About Barabeke

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Barabeke in Florence with Earlier Mona Lisa.

Italian born digital artist exploring identity, the unconscious, and the relation between humans and machines.
Active since 2006, Barabeke embraced crypto and NFTs at a very early stage and was among the first 150 artists to mint on Ethereum.
 
What makes him truly unique (in crypto but also in the broader art scene) is his serving as vehicle of a spiritual message aimed to help humanity survive and prosper in the digital age (also treated as art).

 Madmoiselle Mu #4 (aka “Barabeke’s Totem”)

Barabeke’s visual art mostly consist in digitally transfiguring images (either taken with his camera, hand drawn, or of public domain) by using them as they were paint and brush, replicating them thousands of times, with almost as many variations that form a microcosm of glitches and suggestive details (best appreciated in high resolution).

He likes to engage audiences with thought-provoking experiences, so far delivered in form of metaverse attractions or video art installations.

Barabeke is also an eccentric intellectual defining himself as “counterculture agent”, for openly opposing the poisonous, divisive, exploitative culture pushed by mainstream media and for pointing to an alternative.

The Art Labyrinth, built by Barabeke. A popular experience within OWW metaverse.

He occasionally publishes thought provoking articles, poetry influenced by the beats, or satire of the grotesque and surreal kind (the latter only in Italian).

Before fully embracing his artist identity and getting all in in crypto he used to be in the London startup scene, advising tech entrepreneurs on marketing and community.

He’s a lifelong spiritual researcher who has been trained in several disciplines: qi gong, reiki, shamanism, hypnotherapy, and NLP. While he doesn’t practice any professionally the doors of Barabeke’s digital hut are always open to seekers for inspiration and advice.

 

ARTIST CV

EDUCATION

Self-taught.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Sep 2021 Heretique 121 Summer Exhibition, featured artist of the month.

Jul 2021 CrypTokyo, Japan’s first physical NFT art exhibition, Ultrasupernew Gallery, Shibuya (3 works featured).

Jun 2021 #ShareTheLightPopUp Roof Exhibition on Cryptovoxels, as part of Matt Kane’s NFTart collection.

May 2021 Origin Art Museum on Cryptovoxels (exhibiting 3 transfigurations).

Sep 2020 Barabeke’s Salvator Mundi becomes part of Museum of CryptoArt permanent collection.

Jun 2020 Mona Lisa in the toilet“, virtual installation on Cryptovoxels in collaboration with El Geko.

Jun 2020 “Take me to the Moon” VR Gallery Group Show on Somnium Space.

May 2020 Rare Art Fest, invited speaker. Presented “Transmutations series”.

May/Sep 2020 Personal Exhibition at MoCA Gallery on Cryptovoxel.

 

ON THE NEWS

Sep 2021 Interview with Barabeke, ArtyNFT.

Jun 2021 “The Art Labyrinth”, i grandi capolavori a portata di mouse (e smartphone), AD Italia (Condé Nast group).

May 2021 Matt Furie is trying to reclaim his famous cartoon Pepe the Frog — through NFTs, Washington Post (contains a link to Pepeful Eight series).

May 2021 Barabeke, a shamanic artist in the KULTURA/OWW maze, Art Reveal Magazine.

Sep 2020 Artist Spotlight: Barabeke, Scum Magazine.

Oct 2015 “Between fractals and utopias”, interview with Barabeke, DailyStorm (in Italian).

 

APPEARANCES

Apr 2021 Barabeke live on NftLiberty event speaking about free speech and self-sovereignty.

Jan 2021 Barabeke, on the future of cryptoart. Hosted by Bitcoinlive.

Jul 2020 Barabeke Live Stream Artist Profile – Fear of Cancellation. Hosted by Sacha Bailey (Blockchain Art Exchange CEO).

May 2020 Meet Barabeke, live at Rare Art Festival.

Apr 2018 Irruzioni Festival, Padua. Public reading of Ode to iPhone.

Apr 2017 Irruzioni Festival, Padua. Masked public reading of the 2kTenCom.

 

FEATURES

Oct 2020 FOMA Mag, Issue 5 (featuring “Our Lady of the gate of dusk”).

Aug 2020 FOMA Mag, Issue 4 (featuring “A cryptopunk from 1844“).

Aug 2020 MagNFT Issue XV (featuring 5 works).

 

KEY ARTICLES BY BARABEKE

Jul 2021 Why today’s media are a threat to freedom & mental health and how to fix them.

Sep 2018 How to build an Economy based on Kindness powered by the Blockchain.

Oct 2017 Mona Lisa is not Mona Lisa: On Da Vinci’s Life, Sexuality, and Inspiration.

Feb 2016 Ten Commandments for the Digital Millennium (2kTenCom).

Oct 2015 On the Origin and Nature of our Universe.

 

AWARDS

May 2019 KnownOrigin/Auctionity Creative Challenge, 1st place (with “Structure of Reality”).

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