Artist at the intersection of fine art and metaverse technologies
Bay Backner is an artist working at the intersection of fine art and metaverse technologies. She is co-founder of Vueltta, an international art collective producing immersive installations in the Decentraland metaverse. In 2022, her work was featured by Metaverse Art Week, NFT Show Europe, NFT Liverpool, ETH Barcelona and The Financial Times Digital Asset Summit.
Bay produced the metaverse exhibition REFUGE which raised over $28000 for Ukraine. Most recently, she created the world’s first performance art piece in the metaverse for Miami Art Week and The Royal House of Medici.
Bay holds a degree in Physics from Oxford University and accreditations from Canterbury Christ Church University, The National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. She regularly lectures in metaverse, DAOs and the spatial internet, most recently at UPV Valencia and Berklee College of Music. You can watch her NFT Show Europe 2022 presentation on four laws for metaverse creators here.
Between digital and sociocultural identities
The theme of digital identity vs sociocultural identity is central to Bay’s work. Her pieces use oil paint, AI and metaverse installations to pull cultural archetypes into the exploratory space between physical and digital worlds. In her ongoing body of work on ‘the muse’, she paints real-life portraits of her ‘muses’ – women she has generated using AI technology – then disrupts their images through digital-physical interventions. Bay sees this as a way to disrupt her own relationship with the legacy muse-artist narrative.
Bay spent seven years studying the techniques of the Renaissance painters, above all their use of chiaroscuro. Most of her artworks begin classically, as real-life oil paint on canvas, before they are developed into digital installations. Her physical works have exhibited at London Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and in galleries in London and Europe.
Decentralized technologies and NFTs
Bay has been active in decentralized technology since 2006, when she produced the first conference on open source mobile software in Silicon Valley. She still regularly consults on metaverse and web3 growth strategy for brands including DeFi ICOs, NFT platforms, social protocols and decentralised social enterprise. Bay both creates and collects NFTs on the Tezos and Polygon chains. As a collector, she focuses on emerging women artists, and her own work was selected for the Women’s Museum’s genesis NFT collection.
“Meet the anti-scroll model….Bay Backner.”
— Grazia Magazine
“Bay has an uncommon affinity and flair with paint. Very impressive.”
— Peter Duggan, Author, Artoons