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News/Top 23 Rising NFT Artists Shaping the Digital Art Scene in 2023

Top 23 Rising NFT Artists Shaping the Digital Art Scene in 2023

Van Thanh Le

Nov 30 2023

7 months ago5 minutes read
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The Revolution of NFT Art

Written by Van

Welcome to the future, a place where creativity and technology intermingle, disrupting traditional norms and setting new standards. Welcome to the world of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), a booming digital space where rising NFT artists are making waves, and famous NFT artists are becoming cultural icons. 

Today, we spotlight the top 23 trailblazers making a name for themselves in this brave new world.

Meet the Top 23 Rising NFT Artists in 2023

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Regarding the expansive universe of NFTs, we stumble upon a constellation of ingenious artists, carving their paths with each token they mint. Here are 23 trailblazing NFT artists of 2023, creating an array of breathtaking art, immersing audiences into their unique, vibrant worlds, and solidifying their place in the NFT cosmos.

Ready to explore the world of 23 rising NFT artists? Here's a table that lays out their most striking characteristics before we delve into the fascinating details of each creative mind.

Name Notable Artworks Style Social Media/Website
Jack Butcher Checks VV NFT collection, Checks Elements Geometric, bold primary colors, generative techniques Twitter
Ed Balloon Run Ed, Black Puppet Footwork Bold, eye-catching, stop-motion animations Twitter
Daniel Isles (Dirty Robot) The Art of Seasons, Inner Demons Colors, quirky characters, geometric shapes Twitter 1, Twitter 2
Grant Yun The Alien from Space series Neo-Precisionism, minimalism, nostalgia Website, Twitter
Guido Di Salle Sicilian Kiss, EXIF collection Bold photography, high-end fashion Website, Twitter
Sasha Stiles Technelegy, COMPLETION: When it’s just you Generative literature, AI-enhanced poetry Website, Twitter
Markus Magnusson Invisible Friends, Garbage Friends Playful, geometric shapes, tight color palette Twitter
Iman Europe Commitment Vibrant, bold, geometric forms, abstract vibes, music and tech exploration Twitter, TikTok
Beeple Everydays: The First 5000 Days Digital collage, pop art, provocative Twitter
Trevorjonesart (Trevor Jones) Bitcoin Angel, EthBoy Large-scale oil paintings, geometric shapes, bold colors Twitter, Website
FEWOCiOUS Nice to Meet You, I’m Mr. MiSUNDERSTOOD, Trefoil Flower NFT mint passes Depicts experiences as a transgender male, vibrant colors Twitter
Pak The Merge, The Fungible Simple shapes, bold colors, abstract concepts Twitter
Xcopy Right-Click and Save As Guy, Grifters Black-and-white, text-focused, dark undertones Twitter
Hackatao Queen of Silence, Imago, 2k2 a.C. Animated and still images, vibrant colors, funky geometric shapes Twitter, Website
Maddogjones REPLICATOR Cyberpunk, dystopian, nature and tech blend Twitter
Emonee LaRussa Collaborations with Kanye West and Lil Nas X Mesmerizing animations, vivid colors, bold lines Twitter
Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor STAY WEIRD Surreal, ethereal, stunning hues, dreamlike Twitter, Instagram
Snowfro Chromie Squiggles Bold colors, geometric shapes, randomness Twitter
Tylerxhobbs Fidenza Generative art, geometric shapes, eye-popping colors, clean lines Twitter, Website
GaryVee VeeFriends Vibrant colors, clean shapes, business and personal growth focus Twitter
Damien Hirst The Currency, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living Bold colors, graphic shapes, deep themes Twitter
Mattdesl Meridian Generative art, bright colors, geometric shapes, retro vibe Website
Dmitricherniak The Goose (Ringers collection) Simple geometric shapes, bold lines, retro or pixelated vibe Twitter

1. Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher, a rad British NFT artist born in 1986, creates dope geometric art that dives into deep topics like philosophy, psychology and leveling up oneself. His style stands out with its bold primary colors and cutting-edge generative techniques. 

