As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to wreak havoc on the livelihoods of displaced Ukrainian civilians, international communities have come up with unconventional and creative ways to assist them. Several online charity auctions organized by the NFT community such as Vandalz for Ukraine, ArtWaRks Ukraine, UkraineDAO, Holy Water and RtistiQ use their unique digital resources to provide aid to war-affected people and their defense and healthcare systems.
The community of brilliant Ukrainian artists also bears the brunt of the tragic war. After being forced to leave the country to seek refuge and abandon their painstakingly created physical artworks, artists are turning to digital platforms to secure their source of income with some help from philanthropic initiatives.
Through their creations, many NFT artists express their fierce nationalism, enthusiasm for combat and regalia, optimism for a brighter future that often turns into sad reflection, and feelings of loss, betrayal, pacifism, and anger. In collaboration with NFT platforms, Ukrainian artists have come forward to support their home country along with their own livelihood.
The charity auction for Ukrainian artists
NFT marketplace RtistiQ has rushed to help suffering Ukrainian artists by organizing a charity NFT auction that will showcase their artworks digitally and connect them with buyers and donors. The proceeds from the auction benefit the artists directly.
This charity will provide immediate financial support to artists affected by the unprecedented turmoil and trauma of war. RtistiQ hopes to attract generous bidders to ease the burden on people facing this grave humanitarian crisis.
The company will announce the list of participating Ukrainian artists and their selected works for the NFT drop in the coming days. The online charity auction will take place from April 7th to 10th, 2022 on the RtistiQ website.
RtistiQ is an NFT powered art platform and community that aims to transparently bridge the gap between artists and art connoisseurs and buyers across Blockchain, NFT and NFC technologies. The unique marketplace showcases artworks created by talented artists from over 40 countries across traditional and digital media.
The platform acquired exclusive digital NFTs of iconic artworks by legendary Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma in February 2022.
Aiming to radically change the course of female representation in the world of NFTs, the company also plans to feature a collection of specially curated digital NFTs by female artists on its platform in the near future.
In the meantime, here are ten Ukrainian NFT artists you can support
Anastasia Mihaylova, an artist who has been passionate about photography since the young age of 14, has now become a sought-after addition to the NFT community. The photographer captures painfully beautiful nudes, attempting to portray human beings in their rawest, most unfiltered form, existing as nature’s children.
Mihaylova recently gained weight Twitter to express her gratitude for the overwhelming love and support the NFT community has shown her and other Ukrainian artists. “Thank you so much to every collector who is writing, helping and supporting now! Your help is now priceless for every Ukrainian!” – read the tweet.
Check out their NFT collection here.
A talented film and digital photographer, Alexis Olin has over 20 years of experience in photography, fashion, music and painting. Featuring beautiful artwork reflecting French and Renaissance influences, Olin’s dreamy pieces have been featured in multiple exhibitions in Kyiv and around the world. His artistic skills span mediums such as paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and clothing.
He is also an active participant in the NFT community and is the creator of numerous NFTs including meditation rabbit, a digital collection of bunnies that “empowers people to live their lives to the fullest”. To learn more about this artist, see his photographs Instagram.
Buy his NFTs here.
The budding NFT artist, Artem Humilevskiy, strives to portray body positivity and self-acceptance in the form of nude self-portraits. He presents an ironic perspective that challenges society’s unrealistic standards of beauty through his playful photography.
He is quickly gaining recognition in the NFT space and has created several 1/1 pieces ready to imprint on the Foundation platform. His latest digital venture, Giant, includes 50 NFTs priced at 0.65 Ethereum (ETH) each. Born out of two years of research and hard work, the project captures human vulnerability and his personal journey of self-love and body acceptance.
Check out his NFTs here.
With a bachelor’s degree from the Art Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine, Olena Stepanovych is a painter, illustrator and muralist. Your abstract, realistic and impressionist artworks will be available for sale on the RtistiQ NFT platform. With prices between 1200 and 1900 US dollars, the artist’s paintings are a feast for the eyes and transport the viewer to the idyllic streets of Italy.
To support and uplift the artist, purchase her digital paintings here.
With a quirky and youthful painting style, her oil on canvas illustrations are being digitized and made available for sale on the RtistiQ website. Her six lively and cheerful animal-based artworks are priced at $100 each. To support Loktionova, buy her art here.
The artist, graphic designer, illustrator and teacher has received several awards, including the all-Ukrainian creative international project competition “Art-Nova” in Ukraine and London for three years in a row.
Her emotional figurative, impressionist, contemporary and conceptual paintings are part of private collections in Ukraine, USA and Germany. With a master’s degree in art from Kherson National Technical University, Olena’s digital artworks are available on the RtistiQ website for prices ranging from $500 to $2,000.
Buy her pieces here.
Featuring several heartbreaking artworks that celebrate the never-say-die spirit of brave Ukrainians, Ksenia presents us with artistic solace in the midst of an unspeakable crisis. Eleven of her digital paintings are available for sale on the RtistiQ website, ranging in price from $200 to $500 Kyiv, Ukraine. We believe!you can buy the artist’s watercolors hereor go to her beauty Instagram feed to bond with her.
You can also find 250 of her original watercolor paintings and prints for sale in the fields of graphics, architecture, still life and food, abstract, landscape, nautical and floral art finder.
Yura Miron is a visionary visual artist, musician, psychonaut and an OG crypto art collector based in Kyiv, Ukraine. His vibrant and intriguing artworks are influenced by unique personal experiences such as psychedelic trips, lucid dreaming and meditation. After Miron received a prestigious co-signing from X-Copy in 2021, NFT collectors scrambled to snag his remaining 1/1 artworks, greatly increasing his demand in the digital marketplace.
To show solidarity with Ukraine and its people and to raise valuable donations, DPZ and Organic Material organized “Art For Ukraine”, a collection of digital artworks created by artists minting on the Tezos blockchain.
All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Art for Ukraine fund. You can find Miron’s fundraising token called “Inseparability” for sale here.
With over 15 years of experience creating 3D and pixel art since 2007, Mykola Flaschenko is an Art Director, Digital Artist, Designer and Animator based in Kyiv. The multidisciplinary artist has worked with coveted companies such as Xbox, Hulu, A24 Movies, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, EA Sports and Ford among others throughout his prolific career.
More recently he’s been making waves in the NFT space, offering digital art for sale Open sea Crypto Marketplace. In collaboration with other NFT artists, Flaschenko has used several NFT falls to raise funds for Ukraine since the Russian invasion.
Chernaya Rechka, a figurative NFT artist from Kyiv, is known for her hauntingly beautiful oil paintings rendered in monochromatic dark, melancholy tones. The artist currently resides in Hamburg, Germany as he was forced to leave Kyiv at the start of the war.
She is new to the NFT space and started minting her artworks on the Tezos blockchain in early 2022. Rechka is also active Instagram and accepts art commissions online.
Buy their NFTs here.
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