MUSEUM OF GRAFFITI LAUNCHES ITS FIRST NFT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RAS TERMS AND NIFTYKIT
The Museum celebrated the opening of its new exhibition Ras Terms: Ancient Futurism on May 28, 2021 with a VIP party where the artist released his latest NFT on a screen inside the show. Guests may now bid on the digital artwork throughout the course of the entire show. “Artwork based on ancient traditions that is digitized and minted to be sold on the blockchain is the next step in my personal journey of creating artwork that embodies Ancient Futurism,” says Ras Terms. This is a milestone in the Museum’s history as it was the first piece of digital art included in any exhibition.
A distinguishing quality of Ras Terms’ work is his embrace and expansion of his own form of art called “Ancient Futurism.” The body of work fuses the imagery and ideology of ancient traditions and cultures with a creative vision and exploration of the future. Ras Terms has studied and practiced many ancient traditions from Africa and South America including Rastafari, Yoruba, Alchemy, Kemetism, Santaria, Vodum and Hermetism. He combined this deep base of esoteric knowledge with a reverence and personal connection to futurism, science fiction and new age philosophies.
Ras Terms has been dedicated to his craft since the mid-80s when he began painting murals in and around his hometown of Miami, Florida. Terms was one of the first street artists to paint the walls in the historic Wynwood Art District helping pave the way for the internationally-renowned Art Basel Festival. Since his early entry into Miami’s street scene, Ras Terms has become one of the most highly respected artists by his peers within the community. He has been a unifying voice bringing together artists to resolve differences and has served as a source of knowledge and wisdom within the local artist community. His presence as both student and teacher demonstrate a humble nature all while being a proponent of a wide range of styles learned in the streets and with the elders in his community. Ras Terms has traveled across the world painting, exhibiting at major institutions like the Oakland Museum of Contemporary Art and Smithsonian Institute, and earning his reputation as a master of letters and characters like his iconic “Street Angel” Character that was part of the Museum of Graffiti’s inaugural outdoor mural exhibition and can found on walls in countries around the world.
Terockatron 7, 2021
Edition 1 of 1.
Live auction on OpenSea
until August 28, 2022