After studying graphic design at the University of Brighton, he started his own kick-ass creative agency called Visualize Value in 2017 and turned to NFT art in 2022.

Renowned for the Checks VV NFT collection, Butcher exhibits the fusion of simplicity and depth. His new collection, Checks Elements, intriguingly inspects the classic four elements, auctioned at Christie's, thus showcasing his commercial design roots.

People are loving Jack's work – critics rave about it and collectors can't get enough. There's no doubt this guy will keep pumping out innovative and inspiring pieces for years to come! You can find him on Twitter @jackbutcher.

2. Ed Balloon

Ed Balloon is a dope artist recognized for his bold, eye-catching style and sick stop-motion animations. His art dives deep into topics like identity, race, and culture - specifically highlighting the lives of Black folks in the US. Ed slays stereotypes and boosts representation with his creative flair while keeping it real with humor and self-deprecation.

Some standout pieces to check out are "Run Ed," an NFT collection starring a black puppet exploring various scenes, or "Black Puppet Footwork," which is basically a party celebrating Black culture's strength. Plus, his all over social media pushing support for other talented Black artists! 

Born in NYC but getting into the NFT game since 2021, he stands up for diversity & inclusivity within the arts scene – plus hip-hop vibes, street art aesthetics & anime influences too. You can find him as @Ed_Balloon on Twitter.

3. Daniel Isles (Dirty Robot)

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Meet Daniel Isles, aka Dirty Robot - an insanely talented artist known for his eye-popping colors, quirky characters, and sleek geometric shapes. His artwork dives deep into topics like identity, technology, and what the future holds for us all. By keeping it simple with a limited color palette, he manages to create super cohesive and stunning pieces.

Ever heard of "The Art of Seasons"? It's this dope series of illustrations that capture the essence of each season in a whimsical way. And don't even get me started on "Inner Demons" - it's this intense self-portrait where he lays out all his personal battles right there on canvas.

Born in England but raised in Japan (cool mix, huh?), Isles jumped onto the NFT scene back in 2018. He uses his art as a platform to push for diversity and inclusion within the NFT world while drawing major inspo from Japanese culture, anime vibes, and epic video games moments we can all relate to.

Look for such an up-and-coming NFT artist to watch? Talk to him on Twitter @1SLES or @DirtyRobotWorks, and don't forget to have a look at his RENGA collection!

4. Grant Yun

Milwaukee's own Grant Yun is seriously shaking things up in the digital art world. This dude has been into art forever, and now he's diving headfirst into Web3 with nearly a decade of digital illustration experience under his belt.

His style? He calls it "Neo-Precisionism," which sounds super fancy, right? It blends elements from deep philosophical and religious theories from way back to the 1900s while also helping pave the way for what digital art will look like in this crazy futuristic world we're all living in.

When you check out Grant's work, expect minimalism with a hint of nostalgia – think retro vibes but make it fresh. And get this: one of his pieces called "The Alien" from his "Space" series sold for a whopping 136.9 ETH on July 28, 2022 (that’s $236,000 when converted)!

But here's where it gets even more impressive: the boy is studying medicine AND rocking it as an artist AND tearing up dance floors as a breakdancer who competes nationwide! Talk about multitasking! Just over two years ago he discovered NFTs and threw himself into that scene; since then, everything has gone faster than anyone could have guessed.

So keep your eyes peeled for Grant Yun because there’s no doubt that big things are coming his way—and ours too if we stay tuned to watch him redefine what digital art can be!

According to the information on his website, you can find him at @GrantYun2 on Twitter.

5. Guido Di Salle

Yo, meet Guido Di Salle - the badass NFT photography game-changer. Inspired by legends like Diane Arbus and Helmut Newton, this dude's got a crazy unique style with bold flashes and zero F's given. He's been in some high-end mags and is all about that NFT life on platforms like SuperRare.

Guido’s dropping his full collection of 1/1 NFTs to flex those mad photo skills even more. This guy knows it takes self-confidence and adaptability to chase your dreams, so he pushes other artists to go for it too! Behind all that talent, he still keeps things fun as everyone’s fave photog.

