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The Italian artist Emiliano Ponzi, among the most appreciated illustrator worldwide, in collaboration with Giuliano Sangiorgi, leading voice of "Negramaro", famous Italian music band, created his first NFT collection with three digital artworks on the themes of the KISS and LOVE in their most diverse forms.
Emiliano in his career has signed covers and illustrations for newspapers and publishers such as the New York Times, Le Monde, the New Yorker, the MoMA in new York, for international brands such as Bulgari, Armani, Lamborghini, Barilla and for renowned authors like Murakami, and this time has decided to animate his illustrations and enter the Metaverse and Crypto Art world to share his art.
The first NFT collection " MAY I LOVE YOU?" depicts three scenes with a cinematic feel, ephemeral but at the same time perfectly recognizable in the emotions of each one of us, and it will be dropped on San Valentine's Day on SupeRare, the renowned platform dedicated to Digital Art & NFT.
Emiliano Ponzi with Giuliano Sangiorgi, takes us on a journey along the wait for the kiss, crossing three moments of sweet hope, three universal expectations that are opposed to the dramatic expectation of farewell.
It is by experiencing this tension that fills space and time that people can experience moments of pure happiness. To then consume it in a kiss, feel a moment of happiness, filling the time and space that separates them from their desires.
Three glimpses of lives, made up of wait and slow movements, of people clinging to the sweet hope of reaching the lips of their beloved, before it's too late. Or too soon."
The drop is curated by the journalist and critic Giacomo Nicolella Maschietti, texts and concept are signed by Federico Bottino, author and communication expert, while Andrea Concas and Art Rights, an innovative Italian company and leader in the sector of digital arts and NFT, are supporting and promoting the project .
"The moment is about to explode. Before witnessing a real explosion, you can feel it in the air. It attracts towards itself gently. You feel it happening. Suddenly, you realize that, for the first time, you are no longer afraid. " This work represents the explosive force of the first encounters, the first expectations, young hopes destined to burn. For a while or forever.
"The expectation of a revolution makes more noise than the revolution itself. When this happens, it goes away in a flash. It fades into moments of dance, in the light of bodies that are finally free to be love. " In this work, the artists portray a moment in which love has managed to write the pages of a more just history, which accepts love for what it is: pride in loving and the hope of being loved. Nothing more. Nothing less.
"The wait does not begin with a kiss but with the desire to meet you again. We have waited too long. How much we desired each other. Now we are here. I feel you." In this work the artists represent the intimacy of meeting again. The beauty of finding themselves the day after losing each other. To finally feel alive again. United.
Emiliano Ponzi is an italian awarded artist, painter and illustrator. He lives between Milan and New York. His works appeared on some of the most prestigious publisher in the world such as the New York Times, Le Monde, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, Esquire, Penguin Books and others. His illustrations had been hosted in museum of all around the world (Triennale Design Museum, NY Moma) and along his carreer Emiliano has received numerous honors including the Young Guns Award from the New York Art Directors Club and the coveted Gold Cube from The Art Directors Club of New York. He has won multiple medals of honor (gold and silver) from the Society of Illustrators New York, recognitions from Print, How International Design Award, Communication Arts Illustration Annuals, American Illustration 3x3 Magazine Pro show. He’s considered one of the greatest illustrators of his generation.
Giuliano Sangiorgi was born the 24th January 1979 in Nardò, Lecce, Italy. He is an Italian songwriter, performer and artist who has gained great fame as the singer and composer, with his rock band Negramaro. He worked with some of the most important musician of his country such as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, Lorenzo Jovanotti, Mina and others. He composed original music for movies and theaters He published two novels (Lo spacciatore di carne, 2012; Il tempo di un lento, 2021) for the italian publisher Einaudi.