Hackatao was born in 2007. The OG artists are among the pioneers of the international Crypto Art movement, having minted their first artwork on the blockchain back in 2018. In these early years, the duo actively participated in the construction of the cryptoverse and the NFT space. They contribute significantly to the discussion, together with other pioneer crypto artists, curators and collectors, regarding the implementation of royalties for artists on the secondary market. In 2018 Hackatao also introduced augmented reality into their practice for the first time, an umbilical cord between the physical works and the digital tokens. Before having entered the crypto sphere, the artists would also experiment with physical medium such as ceramics, drawing and painting on canvas as well as three-dimensional surfaces.
Hackatao investigate historical and pop cultural phenomena in their signature flat style, shedding light onto contemporary social, political and environmental issues and debates. Towards the end of 2021, Hackatao collaborate with NFT Studios to develop the Queens+Kings avatar series, an artistic project supported by Sotheby’s. Q+K explores and aspires to subvert the hierarchies of the PFP (profile picture) scene. The ongoing project focuses on visualizing the immense potential of web3 and the wider Metaverse, aiming to constantly involve the community in the process of creation. Q+K allows for collectors to become co-creators and dynamically transform their sovereign avatars.
Hackatao’s most recent work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, both physically and virtually at;ARTE MUSEUM VALLEY (Gangneung, Korea), FC Francisco Carolinum (Linz, Austria), Celestial Hermitage (State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia), NFT.NYC (New York, USA), NFT Berlin (Berlin, Germany), Non-Fungible Conference (Lisbon, Portugal), Ca’ la Ghironda Modern Art Museum (Bologna, Italy), Sotheby’s (London, UK), Christie's (London, UK), Dreamverse (New York, USA) Museo Spazio Tadini (Milan, Italy), Musei di San Salvatore (Rome, Italy).