His sick NFT works (like "Sicilian Kiss") mix intense vibes with stylish peeps. In collections such as EXIF, Di Salle dives deep into how photos connect us humans – solidifying his rep in the wild world of NFTs.

Wanna keep up with him? Find his social media handles (like Twitter @GuidoDisalle) on his website!

6. Sasha Stiles

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Sasha Stiles is a kickass first-gen Kalmyk-American poet, artist, and AI researcher who's totally rocking the world of generative literature and language art. Her mind-blowing work blends poetry, art, code, AI vibes with digital humanities and web3 creativity to explore what being human means in this almost posthuman age.

Stiles penned the super rad poetry collection Technelegy (Black Spring Press Group, 2021), which became an "instant techno classic." Right Click Save even called her "maybe the top blockchain poet." You can find her dope creations on major platforms like fxhash, Quantum, SuperRare, Objkt, Foundation, Nifty Gateway, Artsy, and Infinite Objects.

In 2022, Sasha made history by becoming the first writer to bring AI-enhanced lit into a renowned auction house when Christie’s sold her poem “COMPLETION: When it’s just you.” She's also nabbed cool accolades like Future Art Award nominations for Forward Prize, the Pushcart Prize, Best of Net awards, and was named a finalist for Christopher Smart Prize and Palette Emerging Poet Prize.

Wanna learn more about Sasha? Check out her website and Twitter!

7. Markus Magnusson

Markus Magnusson is this super cool illustrator and motion designer who's got mad skills when it comes to creating playful and eye-catching art. He dives into topics like identity, technology, and what the future might look like. You can't help but be drawn in by his unique combo of geometric shapes and a tight color palette.

This guy has worked with some big names - we're talking Google, Sony, YouTube – yeah, he’s legit! One project that really stands out is "Invisible Friends," an NFT collection showcasing these animated characters dressed up in stylish outfits and rocking wild accessories.

Born in Sweden but raised in the USofA (talk about culture fusion!), Markus has been on this incredible journey through the world of art; always testing new ideas to push his boundaries further. His inspiration comes from video games (who doesn’t love those?), sci-fi stories (beam me up!) ,and anything futuristic.

But here's where it gets even better: Markus isn't just about making awesome art for himself or his clients. He wants diversity and inclusion within the NFT community to thrive too while using his creations as a force for good vibes all around.

Can't wait to know more about another collection of him - Garbage Friends? Head over to his Twitter!

8. Iman Europe

Iman Europe is this super dope artist with a vibrant, bold style full of eye-catching colors, cool shapes, and fun patterns. Her artwork usually features fierce female figures in fab poses surrounded by geometric forms and abstract vibes. 

She's killing it in the NFT music scene too – blending soul, R&B, and hip-hop like no other! You might've even heard her work on Snoop Dogg's NFT mix. As the Head of Artist Relations at, she's making waves for Web3 music and proving she's an absolute boss when it comes to being an NFT artist.

Her art dives deep into themes like identity, self-expression (yas queen!), and empowering women everywhere – all while exploring how art connects with technology and community. Some of her sickest creations include "Commitment." These have been shown off in exhibitions AND sold for mad cash!

Born & raised in Oakland Cali where creativity was basically part of her DNA - I mean seriously; mom’s a painter & dad’s a musician! It all started when she slayed as a graffiti artist before leveling up to digital art mastermind now conquering the NFT world! 

With roots from Africa along with serious love for both music & tech - Iman Europe knows what’s up when it comes to using her talent as fuel for positive change out there.

So yeah...keep your eyes on this brilliant girl 'cause she'll keep blowing our minds! Find her on TikTok and Twitter.

9. Beeple

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Beeple, aka Mike Winkelmann, is a seriously cool digital artist who's been blowing people's minds with his crazy and provocative art pieces. This dude has created a new piece of art every single day for the past 13 years – talk about dedication! Some of these artworks are straight-up funny while others can be pretty freaky or even grotesque.

