On December 4, during Art Basel Miami, Barry Skolnick, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Owner of Ikonick Gallery together with world-renowned Artist Sacha Jafri, Carla Cid De Diego and Jonathan Fakinos of Art & Hope, as well as Raquel Dominguez of RD Premium Drinks, hosted an exclusive red-carpet event as they presented Art & Hope’s first-ever project with Jafri ‘The Power of the Reconnected World, inspired by Ikonick’ in aid of the Global Gift Foundation (GGF). GGF’s Mission is to create a positive impact on the lives of children, women, and families who are in a situation of vulnerability and/or risk of social exclusion.
The highly coveted star-studded event took place at Ikonick Gallery, home to some of the world’s finest artworks and coveted automobiles, such as the unique Ferrari Monza SP02, better known as “Icona,” (one of only 499 units, valued at nearly $2 million each). Over 200 high-profile guests attended, including Kam Maleki, an art collector, curator, and director of Volta Artfairs in Basel, New York, and Miami, Model Tyson Beckford, Fashion Designer Jeff Hamilton, Rapper MPR Richie Rich, Recording Artist, and Songwriter Sean Kiez, Luieville, Mr. Ice, Dean Krauss, Doug Paull, Doris & Paul Richards, and Morgan & David Shara, to name a few.
Guinness World Record Holder Jafri, who sold his painting ‘The Journey of Humanity for USD $62 million to support those worst hit by the Covid-10 pandemic earlier this year, created a live painting during the event. Jafri announced he was starting the six-month creation in Miami and would continue to London, with a finish at his studio in Dubai.
The highlight of the night was a live auction of the Art Boxes and Jafri’s paintings, which raised a staggering USD $1 million. Each handcrafted box contains an original artwork from Jafri, an exclusive one-of-a-kind vintage champagne from Hatt et Soner, a membership to their exclusive by-invite only club where the owners of the Art Boxes can create their own vintage champagne, and a handcrafted jewel sculpture which was designed by Skolnick in collaboration with Jafri.
About Art & Hope
Zenith Art & Fashion presents the new venture Art & Hope, which is a creative organization that partners with the Arts in order to bring hope to people in need, producing unique special projects to raise funds for different humanitarian causes.
Art & Hope, together with RD Premium Drinks, has partnered with Sacha Jafri, Ikonick Gallery, and Hatt et Söner to create the project Sacha Jafri “The Power of the Reconnected World” to benefit Global Gift Foundation. This project follows Sacha Jafri’s Humanitarian journey, raising funds to help the poorest children in the world, through Galas, Events, and Auctions in different cities such as Miami, Marbella, Dubai, Paris, London, Tokyo, and many more.
About Ikonick Gallery
IKONICK: The Collection is home to some of the world’s finest artworks and automobiles. Ikonick Gallery is the brainchild of Barry L Skolnick, an entrepreneur, and philanthropist who has an unparalleled affinity for detail. His refined palette for art and art-on-wheels has culminated in a never-before-seen collection of utter visual amazement. Skolnick is the Trustee of The Skolnick Family Charitable Trust, a foundation supporting, among many endeavors, education, scientific research, healthcare, defense of Israel, initiatives to battle Anti-Semitism and literary goals. Skolnick serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Mt. Sinai Medical Center (Miami, Florida), and the Board of Trustees of the Make-A-Wish Foundation (South Florida Chapter). He is a Founding Member and Co-Chairman of the Community-Police Relations Foundation and New York’s Elite Police Foundation. Skolnick
About Sacha Jafri
The Guinness World Record for ‘The Largest Painting ever created on Canvas’, Jafri’s 2020 Covid-19 Lock-Down creation ‘The Journey of Humanity’, at 18,000 square foot, is described as ‘A modern-day Sistine Chapel created by one of the world’s greatest ever painters. It was created over an 8 month period at Atlantis, The Palm during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘The Largest Social, Artistic, & Philanthropic Project in History’ – Jafri’s ‘Humanity Inspired’, reached over 3 billion people in this ground-breaking initiative. The Painting ‘The Journey of Humanity’ became the 2nd most expensive painting ever sold in auction by a living artist, selling for a staggering $62million USDollars in March 2021.
Youngest Artist in History to have an 18-year Retrospective Museum-Based World Tour, (younger even than Pablo Picasso), visiting 35x Cities in 28x Countries of the World.
With his prices set to soar over the next decade, Jafri is described by Forbes as: ‘One of the Art World’s Most Bankable Investments.’
Jafri also holds the current record for: The Artist with the most amount of Open-Edition NFT’s sold in under a minute, with $2million USDollars worth of NFT’s sold in 45seconds.
Jafri also holds the accolade of: The most amount of money ever raised for charity by any artist in history, $140million USDollars.
With a Host of A-List Celebrity & Royal Collectors, and having exhibited his work in the most important Art Museums & Institutions of the World, Jafri is now regarded as one of the world’s most influential and important living artists.
Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, Kate Moss, Ben Stiller, Eva Longoria, Madeline Stowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Fernando Alonso, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Sir Andy Murray, Sir Richard Branson, George Clooney, President Barak Obama, Susan Sarandon, Spike Lee, Ridley Scott, Sharon Stone, Orlando Bloom, Prince Albert of Monaco, The Sultan of Brunei, President Bill Clinton, HRH Prince William, HRH Prince Charles, David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Eric Cantona, Zinedine Zidane, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Andre Strauss, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Shane Warne amongst others,
Ruling Families of the UK, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Monaco, India, Thailand, amongst others
About RD Premium Drinks
RD Premium Drinks Consulting helps luxury brands successfully grow in the US market. They help clients find qualified and experienced wine & spirits importers and distributors in the United States based on the origin, variety, and market goals of each product. They rely on long-term relationships and vigorous marketing strategies to support their client’s sales growth goals, creating exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences to connect clients with luxury brands and customers in the international markets to grow their network. They partnered with Art & Hope to support the exclusive sales of the “Power of the Reconnected World” Art Boxes in the European market.
About Global Gift Foundation
Global Gift Foundation is a humanitarian non-profit organization. It was founded in 2013 by the Spanish actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist, María Bravo, with the aim of creating a positive impact on the lives of children, women, and families, who are in a situation of vulnerability and/or risk of social exclusion. The Global Gift Foundation started by supporting other Non-Profit organizations, since the foundation grew, it was able to expand its field of action, developing its own projects to meet its objectives. Their Mission is to create a positive impact on the lives of children, women, and families who are in a situation of vulnerability and/or risk of social exclusion.
About Hatt et Söner
HATT et SÖNER seeks to preserve the purest possible expression of nature. They embrace manual labor and do not use preventive methods to combat diseases in the vineyards. Instead, they work to preserve a flourishing and diverse ecosystem which they nurture carefully and treat only when necessary. They believe that supporting non-profit organizations and the individuals who work tirelessly to make a difference in the world we live in is not only essential but also everyone’s responsibility. When they officially launched the concept of Personal Vintage in 2013, they saw this as not only a unique opportunity for their clients to make a change in Champagne but also to make an impact on a global scale for the good of all.