Works of two National Artists – Jose Joya and Abdulmari Imao – are merged with the art style of Andre Baldovino (Joya’s grandnephew) and Toym Imao (Abdulmari’s son) to create unique one-of-a-kind NFTs that is now on sale on Scarletbox.io, a blue-chip NFT launchpad in Asia.
“Scarletbox.io aims to bridge the generations of arts and culture into the NFT space with their 2 Legends x 2 Generations drop. This drop features the artworks from the National Artists merged with the art style of their 2nd generation with added animation and music,” Scarletbox announced.
The two NFTs are the Abdulmari Imao x Toym Imao NFT and the Jose Joya x Andre Baldovino NFT.
Abdulmari Imao x Toym Imao NFT
Abdulmari Asia Imao (1936-2014) is a National Artist for Visual Arts, awarded to him in 2006.
A Sulu-native, he is a sculptor, painter, photographer, ceramist, documentary filmmaker, cultural researcher, writer, and articulator of Philippine Muslim art and culture.
He popularized through his works Mindanao art and culture, like the indigenous ukkil, sarimanok, and naga motifs.
Some of his known works are Industry Brass Mural and Industrial Mural (both are currently displayed in La Union), Mural Relief on Filmmaking (currently displayed in Manila City Hall), and Sulu Warriors.
Abdulmari’s son Toym is a multimedia artist in sculpture and painting, in both classical and contemporary styles. He is also a writer, set production designer, and filmmaker.
He took Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Masters in Fine Arts also at UP, and a Masters of Arts in Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Arts.
Some of his best-known works include the Tandang Sora National Shrine in Quezon City, the Andres Bonifacio National Shrine in Maragondon, Cavite, and the Dr. Jose P. Rizal statue in Carson City, California.
He was also a Cinemalaya Best Production Design awardee for K’na the Dreamweaver and Gawad Buhay awardee for Set Design for Tanghalang Pilipino’s Mabining Mandirigma: A Steampunk Musical.
Abdulmari Imao x Toym Imao NFT collectors will receive an Imao x Imao Collectible Box, which includes a Live Digital Frame displaying the NFT, a token from the artist and a Certificate of Authenticity from the Scarletbox.
Jose Joya x Andre Baldovino NFT
Jose T. Joya (1931-1995) is a National Artist for Visual Arts, awarded to him in 2003.
He is a painter and multimedia artist who is known for using rice paper and creating an authentic Filipino abstract idiom that transcended foreign influences.
Most of Joya’s paintings of harmonious colors were inspired by Philippine landscapes, such as green rice paddies and golden fields of harvest, while the curvilinear forms of his paintings often recall the colorful and multilayered ‘kiping’ of the Pahiyas festival.
Some of his best-known works include Beethoven Listening to the Blues, Space Transfiguration, Hills of Nikko, Abstraction, Dimension of Fear, Naiad, Torogan, and Cityscape.
Joya is also known for his 1958 landmark painting Granadean Arabesque, a work on canvas big enough to be called a mural, featuring swipes and gobs of impasto and sand.
His record sale for a painting is about $2.2 million.
Meanwhile, Andre Baldovino is Jose Joya’s grandnephew. He is a contemporary artist.
He is the son of Dick Baldovino, who is known for contributing to the development of photography as an art in the Philippines.
Andre took Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University, then took Bachelor of Fine Arts at UP Diliman.
His style as an artist is Abstract Expression, using monochromatic colors with the occasional striking colors as a focal point of his works.
His piece entitled “Mudslide” is an exploration of abstract compositions, incorporating a subdued palette, laying a focus on structural aspects of the abstraction rather than color.
Jose Joya x Andre Baldovino NFT collectors will receive a Joya x Baldovino Collectible Box, which includes a Live Digital Frame displaying the NFT, a token from the artist and a Certificate of Authenticity from Scarletbox.
According to Scarletbox’s announcement, all artworks dropped are One-of-Ones with historical value and story, different from the other, with beautiful animation.
“It’s a collaboration of 2 generations of artists in one work, all of whom have decades of respected reputation. It’s the first memento of these 4 artists to enter the metaverse with their first NFT, quite a special once-in-a-lifetime moment. There is a lot of value in one’s first entry,” Scarletbox concluded.
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