SINGAPORE- When Italian artist Cristiano Pintaldi put up his one-of-a-kind painting for sale, it was snapped up by a Singaporean art collector for $82,000 in mere seconds.
The art piece, which measures 258cm by 138cm, was of an iconic landmark in Singapore - Marina Bay Sands (MBS).
Seeing an image of MBS, he was struck by its ingenuity. So Mr Pintaldi created the landmark - pixel by pixel, each of which is only about 1 sq cm - in a month.
The work is painstaking and it involves drawing outlines of an image on a black canvas and applying different masks for different colour layers.
The 44-year-old has garnered worldwide acclaim from participating in international art exhibitions, such as the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.
He is now in Singapore for his Asian debut to showcase his exhibition "Suspended Animations" at Gillman Barracks Block 6, which includes exhibits on a wide variety of genres.
Half of the art pieces are already sold, with prices ranging from $35,000 to $170,000. All 30 pieces will be distributed to their respective buyers once the exhibition ends.
From lightning striking the Eiffel Tower to an alien sighting, Mr Pintaldi looks for connections beyond the perceptible.