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Many paintings, drawings, and sculptures have existed in the physical world since the beginning of art. As technology has progressed, so has the ability to create and experience art.

More and more artists are working, and many of their works are only pixels on a screen.

But, because we can’t grasp these works of art in our hands doesn’t make them any less valuable.

In fact, digital art is soon becoming one of our generation’s most valuable creative forms.

With the arrival of non-fungible tokens or NFTs, the art world is evolving.

The year 2021 has seen a surge in digital art sales.

with several well-known artists and corporations experimenting with new ways to sell their work via blockchain technology.

Crypto art is valued by even centuries-old auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

When artist Beeple sold a digital collage for $69 million at Christie’s, it was one of the first high-profile NFT art sales.

Sotheby’s Metaverse, an online marketplace for digital art collectors to bid on a selected collection of NFTs, was just launched.

It’s only natural to reflect on a year that has been monumental for NFTs, particularly in the art world.

But first, it’s crucial to understand what an NFT is.

What is an NFT?

The term “non-fungible token” refers to a token that is not fungible.

Their one-of-a-kind, non-transferable data units are kept on a secure digital ledger (blockchain).

They are certificates of authenticity in the sense that they each have their own encryption code that cannot be hacked.

An NFT keeps track of the digital artwork’s creator, market value, and ownership.

This allows you to confirm an NFT in the same way that you would a traditional painting.

NFTs have been around since 2015, but it wasn’t until 2020 that they became popular.

The crypto art business then took off in 2021. Continue reading to learn about the greatest NFT artists and projects for 2021.

Some of the Top NFT Artists and Projects of 2022

VHILS

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World-renowned street artist Vhils jumped into the NFT world this year with a project called The End of the Industrial Era.

They chose to turn his approach into a series of NFTs after becoming famous for his explosive art.

that transforms disintegrating façades into canvases for sad portraits of silent residents.

He chose to repurpose a derelict structure in Portugal into an ephemeral art installation using his unique technique.

Within two seconds, the building was blown up, a painting was revealed, and it imploded.

The entire event was recorded on camera and auctioned off on Nifty Gateway.

a digital art auction platform for non-fungible tokens that recently announced a collaboration with Sotheby’s.

ALEXA MEADE

Earlier this year

Artist Alexa Meade spoke with us about NFTs and the upcoming art revolution (through the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast). She’s staged other successful auctions since then. Meade has discovered a means to turn her body painting masterpieces into digital valuables for art collectors in this new digital era of auctioning. Her work was previously only accessible as physical, limited-edition picture prints, but thanks to NFTs, fans may now possess video art pieces that can be viewed in motion, just how the artist intended.

BREAKFAST

art. Onlookers can become a part of the art through their interactive displays.

They’ve now transformed a physical kinetic artwork called Longyearbyen Warming into an NFT. that aims to raise climate change awareness.

also donating a part of the proceeds to Teen Cancer America.

“What makes this NFT artwork distinctive is that. while it appears to be computer created, it is actually a video was taken of a kinetic artwork at a very crucial point in history—the COP26 climate change meeting. explains the artist and BREAKFAST co-director Zolty.

The NFT was sold for $85,000 hours after it was auctioned by ArtRepublic at Miami Art Week.

Hashmasks

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Hashmasks

Hashmasks is a virtual art gallery based on Ethereum that features 16,384 unique digital portraits created by 70 artists from all over the world. Buyers can personalize their photos by choosing from a variety of options such as character type, mask style, eye color, and other characteristics. “All Hashmasks are rare, but some are rarer than others,” the creators claim.

Hashmasks: Website | Twitter | OpenSea

FEWOCiOUS

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FEWoCIOUS

Victor Fewocious (simply known as FEWoCIOUS) is an 18-year-old American transgender artist who started doing digital art to escape boredom and isolation. At the age of 17, he sold his first painting, and within a year, he had sold a series of NFTs worth over $17 million. His work is mostly concerned with capturing glimpses of his personal recollections and sentiments about growing up.

FEWoCIOUS: 

John Orion Young (JOY WORLD)

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John Orion Young (JOY WORLD)

NFTs are animated figures and miniatures created by 3D artist John Orion Young. A series of “Joy” characters “handmade in virtual reality” is one of his collections. Each collectible NFT has a unique magical power and resembles a bizarre monster from another realm. The Persistence of Time, Young’s most recent NFT, depicts a slug-like monster “sliming through the cosmic cosmos on a thick slick of meta-melting-mucus.”

John Orion Young:

Blake Kathryn

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LA-based “I’m a 3D artist with weird, futuristic aesthetics,” says Blake Kathryn. Her brilliant color palettes and “ethereal undertones” distinguish her art, which frequently depicts feminine, robotic characters that look like they belong in a sci-fi film. Kathryn is one of the most well-known digital illustrators today, thanks to her NFT sales and commercial collaborations.

Blake Kathryn: 

CryptoPunks

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Some of the earliest examples of NFTs are CryptoPunks. They are a collection of 10,000 distinct pixel art characters created by Larva Labs, with evidence of ownership kept on the Ethereum blockchain. The majority of them resemble punkish humans, but there are a few unusual characters like apes, zombies, and aliens. The standard interface for non-fungible tokens (called ERC-721)—also known as deeds—that now powers the majority of the CryptoArt movement was inspired by CryptoPunks.

There are no two CryptoPunks alike, and on the Ethereum blockchain, each one may only be controlled by one individual at a time. Because all 10,000 CryptoPunks have been claimed, people are now bidding on or selling theirs.

The total amount of all CryptoPunk sales is currently 594.2k ETH ($1.69 billion), according to the Larva Labs website.

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