Mystic Satoshi Portrait is Offered at NFT Auction
Tech / Digital - Innovation
The first Non-Fungible Token ("NFT") featuring original work by Hungarian-French painter, Anton Molnar is now at auction. Bids are accepted for the digitized work of Molnar’s "Whoever", an enigmatic portrait of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of the first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.Download press release To download,
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are digital certificates of ownership of unique digital assets representing ownership of real-world items such as art, video clips, music, etc. They use the same blockchain technology that powers cryptocurrencies. Opensea.io is the largest digital marketplace for NFTs.
The highest bidder will receive an encrypted token along with all related intellectual property and copyrights of the digital ’painting’. The token is conveyed on the Ethereum blockchain. It is Molnar’s single digital work to be offered.
The auction is loosely timed to coincide with the 12th anniversary of the publication of the ’Bitcoin White Paper,’ describing Satoshi’s revolutionary peer-to-peer cash system which started the crypto-currency revolution.
The portrait projects the complexity of the contemporary world through the photorealistic depiction of the unrecognizable individual facing a vivid and vibrating reality, hiding even Satoshi’s own ’signature’.
Anton Molnar, 64, was born in Hungary but makes his home in Barbizon, France. Known the world over, he has participated in scores of shows and had solo exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. His work is presently running in Singapore. His works are included in numerous important private and institutional collections, the latter including BMW Europe, the Audemars-Piquet Foundation, a Moët & Hennessy (LVMH), and Alcatel. Private owners include model and Hollywood actress Cindy Crawford, the late French president Jacques Chirac along with Japanese businessman and art collector Takeshi Sakeguchi.
Molnar often combines literature, calligraphy together with his lively hued sketches, figures, and still lifes. Using techniques resembling medieval Dutch painters he focuses on significant moments of change in society. “In our world, growing in complexity by the day, I need to create an artistic language to translate my vision of mingling of cultures and emotions” he explains and adds: "Blockchain technology is captivating contemporary art today, generating not only a financial, but also an investors’ revolution. Why then should my portrait of Satoshi be my one and only NFT? The answer is simple: just as my life, my creations are unique and unrepeatable, and this cannot be different for my digital handprint either."
The repetitive words in this unique NFT are in Hungarian and allude to a satirical novel, whose main character signs his letters as the one ’You don’t need to know who”. Molnar’s message is forceful: one doesn’t really need to know who Satoshi is, his importance – as that of the artist - is embodied in the world he created.