Hackatao is an artistic duo born in 2007 in Italy. The duo is among the pioneers of the international Crypto Art movement, having tokenised their first artwork Girl Next Door on the Blockchain back in 2018.
‘Hack for the pleasure of going under the skin and discovering what lies beneath, ‘Tao’ for Yin and Yang, their inventive dynamic balance. The creation of their Podmork sculpture marks the beginning of their career, a totem-like creature made from wood and covered in graphite designs and pop acrylic block colour, as early on during their journey they would experiment with physical medium, ceramics, drawing and painting on canvas and three-dimensional surfaces. Hackatao inves8gates historical and pop cultural phenomena in their signature flat style, shedding light onto contemporary social, political and environmental issues.
In these early years Hackatao actively participate in the construction of the cryptoverse and the NFT space, testing new platforms. 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 introduce augmented reality into their practice for the first 8me, an umbilical cord between the physical works and the digital tokens.
Hackatao’s most recent work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibi8ons in physical and virtual museums and galleries such as FC Francisco Carolinum (Linz), Ca’ la Ghironda Modern Art Museum (Bologna), Chris8e’s (London), Museo Spazio Tadini (Milan), Musei di San Salvatore (Rome).