, prints, interiors, cars, sculptures, stencils and NFTs. The artist constantly challenges typical canvas limitations through upcycling and recycling, and creates sculptures using deconstructed aerosol cans, metals and wood.

The artist is best recognised by his signature Koi fish — an iconic symbol of strength, adversity and good fortune — which features frequently throughout his work.

Szabotage has painted for the HKWalls street art festival, was a finalist in the global phenomenon Secret Walls, and gave the TEDX talk, ‘Resilience is the Ultimate High’. The artist held his first London solo exhibition ‘SHHH Women’s Erotic Emporium,’ in Shoreditch, London. Since then, he has exhibited internationally, with sold out exhibitions, solo shows, and numerous collaborative projects, commercial and private commissions.


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