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Dapp Spotlight: Create Art for the Digital World on Ari Gallery

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  • Ari Gallery helps artists and creators around the world connect with collectors. 

  • For collectors, Ari Gallery’s mobile-first NFT Marketplace makes it easy and fun to discover, collect, and sell NFTs for digital art, as well as new physical products.

  • For creators, Ari Gallery is a seamless way to mint your own NFTs or start exploring the future of e-commerce with new “phygital” collectibles, all from the Valora app.

Disclaimer: The following article is for informational purposes only. It should not be taken as an endorsement, investment, tax, financial, or other advice. Ari Gallery is not built or maintained by Valora, nor does Valora receive any payment or other form of compensation from Ari Gallery. This article simply aims to provide an explanation of how many people around the world are using the Valora wallet to access and explore decentralized applications like Ari Gallery. As with any Web3 solution, you alone assume the sole responsibility of evaluating the merits and risks associated with using any third-party decentralized application.

What is Ari Gallery

Ari Gallery is an NFT Marketplace that allows the tokenization of physical and digital asset ownership, paving the way for new forms of tokenized access, commerce, royalties, and community ownership. By merging Web3 with traditional commerce, they’re giving local artists, creators, and communities around the world the power to transform their art into NFTs & digital collectibles.

Alex Rodriguez founded Ari Swap Corp in June of 2021 with a vision to create an impact through art.  Less than six months later, Ari Swap became one of the top 10 finalists pitching at the Celo Camp’s Start-Up Pathway - an eight-week incubation program for developers building on Celo.

In just six months, Alex grew Ari Swap from a vision, to one of Celo Camp’s top 10 finalists - to Ari Gallery, Celo’s first NFT marketplace. 

Now, Ari Gallery is a mobile-first application on a mission to create conditions of prosperity for all - by empowering local artists around the world to transform their art into NFTs and build financial independence. Since launching, they’ve partnered across the Celo ecosystem, working with decentralized applications like ImpactMarket, Ubeswap, and Flywallet to form exciting NFT-focused initiatives. 


What opportunity do you have with Ari Gallery as a collector?

If you’re a collector, Ari Gallery makes it easy to purchase NFTs - for digital art but also real-world goods. 

On Earth Day 2023, Ari Gallery launched a special Earth Day “Phygital” Token Gate collection - the first-ever token-gated launch in Celo’s history. The phygital tokens link NFTs with the right to purchase physical goods - like shoes, physical art, apparel, and more. And with built-in royalties, one dollar of each transaction goes to retiring carbon through CarbonPath and Toucan Protocol on Celo, with additional proceeds towards EthicHub, creating microloans for unbanked farmers.

What starts as art is then transformed into a real-world application, available for purchase by anyone using their Valora wallet.

What opportunity do you have with Ari Gallery as a creator?

With Ari Gallery, artists, creators, and communities - or anyone else! - can easily create and mint NFTs on Celo. Ari Gallery makes the minting process simple so that anyone can mint an NFT directly from their smartphone. And by setting built-in royalties, you can ensure that any purchase or resale of your NFT will automatically benefit the artist or any other organization you want. This automated royalty system can help artists around the world connect with collectors while building interesting incentives and regenerative finance applications directly in the NFTs. 

While NFTs have already helped visual and digital artists embrace new forms and incentive models for their art, Ari Gallery's phygital tokens now expand those applications, paving the way for any creator to link an NFT to ownership of an actual real-world good. They can then use these NFTs to crowdfund the creation of the goods, build a community, token-gate access to the items, or create interesting regenerative finance applications through automatic royalties attached to ownership. 

How to start browsing Ari Gallery using Valora

You can easily start exploring the Ari Gallery marketplace from your mobile device. First, make sure you have downloaded Valora.

Set up your account

  • Download Valora from the App or Google Play store.

  • Create a new account with your name and choose a unique pin.

  • Connect your account with your phone number.

  • Back up your recovery phrase. This step is important to ensure you can regain access to your funds if you lose or damage your phone.

Using an Android device:

  1. Visit the Valora dapps page from the top left drop-down menu.

  2. Tap “Ari Swap” to get started

  3. From the Ari Gallery home page, tap on the burger menu in the top right corner

  4. Tap “Connect”

  5. Tap “Connect Wallet”

  6. Select Valora

  7. Allow connection

  8. Submit your preferred username and add your email address

  9. Login to create your profile

  10. Start browsing NFTs!

You can find a video tutorial for how to create a profile, mint & sell an NFT using a Valora wallet and an Android device here.

Using an iOS device:

  1. Open Google Chrome browser

  2. Go to

  3. Tap on the burger menu in the top right corner

  4. Tap “Connect”

  5. Tap “Connect Wallet”

  6. Select Valora

  7. Allow connection

  8. Login to create your profile

  9. Start browsing NFTs! 

You find a video tutorial for connecting Ari Gallery with Valora on Google Chrome (for iOS devices) here.

👀 Don’t forget to view your NFT collection in Valora’s in-app NFT Viewer!

How to buy Ari NFT tokens using Valora

  1. Open Ari Swap 

  2. Tap on “Slay by IntoTheUbeverse” Collection

  3. Tap “Buy Now”

  4. Go to

  5. Scroll down and tap “Connect to Claim Promo” and connect your Valora wallet

  6. Verify ownership

  7. Your token is now verified

  8. “Apply discount” for 100% off

  9. Fill out your shipping info

  10.  Your limited-edition collection will arrive in your mailbox shortly!

You can find a “How to” tutorial for buying tokens here.

Using NFTs for Real-World Assets

If you want to see real-world use cases for crypto, Valora’s dapps page is the easiest way to access a growing list of the latest ReFi and DeFi applications - including NFT Marketplaces like Ari Gallery.

Creators now have the power to transform their artwork into real-world items listed on Celo blockchain.

Discover artists, browse collections, mint your own NFTs, or start exploring the future of e-commerce with Ari Gallery’s new “phygital” collectibles today, all from the Valora app. 

Stay tuned for what’s next! Follow @Valora and @ariexchange on Twitter to keep up with the latest updates.

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