Discriminated local Indian artist shows hard work pays off

by | Dec 1, 2021 | NEWS | 0 comments

A Malaysian Indian artist that was discriminated against countlessly has shown that hard work pays off after being a big hit in the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) market.

Visithra Manikam is now considered a big player in the NFT market as her art is selling on the platform, making her earn RM 1.5 million.

However, her story has not always been easygoing as she hurdles over discrimination in the country.

“Very few Malaysian Indian artists get opportunities in the top Malaysian art galleries, nor in government-funded exhibitions… I’ve been in shows where I’m the token Indian,” she said.

She added that several times when she tried promoting her art, she was told her art pieces were not good enough as ‘it was too Indian’.

Ever since she placed her art on the NFT platform, the community has been welcoming and has attracted big names like Snoop Dogg, a well-known American rapper.

“Snoop is really the sweetest. He came into the community as an anonymous collector and only after gaining traction, he revealed who he was,” she said.

The Malaysian artist currently has 190 collectors across the globe like the United States, Germany and China among many more.

She boldly claimed, “Today, I’m one of the top Malaysian NFT artists and on the journey to being verified by OpenSea.”