Pixel Skull in the Eternal City

Updated: Oct 27

On October 21st and 22nd the Rome based gallery Mecenate hosted the artworks from the first Pixel Skull Art Collective Edition "Skulls", representing 52 international artists in one NFT art show. The show attracted a crowd of curious Romans, happy to dig into the future of art. We talked to gallery owner Matteo Scarnera about the event.



Opening event at Galleria Mecenate Fine Art in Rome (Garbatella) - Italy, leading NFT gallery of the city, for the Pixel Skull show in Rome, showcasing 52 international artists in our Pixel Skull Art Collective "Skulls" show
Opening event for the Pixel Skull show in Rome


Matteo, please tell us a bit about Mecenate Fine Art Gallery? What is the idea behind the gallery, when did you start operating etc.

Mecenate Fine Art Ltd ("MFA") stands out as it runs the first and only NFT art gallery in Rome, innovating the current Rome art scene and providing a new, exciting experience in the eternal city. MFA's mission is to facilitate the connection between artists and art collectors through the power of Web3. We provide visibility, market placement, marketing support, and dedicated services to artists to showcase every form of NFT Art in our physical and digital spaces.


Visitor of Mecenate Fine Art Gallery in Rome looking at artworks of American artist John Ritter from Pittsburgh, and Digital Design Wizard Lori Dilo from New York City, members of the Pixel Skull Art Collective
Gallery guest looking at works of American artist John Ritter from Pittsburgh, and Digital Design Wizard Lori Dilo from New York City

What is so special about NFT art, in your opinion?

For MFA, the main importance of NFTs as a medium, is bringing democracy to the art world. Introducing NFTs into everyday people’s lives and covering a large audience, would promote a series of benefits including dynamic and quick transactions as well as flexible opportunities to showcase artworks worldwide. NFTs are the future, especially for decentralizing commerce and increase transparency.


Curious art lovers looking at artworks from the Pixel Skull Artist Collective at Mecenate gallery in Rome

We are very happy that you’ll host our Pixel Skull Art Collective works at your gallery. What do you like about Pixel Skull and the art you saw?

The variety of works and styles of digital artworks showcased was superb! Thanks to your 52 international artists we were delighted to have so much quality and variety in one single exhibition!



Visitor on the sidewalk outside of Mecenate Fine Art Gallery in Rome (Garbatella District) looking inside the gallery showcasing the Pixel Skull Art Collective exhibition.
Visitor on the sidewalk outside of Mecenate Fine Art Gallery

Do you focus on a specific style for the artist that you are working with?


We are open to hosting all types of art; at the same time, we organize themed exhibitions, each focused on a specific category of art e.g. photography, pixel art, AI art, etc.

There is of course a lot of very ancient art in Rome, so to speak. How does it feel to run a gallery space that focuses more on the future than on the long gone past of art and culture? Are people in Rome curious about digital art?

There is a lot of curiosity, many people are interested in discovering new art forms! In our space, we blend physical and digital art. We are innovating the current Rome art scenario and providing a new, exciting experience in the eternal city.



2nd day visitors during the event, looking at the digital NTF artworks from Simone Brillarelli from Milano, Italy, Ziqi Hu from Beijing, China, Eucari from Tokyo, Japan and Eduardo Foresti from São Paulo , Brazil
2nd day visitors during the event, looking at works from Simone Brillarelli, Ziqi Hu, Eucari and Eduardo Foresti

Thanks so much for the chat and for hosting us, Matteo!

All photos courtesy of Mecenate Fine Art Ltd, 2022

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