NFT art is booming thanks to the breathtaking possibilities it offers compared to traditional physical art. In this article, we’ll tell you about famous crypto artists who have managed to make a name for themselves thanks to their NFT creations.
If you have ever heard anything about NFT artists, you have most likely heard of Beeple. He is one of the wealthiest NFT creators in the crypto world and has greatly contributed to its mass promotion. In March 2021, Beeple’s collage Everydays: the First 5000 Days became the first non-fungible token to be sold at Christie’s.
The piece was auctioned for a whopping $69.4 million, making Beeple one of the top three most valuable living artists, according to the auction house.
Here’s another artist known long before the advent of NFTs. His real name is unknown, as the creator chooses to remain anonymous. One of his most successful works, Death Dip, sold for 1000 ETH ($1.7 million) in 2018.
In September 2021, Snoop Dogg purchased one of XCOPY’s works for $3.9 million, drawing even more attention to the NFT market.
Mad Dog Jones
Michah Dowbak’s (also known as Mad Dog Jones) started dabbling in digital art on Instagram back in 2017. In April 2021, his NFT called REPLICATOR was sold at the Phillips auction house for more than $4 million.
The work isn’t just a digital image of a photocopier: the NFT is programmed to generate new non-fungible tokens every 28 days until 19 unique images are produced. This goes to show that NFTs can be interactive, therefore being able to attract an audience an ordinary picture never could.
Victor Langlois (aka FEWOCiOUS) is a transgender creator whose works are based on his own soul-searching journey. In June 2021, the artist successfully closed his first auction at Christie’s. Each lot of the five-piece collection Hello, I’m Victor and This Is My Life contained both physical and NFT versions of the paintings.
In total, his works sold for more than $2.1 million, with Viktor being only 18 years old at the time. That was also the only time Christie’s website crashed moments after the auction was opened.
Welcome Pak, the creator of the most expensive crypto artwork in the world! In December 2021, his project The Merge auctioned off for $91.8 million on Nifty Gateway, setting a record for an artwork sold publicly by a living artist.
Whether Pak actually broke Beeple’s record is, however, debatable. Beeple’s NFT is a one-piece collage, while Pack’s artwork consists of 312,686 units of mass (single non-fungible tokens) purchased by 28,983 collectors.
NFT artists from Russia are still far from the level of acclaim their foreign colleagues have achieved, but they are definitely getting their foot in the door, and Pokras Lampas (Arseny Pyzhenkov) is a shining example of that. A renowned calligrapher and illustrator, he has worked with Fendi, Lamborghini, Nike, and many other world-famous brands. His NFT showing the projection of the artist’s drawing “Transition” on Chirkeyskaya HPP in the North Caucasus was bought for 16 ETH (or $28.9K at the time of sale) by an anonymous bidder.
The artist’s idea is quite original: his art piece painted on a real-life canvas was digitized, projected onto a power plant, and was then digitized once again to be sold as a token. The electricity generated by the power plant depicted in the photo was used to create this unusual NFT.