Today, the metaverse caught a glance of itself in the mirror and understood, a little better, the nature of reality. Spanish artist Antonio García Villarán has translated that glimpse of insight into three unique art world mashups. These metaversical pieces embody this confrontation between physical reality and digital art in the second of a series of three drops dedicated to exploring the concept. 

Metaversical II exhibits two identical originals from two different realities. It’s normal for a physical artwork to precede its digitization. In the Metaversical series, the digital artwork precedes its physical artwork re-creation just as Platonic metaphysics describes the form as preceding the object. 

So, which do you believe holds the most value? Which do you prefer? Which is the “true artwork?” Antonio Garcia Villarán aims to empower the collector to make this decision and inform us all as we move toward a Metaversical world.

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Antonio García Villarán (b. 1976) is an artist based in Seville, Spain, whose artistic career stretches back to when, at age 13, he entered Reina´s adult-level Academy of Arts. As a student at the University of Seville, he was allowed to participate in graduate-level exhibitions, where his artworks always sold out. After his early graduation in two majors (painting and sculpture), Villarán officially joined the faculty at the University of Seville and went on to earn his cum laude Ph.D. 

After leaving the University of Seville, he founded his own academy and has since become a prominent figure in the art world and as an art-focused influencer and teacher. Apart from teaching at his academy (CREA 13, since 2000), Villarán has taught art to inmates of Penitentiary Center Sevilla II and to children at high risk of social exclusion. Much of his current work has taken inspiration from Villarán’s long trips to India, and his earlier sculptural work can be found prominently standing in public plazas across Andalusia. 

The Drop — September 19, 2022

The Mother Spider: Huntress of Art

The spider of Louise Bourgeois and the head of Frida Kahlo. 

We are in the century of women artists. Louise Bourgeois was a great sculptor who is undoubtedly becoming one of her spider sculptures (metaphorically speaking), weaving her threads through the art world. Frida Kahlo is perhaps the best-known female artist in the Western world. In this image, the Bourgeois spider carries a Mexican Calavera with the iconic flowers and eyebrows reminiscent of Frida. The spider has caught the fly.

  • Editions: 1/1
  • Pricing: 1 ETH reserve; 24-hour auction

Girls of Past Peeking into the Future

Girls at the window by Bartolomé Murillo and geometric abstraction by Piet Mondrian. 

For the artistic avant-gardes of the 20th century to emerge, several centuries had to pass before artists experimented with new ways of understanding painting, drawing, and sculpture. This work is a fantasy in which one of the squares in Mondrian’s work opens like a window, and two young

people appear looking out the window, a work by Murillo. The classic is always the basis of the contemporary.

  • Editions: 1/1
  • Pricing: 1 ETH reserve; 24-hour auction

The Evaporation of Avant-Garde Art

Francisco Goya’s dog and René Margritte’s floating men. 

This work is a bridge between the surrealism of Magritte’s works and one of the most emblematic works of Goya’s “The Black Paintings” series in which the head of a dog is seen looking up in an arid landscape. Fantasy makes us generate images that have never existed. However, surrealism has always existed in the minds of artists. Goya’s dog itself is a surreal image that joins the men who levitate to generate a new work where they coexist in a dreamlike world.

  • Editions: 1/1
  • Pricing: 1 ETH reserve; 24-hour auction

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