FINE ART ASIA 2021 Academic Programme

 

Panel Discussion: NFT – Revolutionary step for engaging Art & Design

Presented by Fine Art Asia

Speakers: Mr. Warren Cheng, Director of Wui Po Kok and Director of Fine Art Asia
  Mr. Simon Ma, Artist
  Dr. Henrietta Tsui-Leung, Founder & CEO of Ora-Ora and Co-founder & President Emeritus of Hong Kong Art Gallery Association
Moderator: Ms. Mona Lin, Art Collector
Date: 9 October 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Language: Cantonese

 

NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) started in the crypto-currency field; then permeated into the art collectors’ world. From antiques to fine art to design, we have different art experts who are engaged in NFTs.

The panel will introduce how these art experts were intrigued by the idea of NFTs and how they use their own interpretation of this tool to enhance their work in the art world.

On the panel we have antique dealer Warren Cheng, who uses NFTs to create an experience that goes from on-chain to off-chain; gallery owner Henrietta Leung-Tsui, who has launched NFTs for her artists; and designer Simon Ma, who explores the possibilities of using NFTs to enrich his works. The discussion will be moderated by art collector Mona Lin.

 

Warren Cheng is a Hong Kong-based, third-generation antique dealer specialising in Chinese archaic art. His gallery, Wui Po Kok, was founded in the 1980s and has been active throughout the world. The gallery deals in a wide range of art forms, ranging from pottery and bronze vessels to sculptures and scholarly ceramic objects. In the few decades of its operation, the gallery has successfully helped prestigious international collectors and museums alike to reach new heights in their collections of Chinese art. Warren Cheng is also a director of Fine Art Asia, and a co-founder of the Hong Kong Antique and Art Galleries Association.

Warren Cheng holds an MA in Comparative and Public History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong. He attended Brown University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and then worked for the Boston Consulting Group. In recent years, he has been working to blend antiques and technology, in order to present the ancient arts in a new light.

   

Simon Ma is a cross-border artist engaged in painting, sculpture, sound, video and design. Born in Hong Kong in 1974, as a child he was taught by the master Fan Zideng. From the age of 13, he studied in the UK and graduated from the Bartlett School, University of London in 1997.

He is now acting CEO and Art Director of MA DESIGN Group. He is Art Ambassador of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Ambassador of Chinese and Italian Culture and Arts, and Visiting Professor at the School of Visual Arts of Donghu University in Shanghai, the Shanghai School of Visual Arts, Shanghai Theoretical Institute, an honorary mentor of East China Normal University, Tongji University and East China University of Technology. He was Director of the Art of China Pavilion and Enterprise Pavilion at the Milan World Expo. In 2016, he was appointed Ambassador of Art of the Institute Marangoni School of Arts, Grand Ricci, Ambassador of Art and Culture of the French Ricci Dictionary Promotion Association, and Ambassador of International Peace of UNESCO. His works have been exhibited and collected by leading museums worldwide.

   

Dr Henrietta Tsui-Leung, pioneer of the Hong Kong art gallery scene, co-founded the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association in 2012. She established Galerie Ora-Ora in 2006 and has launched the international careers of many artists,

exhibiting at international museums and art fairs, and placing works in prominent museums and collections. Dr Tsui-Leung has had a decisive impact on the evolution of contemporary ink art, bringing artists of diverse visions, concepts and media to new audiences around the world. Before her career in the arts, she spent 11 years in corporate and investment banking with Citigroup and HSBC specialising in the real estate sector and public institutions sector.

Henrietta obtained undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Economics from Queens University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In 2018, she completed her PhD degree in Art Theory at Shanghai University. Her published doctorate thesis was a Comparative Study on the Art Finance Development between the East and the West.

Dr Tsui-Leung is keen to develop the art ecology of Hong Kong and Asia in different ways. She was appointed a Member of the Sub-committee on Visual Arts, Advisory Committee on Arts Development, Home Affairs Bureau of Hong Kong and is a Founding Patron of M+ Museum of Visual Culture in Hong Kong. Dr Tsui-Leung serves as an art advisor for different multinational institutions. She is a Senior Research Analyst of the China Art Industry Research Institute and the China Art Economics Institute.