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Nicholai Khan’s dream is to fill the world with art. Funding for exclusive Art Basel Miami 2012 will bring him one step closer. Read more

Miami, FL Mixed Media
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Nicholai Khan’s dream is to fill the world with art. Funding for exclusive Art Basel Miami 2012 will bring him one step closer.

Miami, FL Mixed Media
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UPDATE! - November 2nd

Thank you so much for all of your donations thus far!

2 new rewards added at reduced cost! Gettin to Basel Sale! Your choice of artwork from any collection in vivid glossy photo print 11"x14" at $10 or 16"x20" at $20 for the lowest prices of the season. More info below.

The Goal

I am looking to spread a new art style I call Urban Contemporary, and I want to exhibit my new process at Art Basel Miami 2012. This will allow me to continue my dream of inspiring individuals through my art to create. I have already been accepted to participate in this prestigious event, but I need your help to cover the costs of this show. Art Basel is a renowned international contemporary art fair also called the “Olympics of the art world.” It features over 300 galleries and thousands of artists including recent talents and history’s modern legends such as Warhol, Picasso and Keith Haring. The tradition originally started in Basel, Switzerland but has more recently expanded to Miami and Hong Kong. 

With an audience of over 25,000 viewers, my art will be able to make an impact on society. Urban Contemporary is an art form that mixes social classes, breakdowns different genres and plays with various mediums such as spray paint, oils, acrylics, markers, plants, and rivets. The pieces I create are meant to stimulate the viewer visually, socially, and mentally. This is done through the vibrant color combinations and the subject matter expands upon concepts of self-awareness, personal enhancement, and hidden messages about the universe and the place humans have in it. My dream is to make life a better place through art and the joy of creativity.

- Special thanks to Sims for the amazing background track used in the video.

Creative Process

This is an introduction to the unique and new style of art called "Urban Contemporary" - the mixture of street art infused with many other classical and modern influences. The video gives a quick glimpse into my creative process.

About the Artist

Nicholai Khan was born in Trinidad & Tobago and moved to New York City as a child. He received formal training from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In an effort to give his work more dimension, he researches quantum mechanics, meditation, and studies with religious leaders and spiritual healers.    

He exhibits his painting collections at international galleries in New York City, Paris and London and is invited to create live street art murals around the world. He displays his artwork at renowned venues such as Comic Con NYC, Fashion Week NYC, and the Magic Trade Show in Las Vegas. Various art publications and newspapers have recognized Nicholai. He wrote and illustrated the picture book Nicho the Tiger: Create Your World. He volunteers at schools and community youth programs to teach the value of creativity and focus teen aggression into constructive outlets like art.

Rewards

Here is a list of what I will be giving you in gratitude for your support.

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About the Artwork

Khan infuses his almost photorealistic images with a bright burst of sensation to achieve a result he names 'Urban Contemporary'. This form combines modern and classical styles with the psyche of the artist to create a masterpiece. The philosophy is built on the idea that art can bring all social statuses together whether they come from upper or lower classes based on a mutual understanding and love of art. Urban Contemporary spreads through multiple genres ranging from visual art, performing art and other forms of self-expression. His artistic goal is a multimedia amalgamation of a lifetime of variegated influences. His toolbox includes gold leaf, markers, wood, flowers and even diamonds and jewelry. He reuses discarded paintings, glass, windows and even empty spray paint cans in his enigmatic pieces, rendering them dynamic, singular and truly representative of the urban cacophony in which he creates.

The pieces being displayed at Art Basel are from the Be Your Own ICON Collection. These works are a study on how the lives of history’s icons are intertwined with the everyday person. The human species is interconnected through shared space with all our actions affecting each other’s realities. Khan’s belief that everyone can “Be Their Own Icon” is personally put into practice through his generous volunteer work and lending ear to all those who need consolation.  By showing individuals that giving your time to notice and care about them, you will make a significant impact on the world around you, which will surely be reciprocated. We are all living in simultaneous universes and the beauty is that we are all sharing in each other’s space, even those of legend. They have always been saying and communicating this message in many different ways. We, however, can only receive this message to “Be Your Own ICON,” if we are open and aware that we all have a significant place or role to play in each other’s lives and in this universe. 

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Your Contributions at Work

Your contributions will enable me to cover the fees to display my paintings at Art Basel Miami. This funding will help pay for supplies and print costs to properly exhibit my work. Due to the heavy nature of the mediums used, a sturdy and custom-made frame is necessary to hang each piece. As the images are very fragile, they will need proper packaging and professional shipping and transportation to Miami from New York City. With the magnitude of the planned viewers, it is vital to have proper representation and marketing materials on hand including postcards, coffee table books, and stickers. With your donations, I can achieve my dream of participating at Art Basel Miami and with any aid exceeding my goal; I can further expand my career to other international venues and personal projects.

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    Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter

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    Behind the scenes video footage of Art Basel + 5” x 7” Postcard from Be Your Own ICON Collection + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter

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    Gettin to Basel Sale – Lowest Price of the Season - One 11” x 14” Glossy Photo Print of your choice with signing and personalized message + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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    Gettin to Basel Sale – Lowest Price of the Season – One 16” x 20” Glossy Photo Print of your choice with signing and personalized message + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as supporter

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    Gettin to Basel Sale – Lowest Price of the Season – One 16” x 20” Glossy Photo Print of your choice with signing and personalized message + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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    "Nicholai Khan Collection Book" with signing and personalized message. Following an Artist's life with paint, spray paint and ink, this is a look at over 175 art pieces from both new and archived art collections + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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    "Nicho the Tiger: Create Your World" Children’s Book with signing and personalized message. Nicho the Tiger is a story of a young tiger and his ability to create a wonderful world for you and I + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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    NEW! - Limited Edition Spray Paint Can Print + 5” x 7” Be Your Own ICON Collection Postcard + Special “Thank You” with your name on my website as a supporter. Additional Costs for International Shipping.

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    20” x 30” Glossy Photo Print with signing and personalized message + Special “Thank you” with your name on our website as a supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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    NEW! - Personalized Portrait – Have your portrait included in a group work of all the supporters who made this project happen. Includes a 20” x 24” inch Glossy Photo Print + 5” x 7” Be Your Own ICON Collection Postcard + Special “Thank You” with your name on my website as a supporter. Additional Costs for International Shipping.

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    24” x 36” Metallic Photo Print with signing and personalized message + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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    Two 24” x 36” Metallic Photo Prints with signing and personalized message + "Nicholai Khan Collection Book" signed and custom sketch on inside front cover + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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    Your choice 3 ft Embellished Canvas Print with signing from Aikhan Angels Collection + Special “Thank you” with your name on our website as a supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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    Your choice 5 ft Embellished Canvas Print with signing from Be Your Own ICON Collection + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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    Special Offer - Your choice 16” x 20” Original Painting on Stretched Canvas from any of Nicholai Khan’s Collections or any commissioned subject matter + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter (exclusive only 15). Additional costs for international shipping.

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    Day with an Artist - Spend a day with me learning “Urban Contemporary” technique by painting subject matter of your choice on a wall mural or canvas you get to keep + personalized photo album from the day + a private dinner with a personalized table sketch + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter (travel not included).

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    VIP Collection – 3 ft Original Framed Canvas Painting with signing from any of Nicholai Khan’s Collections or any commissioned subject matter + Nicholai Khan Collection Book with custom sketch on inside front cover + personalized video footage of artwork being painted + Special “Thank you” with your name on my website as a supporter. Additional costs for international shipping.

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Funding period

- (30 days)