Producer of Virtue Niche, Polkadot Network Council Member, Web3 Foundation China Community Lead
Qinwen's adventures span from being an published Artist, to Venture Capital to Entrepreneurship geographically extending from China, the Middle East to Europe. Hybrid backgrounds forms Qinwen's mission-driven dedication in Art + Tech, She is the co-producer of "Virtue Niche", the world's first crypto art exhibition hosted in UCCA lab 2021, and has previously presented at Christie’s Art + Tech Summit (2019), Bahrain Art Week (2019), Shanghai West Bund Art Fair (2020) featured in Vogue Business, Artsy, Harper's Bazaar Art how Web3.0 technology is building up the Decentralized Art Market. Qinwen is on the Council of Polkadot Network. She joined Web3 Foundation in 2019 to build China Community for Polkadot Network which is the flagship project of Web3 Foundation.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Kenetic
Jehan Chu is co-Founder and Managing Partner at Kenetic, a blockchain Venture Capital and cryptocurrency trading firm based in Hong Kong. A former front-end developer, he started investing in cryptocurrency in 2013 and has invested and supported over 100 projects. Jehan founded the Ethereum HK community (2014), co-Founded the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong (2014) and founded the Hyperledger HK community (2016). Jehan serves as co-Chairman of the Hong Kong Fintech Association Blockchain Committee, is enrolled in the Kauffman Fellows Program, is a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science and member of the Global Patrons Board of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He also sits on the Board of Para Site Art Space and is co-Founder and Board member of Social Alpha Foundation, a blockchain/social impact non-profit.
China Head of Editorial and Marketing, Artsy
Sonia Xie is the China Head of Editorial and Marketing at Artsy, the leading technology platform in the art world, the magazine of which is the most widely read online arts editorial in the world. Prior to joining Artsy, Xie was the deputy editor-in-chief at the Art Newspaper China. Xie is also a regular contributor to influential media including Vogue Business, Life Week, Sixth Tone, Nowness, Wallpaper, KINFOLK, Arbiter, superELLE and ELLE. She is also one of the earliest art people who studies NFT.
Director of Art and Cultural Program at SuperRare
An Rong received her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from New York University. Since early 2020, she has been in charge of the Editorial section of SuperRare, and has led multiple crypto art exhibitions, events, and special projects. She’s dedicated to building the cultural aspect of crypto art.
Curator, Founder and CEO, BlockCreateArt (BCA)
Curator and producer of world's first major institutional crypto art exhibition, Virtual Niche. Initiator of Art-tech public education project - CRYPTOULTRA NFT forum. Early blockchain investor, crypto art collector and Art-tech pioneer. Graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), with his own artworks collected by CAFA Museum. Reported by CGTN, ChinaNews, artnet, BAZAAR ART, Art Ifeng, GQ, etc. Now engaged in promoting crypto art by building complete efficient and standardized NFT ecosystem
Founder and CEO of REALY
George graduated from Peking University with a double bachelor's degree in sociology and economics. George had been working with private equity and venture capital firms for over 10 years. Since 2016, he has served as the co-founder and CFO of INNERSECT, one of China’s biggest streetwear and fashion events held by Edison Chen each year in Shanghai. George has got rich investment and industry resources and experience in fashion, art toy and street culture area. REALY, founded in 2020, as a bridge between the fashion industry and the blockchain, it has reached official cooperation with many well-known brands including Mars Space Station, Macott Station, Revenge, etc. With NFT, REALY help brands and IP enter the crypto world, and finally integrate the real world and virtual world.
Professor and PhD supervisor, China Central Academy of Fine Art (CCAFA)
Director, The 5th Studio of the Oil Painting Department, CCAFA
Director, International College, CCAFA
Liu Gang graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1991 and stayed to teach at the Fourth Studio of the Department. In 1995, he finished the Master’s courses in oil painting at the Academy. Now he serves as a professor and doctoral supervisor of CAFA, Director of the Fifth Studio, and Dean of the International School of CAFA. Liu Gang is one of the artists who pioneered the making of abstract art in China and his works have been collected by important Chinese and international museums or institutes, such as the National Art Museum of China and the CAFA Art Museum.
Founder of Digital Finance Group (DFG)
James Wo is an experienced investor and entrepreneur in blockchain technology and digital assets. In 2015, James founded the DFG (Digital Finance Group), which manages investments in excess of $1000M AUM. James has in-depth thinking about the industry and is willing to share his insights. He speaks internationally on blockchain technologies, digital assets, investment, entrepreneurship and trends such as NFT. DFG has a good portfolio of NFT projects, including Efinity, Unique, Treasureland, Bit.Country, Polkamon, etc. James is passionate about the art career.
