Chadwick Boseman has been immortalized as an NFT. And the special edition one-off artwork of the late actor was created with a very meaningful cause in mind.
The futuristic and surrealist tribute piece was created by artist Andre Oshea and depicts Boseman's head cast in gold, floating ethereally in an otherworldly space. The inspirational artwork will be auctioned on the NFT platform Rarible from Sunday, April 25 to Tuesday, April 27. And all proceeds from the sale will be donated to The Colon Cancer Foundation (CCF) to support their invaluable work.
Boseman tragically died in August 2020 from advanced-stage colon cancer, a diagnosis that he chose to keep private. Boseman's battle with the disease and tragic passing brought attention to the fact that colon cancer is a disease that disproportionally affects the Black community at increasingly young ages. In his honor, the NFT auction will support the CCF's continuing efforts to fight against colon cancer through research, advocacy, and education.
The striking artwork is also the first foray into the world of NFTs for “Hollywood’s Biggest Night.” The piece will be part of an “Everyone Wins'' Nominee Gift Bag, given to Oscar nominees at the ceremony this Sunday, April 25. Andre Oshea’s commemorative NFT artwork also coincides with Boseman’s posthumous Lead Actor Oscar nomination for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
For Oshea, on this special occasion, the artwork is also a celebration of Black creativity in cinema and art, and a salute to Boseman’s undeniable cross-generational influence as the first superhero of African descent, Black Panther. The artwork honors a boundary-breaking actor while ensuring that his tragic battle with colon cancer and ultimate passing wasn't in vain.