Five Questions with CoinFest Art Auctioneer Paul Becker

Dec 19 2017, 9:39 am

A couple weeks back, Vancity Buzz wrote a story about the upcoming BitCoin Festival that is taking place in Vancouver on Saturday, February 15. Along with the ‘Coinfest 2014’ will have an Art and Trade show at the Vancouver English Center, which is located at 250 Smythe Street.

Vancouver’s CoinFest proudly presents a live auction hosted by Paul Becker, Director of Sales for Stewart Stephenson Modern Art Gallery. Featured artists at the auction include: Marcus Glenn the official artist for the 2014 Grammy Awards, Shepard Fairey the man behind “Obey Giant” and the iconic Obama “Hope” poster, Romero Britto, the official artist for the 2014 World Cup, Raymond Chow local pillar of the Vancouver art community and pioneering self-taught artist, Stewart Stephenson. Along with being the Director of Sales, Becker also runs the website

I had the opportunity to catch up with Mr. Becker and do a little ‘Five Questions’ with the man behind the CoinFest live auction.

1. How did you get involved with Vancouver’s CoinFest?

I was introduced to the CoinFest Art & Trade show through a friend of mine, Liza J. Lee.  Liza is an arts advocate and local marketer, here in Vancouver, and asked me if I would be interested in running a quick auction for the CoinFest event.  After a few discussions we agreed that it would be a complimentary experience for attendees of CoinFest.

2. What is a key misconception about Bitcoin’s?

A lot of people think BitCoin is a virtual currency strictly for speculation, however, I must say that as I become more and more familiar with BitCoin, the rate of growth and acceptance at businesses is absolutely astonishing.  From what I understand, Vancouver is a major hub for BitCoin transactions. Vancouver ranks number 2 in the world for businesses that accept BitCoin as a form of payment.  Not only that, Vancouver, recently had the first BitCoin ATM installed at a local coffee house.  Jer, this growth isn’t slowing down and I truly believe people should be open to learning more about BitCoin and other forms of barter currency such as Barter First Dollars and Seedstock.  Education is the main purpose of the CoinFest event.

3. How will this auction be run? Length, payment, amount of pieces, etc.

This art auction is different from any other because we will be accepting BitCoin as payment.  To my knowledge we are the first to do this in the world.  In addition, we will certainly accept Canadian dollars and the 3 big credit cards.

The auction is going to be a fun, fast and filled with energy.  Anyone can view the 30 artworks throughout the afternoon from noon to 3:00 pm.  The official preview starts at 2:30 pm and at 3:00 pm we will begin the auction, which will run for a total of 30 minutes.  I highly recommend people show up early to view the art, up close and personal, prior to the works going up to the auction block.

We are also proud to announce that every registered bidder has a chance to win an original painting by one of Canada’s leading contemporary artists, Stewart Stephenson.

Also, a quick note, all registered bidders must be 19 years of age or older.   We will be offering a complimentary glass of wine for registered bidders during the auction preview.

4. Can people who don’t know much about art get involved in the bidding?

Of course.  We have art for all levels of collectors.  All the art is 100% authentic and comes with a certificate of authenticity.  Some works will open at the auction as low as $5.  We do have several pieces for serious collectors as well, including original paintings by Stewart Stephenson, one of Vancouver’s most innovative artists, works by art world juggernauts, Romero Britto and Shepard Fairey, a magnificent canvas work by the 2014 Grammy Awards’ artist, Marcus Glenn and original photographs by the acclaimed movie director, Stanley Kubrick.

The auction will also showcase something very cool and unique.  We have a few original paintings created with de-circulated Canadian pennies by renowned artists such as, Raymond Chow, Bill Higginson, Olga Rybalko and Jaz Pawa.

5. Why should people come down to the Vancouver English Center to take part in this event?

The CoinFest event is a great place to learn about alternate currencies.  I am a believer in keeping up with the trends and not allowing them to pass you by.  Even if you have no intention on buying/trading in alternate currencies, I still feel it is important to be knowledgeable about them.

On top of that, we have an incredible, fun and exciting art auction.  We have great art, by great artists at exceptional value.

This truly is an event not to be missed. 

 *End of interview*

For more information on the BitCoin ‘CoinFest 2014’ make sure you check out the website,


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