Crypto Artist, Concept Artist, Space Designer, and Founder of Rockethands Studio
Studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, crypto artist, concept artist, space designer, and founder of Rockethands Studio, which is currently an art studio specializing in crypto art and virtual exhibitions with friends.started to understand crypto art in October 2020, and have been working on concept art before that.This year the studio created crypto artworks like Turbulence Cube and Turbulence Ball, as well as an online virtual pavilion called Ripples.His personal work Noise was included in the BCA & Canary Network's Global Digital Art Competition and was exhibited in the world's first large-scale crypto art exhibition at UCCA Lab. The content and direction of personal works are the combination of technology and art as well as the subtle changes in the relationship between people, including the original intention of making online exhibition, which is also an exploration of new media.It is believed that the desire to explore and express is always the most advantageous capital for young artists.
Project lead of AlchemyNFT.org, and Co-Founder of Stormbird (AlphaWallet)
4 years experience in blockchain, over 10 years business experience in sport and entertainment industries with 7 years experience managing multinational teams and businesses across Asia countries. Core team of a tech startup that was sold to eBay for US$165m in 2016. While NFTs have exploded in the last 6 months, we had been immersed in NFTs for over the last 3.5 years, working on tokenization of digital and real assets. We launched AlphaWallet, the first crypto wallet to natively support NFTs in 2018 right at the beginning of the CryptoKittie craze. Since then we’ve built and shipped countless NFTs to tokenize anything and everything from digital identity, music rights, physical products, door access, ebook, gift card, shop voucher, member card, and ticketing — from FIFA World Cup 2018 and UEFA EURO 2020 for football fans, to EDCON 2020 and DEVCON 2021 for hardcore crypto-engineers. In 2019, we created the first NFT for car ownership in a Proof of Concept for Karma Automotive. In 2020, we made the NFT art for the crypto_manifold exhibition of Chronus Art Center (CAC) in Shanghai. We consider NFTs to be an important part of the universal Token ecosystem and of tokenization. NFTs have a tremendous potential to tokenize services and products and to bridge that gap between “Tokens” to “traditional web” — but the future functionality must match the promised hype of NFTs as collectibles.
He started to learn 3D art for Next-Generation Games in 2010. In 2015, he created the series of works For Future, Data Insects, Chrysalis and Alien Creatures by digital 3D. In 2017, he started to create Cyborg Poems using garbled characters as a medium and decided to name his subsequent visual works with garbled characters. In 2019, he created the Text Gene Project, a series of visual and text works through generative adversarial neural (GAN) network and algorithm.
Angell Xi is partner of Jingtian & Gongcheng. She has spent 24 years in legal practice and business management, as a recognized expert in Art Law, IP Licensing, Luxury and Fashion Law, Private Client and Cross-border M&A Transactions. For 12 years, she was in house, including as General Counsel for GE Intelligent Platforms APAC and Ashland Asia, Leading Compliance Counsel for Kering Asia and Michelin China Counsel. She is Senior Vice Chair of IBA Art, Cultural Institution and Heritage Law Committee, Member of IBA Private Client Committee, Member of Art Law Foundation and The RAM (The Responsible Art Market Initiative), Advisory Committee Member and Legal Advisor for Licensing International Great China, Postgraduate Tutor for KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Wuhan University Law School. She was award-winner of various legal awards for Art Law, IP Licensing, Private Client and Private Wealth Management, for years, she has been ranked as leading Chinese lawyer in Art Law, IP Licensing, Private Client and Family Office by international legal ranking institutions. Books she co-authored in recent years include: Art Law, Art Law Review, Luxury and Fashion Law, Trademark Law and Private Client, which was published annually updated in London, U.K. since 2018. She is one of the lawyers who earliest handled with NFT Art, Art Technology and Technology-based Art projects in China.
Danni Shinya Luo
Pop Surrealism Artist, Crypto Artist, Chinese Spokesperson of Async Art
Apprenticed under the Chinese watercolor master Ha-Ding, graduated from Art Center College of Design, Danni Shinya Luo is an established artist exhibiting across North America, Europe, and Asia. Besides the field of Pop Surrealism Art, she has also done works for various creative venues, including: Marvel Comics, Zenescope Comics, Hasbro Inc, MGA entertainment, Nickelodeon Virtual Worlds, and more. She was also featured in the independent documentary "Comics Are Everywhere!". Currently Danni is working along side Async as a creator and Chinese spokesperson.