The Nine Most Innovative Crypto Artists of 2020

Thursday 31 December 2020, 2:07 AM AEST - 2 weeks ago

  • In 2020, crypto art based around non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has exploded.
  • NFT artworks have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • We've spoken to nine crypto artists are pushing the boundaries of blockchain technology.

One of the hottest stories of 2020 was the rise of artworks making use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Where once, the best digital art was the stuff that graced the boxes of video games, now—with the advent of cryptographic authentication—fine artists are using digital tools to create one of a kind, fascinating pieces.

Though we dont know much about art, we know what we like.

So we looked at dozens of the top crypto artists building programmable art, surrealist VR dreamscapes and digital stickers, and found nine crypto artists who we believe are pushing blockchain technology in the most innovative and artistic ways possible.

And we spoke to them—learned their thoughts, hopes, and fears, as artists whose lives depend on non-fungible tokens and the profligacy of often anonymous collectors, who are daily buying the stuff up at record prices.

The artists themselves are as unique as NFTs: They are as young as 17 and as old as 87, with origins ranging from obscure to world-famous. But to the burgeoning Internet-only world of crypto art they came, one by one, and took it by storm.

Location: Charleston, South Carolina.

Who: Digital artist and graphic designer, known for creating a Flying Lotus video and concert visuals for Nicki Minaj and Eminem.

Largest crypto sale: $2,238,235

Instagram followers: 1.7 million

If we were anointing one person as the big kahuna of the NFT art world, it would be this guy.

Mike Winkelman, AKA Beeple, made NFT history this month when he sold $582,000 of crypto art in five minutes flat, forming part of his $2,238,235 haul from selling a vast selection of crypto art over three days.

Winkelman built his 1.7 million-strong Instagram army by posting illustrations and animations each day for 13 years.

The Charleston, South Carolina-based graphic designer, best known for directing a Flying Lotus ...

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