Now, Beeple isn't your average artist; he sells his work as NFTs (non-fungible tokens), which means blockchain technology backs up their authenticity. You might have heard that one of his epic projects, "Everydays: The First 5000 Days," was sold at Christie's auction house for an insane $69 million!

His style is this wild mix of digital collage, pop art vibes, and in-your-face political commentary. He tackles topics like tech obsession we all know too well, consumerism taking over our lives and where humanity might end up in the future. 

It’s safe to say that Beeple has played a huge role in making digital art more popular than ever before by pushing boundaries on what it means to be an artist today.

Love his meme? Follow him on Twitter!

10. Trevorjonesart (Trevor Jones)

Trevor Jones is this dope Scottish artist who's been all about mixing art and tech for over 10 years. Back in 2012, peeps started noticing his sick large-scale oil paintings, and now he's crushing it selling NFT art.

Trevor got into the whole art thing like two decades ago when he was going through some rough times with depression. He took a foundation course before leveling up to get his Master's degree in Fine Art at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art back in 2003.

Sure, money was tight early on but that didn't stop TJ from doing his thing – creating killer artwork with bold colors, geometric shapes, and eye-catching lines. His pieces are inspired by everything from spirituality to technology to nature itself - think religious symbols mixed with computer stuff alongside scenes from Mother Earth.

Some of the coolest works he’s done include AR paintings "Bitcoin Angel" and "EthBoy." Born in London, Trevor gets ideas from growing up around religion as well as being influenced by bomb artists like Bosch himself along with Dalí and af Klint.

Nowadays you'll find him killing it as an NFT artist making jaw-dropping work that keeps people wanting more every time they see what new piece just dropped online! You can check out your man TJ on Twitter and website cause trust me; you don’t wanna miss out!


FEWOCiOUS, also known by his real name Victor Langlois, is a digital artist making waves in the queer crypto art scene. His NFT creations and paintings depict his experiences as a transgender male growing up in an abusive household, as described by Christie's.

At only 20 years old, FEWOCiOUS has already made a significant impact on the NFT world. He gained recognition for "Nice to Meet You, I’m Mr. MiSUNDERSTOOD," which broke sales records at Sotheby's in September 2021. The high demand for his work even caused Christie's website to crash—an event that solidified his status among major auction houses.

In April of this year, FEWOCiOUS surpassed previous achievements when Paint Drop NFTs for FEWOWORLD raked in an astonishing $20 million. Be sure not to miss out on what he’s got coming next—a collaboration with Adidas featuring 'Trefoil Flower' NFT mint passes!

Give him some support via Twitter @fewocious.

12. Pak

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There's this super mysterious artist called Pak who's been rocking the digital art and crypto world for over two decades. They're like a total boss when it comes to AI - they made Archillect, which is this dope AI that finds and shares some of the sickest visual media out there.

Pak has these NFT works that have gone absolutely viral: "The Merge" sold for a mind-blowing $91.8 million while "The Fungible Collection" went for $16.8 million in 2021 alone! Their style is all about simple shapes, bold colors, and messing with concepts like abstraction, infinity, and what reality even means.

This enigmatic artist draws inspiration from math (yeah seriously), philosophy, Eastern spirituality vibes – but we still don't know their true identity! Want to know more about "him" (or "them")? Have a look at this Twitter.

13. Xcopy

Xcopy, a mysterious digital artist based in London, has been making waves in the NFT art scene with his edgy and thought-provoking creations. Since 2018, he's been turning heads by associating NFTs with his artwork on platforms like SuperRare.

His pieces delve deep into themes of death, dystopia, and apathy using striking visuals such as flashing imagery and distorted loops. You'll often find Xcopy's work sporting a distinct black-and-white aesthetic that combines text-focused designs along with dark undertones reflecting humanity's potential demise through technology.

This enigmatic artist caught people's attention big time when he dropped "Right-Click and Save As Guy," an ironic response to critics who argue about NFT art being too accessible. The corresponding NFT for this piece sold for a jaw-dropping $7 million back in December 2021!

Drawing inspiration from legends like Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat; Xcopy continues to push boundaries within the digital realm while captivating audiences worldwide. 

