November 5, 2014 - Moxy Milan, the new economy design hotel in Milan, Italy, announced Nune D’Amico Kerobyan as the winner of its artist-in-residence competition - Blank Canvas #atthemoxy - which was held at a spectacular opening party that brought together media, hotel guests, art enthusiasts and the Milanese social scene on 30 October. Download images.
In a thrilling climax to the competition, three finalists created an artwork in just 60 minutes, in front of a live audience, using only a black blank canvas and pink, white and black paint pens. A tattoo artist, Leonardo Giacomo Borges, courtesy of Marriott Rewards, painted semi-permanent tattoos on guests whilst they sipped on Nespresso cocktails including iced raspberry macchiatos and mojito coffee cocktails with Havana Club and a selection of Red Bull drinks, Sugarfree and Red Bull Red Edition. The electric music set, by Red Bull DJ Stefi Oyadi, kept the party dancing well into the night.
The three finalists were selected from 300 submissions to global creative community, Talent House, for the first round of the challenge which required artists to submit artwork with a bold, vibrantly coloured design, capturing the character of Milan and displaying a Moxy attitude: spirited, fun and thoughtful.
Ramesh Jackson, Vice President, Franchise Brand Operation, Marriott International and member of the judging panel said: “Watching the artists get to work in such a pressurised environment for the Blank Canvas challenge made for a thrilling evening — and one that immediately set the vibe we are so proud to nourish in the Moxy brand: daring, creative and fun. Celebrating raw creative design and vibrant urban energy is at the heart of Moxy’s core values and the response from the artist community for Blank Canvas #atthemoxy has been so exciting. This is just the start of a long creative partnership as we continue to support artistic talent at our hotels”
The three finalists, Ana Androska, Hector Darcos, and Nune D’Amico Kerobyan, were shortlisted because their work displayed the individuality and artistic energy that Moxy’s expert art judges* were looking for:
Winner Nune D’Amico Kerobyan is a designer and painter from Rome, Italy. Judges admired her painting, Passion, for its decorative richness. This portrait is of a thoroughly modern, 21st-century woman, but Nune’s palette and approach is sensual with a nod to Art Deco style.
Runner upHector Darcos is a graffiti artist from the Canary Islands, who was raised in London and Barcelona. His abstract painting, Urban Flow, impressed the judges for its finely controlled line, and fluid, organic, almost other-worldly atmosphere that simultaneously feels very urban and contemporary.
Runner up Ana Androska is an artist from Skopje, in Macedonia. Her painting, Liberty, immediately caught the judges’ eyes. Liberty is, says Ana, about “celebrating the joy and passion of life — a bottle of wine shared with dear friends, with laughter, music and food”. Moxy’s art judges praised Ana’s charming, whimsical and figurative style.
As the proud winner, Nune was awarded a cash prize and her artwork will be displayed in the hotel’s Living Room. When receiving her prize from the judging panel, Nune explained “My artwork was inspired by the energy of cities around the world, fast free and always evolving and by the carefree Moxy way of life. I am so pleased and excited to win this prize and to be a part of the Moxy experience”
The Moxy Milan is located within walking distance of Terminal Two at Milan Malpensa Airport. Complimentary 24-hour shuttle service is available from Terminal One.
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* Moxy Milan’s panel of art judges at the event were:
Ramesh Jackson Ramesh is the Vice President, Franchise Brand Operation at Marriott International and has played a pivotal role in the launch of the Moxy brand and the first Moxy hotel, Moxy Milan. Ramesh has worked in vibrant and artistic cultures all over the world - including India, Brazil, China and Australia. He believes strongly that hotels should collaborate with, and give back to, their local host community.
Alessia Delisi is an art expert working for WU Magazine and Club Milano, two magazines dedicated to lifestyle, fashion, music and arts distributed in Milan and other major Italian cities.
Sinead Butler is International Account Manager for Red Bull. Sinead has worked with many exciting young artists as part of the company’s ‘Red Bull Curates’ project. Red Bull Curates gives talented artists a platform to showcase their work turning traditional venues into creative environments.
Charlotte Dutoit is an art curator, artists’ agent and designer. Charlotte is a director of Justkids, which connects top urban artists with leading global brands and conceptual spaces. She also founded Rise Above, a street art event held in Miami.
Rom Levy is a French art gallery owner best known for his work with street artists on several legal and illegal mural projects. Rom launched the StreetArtNews website in 2009 to promote underground art. He is a recognised authority on the latest trends in urban contemporary art.
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