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Astana, Kazakhstan • 18 May 2023

Grammy Award Winner Ne-Yo Adds His Touch to Record-breaking World Painting

Presented in the Kazakh Pavilion of EXPO 2020 Dubai, the project has earned a worldwide acclaim

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Daut Shaikhislam and Ne-Yo
Daut Shaikhislam and Ne-Yo

American singer-songwriter and three-time Grammy award winner Ne-Yo has joined the international social art project World Painting, leaving his touch on the canvas painted by more than 2000 people from all over the world, QazMonitor reports.

First displayed in the Kazakh Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai, the World Painting is an art project that invites contemplation, immersing the audience in a mosaic of fragments created by people from different countries who contribute their drawings, symbols, and brushstrokes to express themselves and represent their land. The author of the painting Daut Shaikhislam emphasizes that the painting is "the canvas for unity and peace".

Painted by more than 2,020 people from over 193 countries around the world, the project has engaged visitors at the pavilion, including Hollywood actors and filmmakers, iconic musicians, world sports stars, public figures, and former presidents.

Adelina Kulyashkina of QazMonitor
Adelina Kulyashkina of QazMonitor

The project not only achieved the milestone of setting a Guinness World Record for the largest number of participants passing the brush, but it also holds a profound symbolic meaning. A copy of the painting was sent to the International Space Station, serving as visual proof that people from all walks of life, regardless of color, religion, or place of residence, share the dream of living on Earth in harmony and peace. This notion has manifested itself even in the design process, as the painting itself represents a scaled-down version of our planet, measuring 4 meters in length and 1.27 meters in width.

Throughout the years since its inception, numerous talented individuals, including renowned figures like British singer and member of the boy band Blue, Simon Webbe, French-Italian singer and supermodel Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Kazakh singer and multi-instrumentalist Dimash Kudaibergen, and American actor and Oscar and Emmy Award winner Riz Ahmed left their marks on the canvas.

The World Painting actively tours around the globe, bringing its message to all corners of our planet. This summer, the painting will be displayed in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and India.

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