Pop culture artist Rob Prior closes multi-million dollar art sale at Art Basel Miami

Miami, FL December 07, 2021 – (PR.com) – Internationally acclaimed pop artist and painter Rob Prior today announced a multi-million dollar historic art sale at Art Basel Miami. The sale included the purchase of a watercolor portrait of famous fashion designer Virgil Abloh by real estate manager Daniel Pettit for $ 1 million. Avant painted the piece live in Miami, and Pettit immediately offered to buy it.

“As an art collector, it’s one thing to make a transactional purchase and own a work of art,” said Pettit. “But watching Rob paint and then bringing this piece home and reliving that experience takes his art to a whole new level.”

Other works of art included a pair of portraits of boxer Canelo Álvarez, winner of multiple world championships, which sold together for $ 500,000. The proceeds of a work by Canelo, “Left: Canelo Portrait n ° 1”, will be donated entirely to charity. Additional sales included a touching portrait of global art icon Frida Kahlo, which was inspired by the recent sale of her self-portrait “Diego Y yo” at Sotheby’s for $ 34.9 million. Prior has also completed and sold a pair of Bruce Lee Portraits and one of his Stan Lee Legacy Collection parody comic book covers featuring and signed by comic book titan Stan Lee, which will go to the home of Canada. an anonymous pharmaceutical director from Hillsboro, Florida. .

Steven Wang is an executive with Las Vegas-based fantasy sports company Superdraft. He is a longtime Bruce Lee admirer and he became fascinated with Prior’s work while attending Art Basel Miami. After its completion, Wang purchased the portraits.

“Bruce Lee has always been my hero,” Wang said. “When I saw Rob’s paintings of the great Bruce Lee, I instantly connected. Rob is a talented artist who has been able to reflect the greatness of Bruce Lee and his character, pieces so vivid that I felt Bruce move in these paintings.

After the sale, Prior expressed his gratitude to collectors, saying, “I always tell fans ‘I make art.’ But, I have to say, it’s a bit humiliating that collectors express interest and faith in my pieces to place a value on them like this.

Most of the works sold were made at various high-profile venues in Miami, such as Context Hall. Prior’s appearance in Miami once again proved his ability to mesmerize huge crowds of art lovers around the world.

An audience member, in attendance for Virgil Abloh’s live painting, said: “I watched the viewers cry, overwhelmed by the power of live creation of this true art.”

In addition to his sales at Art Basel Miami, Prior is expanding his work with NFTs. Prior’s first NFT deal, “Reign of Money: What the F # $%”, a 1: 1 NFT sold for $ 182,050. The artist will build on his previous NFT achievements with a new cryptography-based project.

For this new venture, Prior will work with QNFT, a blockchain market development group, to bring a selection of NFTs showcasing works like Prior’s Frida Kahlo portrait to NFT collectors. QNFT is operated by BQT Technologies. BQT Technologies CEO Edward W. Mandel called the partnership with Prior “obvious”.

“Watching Rob paint is like watching a conductor at Carnegie Hall and we are honored to be part of Rob’s team. We are recording all of the ‘behind the scenes’ content of Rob creating his masterpieces so that the NFT metadata is recorded in the story, ”Mandel said.

About Rob Prior

Rob Prior’s career in fine art and content creation spans over thirty years, and the demand for his pieces travels everywhere. He has exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior is known for his live paintings, which draw over 300,000 spectators each year, capturing their imaginations with his pop art and fine art. When not painting, Prior creates and directs motion picture and television films. He has been called “one of the most important content creators” of his generation.

About BQT / QNFT

BQT is a company providing an ecosystem of blockchain applications. QNFT is a revolutionary DeFi NFT vertical market maker, enabling NFT collectors to mint, trade and trade their NFT assets.

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