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‘Art intimidates a lot of people and that is what I want to change’: Actor Lisa Ray

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At 16, with her first paycheck, then an upcoming model, Lisa Ray went ahead and bought a painting to celebrate her brush with success. The relationship with art continued as she continues to remain an art aficionado through her long career as a model, actor, author, poet, activist, and several other identities that she has inculcated over the years. It is this long relationship with art which has now led to the launch of The Upside Down, an NFT marketplace spotlighting art and artists from Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Middle East to help open their work to the Web 3 audience which she has co-founded with Singapore-based art professional and collector, Ayesha Khan. She spoke to Business Today about her long and interesting journey with the arts.

BT: You never cease to surprise us with what you pick up to do. Your interest is varied and now you are making a fresh start with digital art and NFTs. How did one thing lead to other?
Lisa Ray:
To put things in context, my relationship with the arts is not new. I have been collecting art since age 18. I remember when I moved…

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