One of his most iconic works is "Grifters." This powerful piece showcases all things quintessentially Xcopy - visually arresting graphics paired alongside poignant messages exploring our relationship with tech.

To stay updated on what this trailblazing artist is up to next or simply learn more about him – hit up his Twitter account!

14. Hackatao

Have you heard about Hackatao? They're this rad Italian artist duo that's been making waves in the Crypto Art NFT scene with their super cool and thought-provoking pieces. Their standout work "Queen of Silence" really put them on the map within the crypto community.

Their NFT piece Imago, 2k2 a.C., which fetched a jaw-dropping $932,285 price tag features a nude woman covered in words and illustrations – making quite the statement.

Their portfolio boasts an array of animated as well as still-image pieces following similar themes. But wait, there's more - they've got this wild piece called "'Kim Jong Un – "Dead and Alive" Edition," which sold for a mind-blowing $360,000! 

Their trademark style revolves around these crazy little creatures called Podmork. Imagine totemic critters with tons of charm that totally draw you in; yeah, that's what I'm talking about! With vibrant colors, funky geometric shapes, and playful vibes all over their art, Hackatao tackles big themes like technology, identity and what lies ahead for us all.

Honestly? Keep an eye out for these two because they're not slowing down anytime soon. Their dope artwork keeps turning heads and staying hot in demand among NFT collectors everywhere.

15. Maddogjones

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Maddogjones, aka Micah Dowbak, is this dope multidisciplinary artist living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His sick art pieces mix cyberpunk and dystopian vibes while exploring beauty, nature, and tech. 

Growing up surrounded by Canadian wilderness played a huge role in shaping his style – think Japanese animation meets sci-fi movies with a touch of Mother Nature.

His artwork "REPLICATOR" made everyone's jaw drop when it sold for an insane $4.144 million at Phillips back in 2021! That was the highest publicly sold artwork by a living artist at that time – wild!

Maddogjones' retro-futuristic aesthetic has got eye-catching colors paired with geometric shapes and bold lines. He taps into our nostalgia while also giving us glimpses into the world of technology and what goes on inside our minds.

With such diverse influences mixed together to create these mind-blowing concepts, there's no wonder Maddogjones is killing it in the NFT game – definitely worth keeping your eyes on – and drop him a follow on Twitter!

16. Emonee LaRussa

Emonee LaRussa is seriously killin' it as a dope motion graphics artist, known for her mesmerizing animations and next-level storytelling. She's the boss lady at Pamanama Studios LLC, heading up a talented squad of artists from all around the globe.

When she decided to dive into the NFT game, things got even more lit! She started collaborating with major musicians like Kanye West and Lil Nas X, which put her on the map as one of only three artists chosen to create NFTs celebrating the 64th Grammy Awards – pretty epic!

LaRussa's style slays with its vivid colors, bold lines, and fun patterns that tackle big ideas about identity, gender norms (or lack thereof), and pop culture. Plus? Total philanthropist vibes – she raised $50,000 to hook up underprivileged communities with computers and digital art programs.

Being a woman in this industry hasn't been an easy street for Emonee LaRussa but girl’s determination toward social justice keeps pushing her forward. And now? We can't wait to see what kind of magic she stirs up next in the ever-changing world of NFTs - keep up with her latest move on Twitter

17. Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor

Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor, a super talented illustrator from Bogotá, creates mind-blowing art with surreal vibes and eye-catching pops of color. Her digital masterpieces often showcase faces hidden by dazzling bursts, flower explosions, and mesmerizing swirls that seem to dive into the subjects' thoughts while taking over their surroundings. 

You could say her artwork is like stepping into an ethereal dream world filled with stunning hues and incredible attention to detail.

Going by the nickname 'alterlier,' this rad Colombian artist captures life's simple beauty in every piece she creates – it's no wonder people are obsessed with her work! If you're looking for some serious inspo or just want to add some unique flair to your space, head on over to Carolina's Instagram where you can explore her awe-inspiring portfolio and even score prints or merch featuring your fave designs.

One of the coolest things about Carolina? She isn't afraid to embrace her weird side! Just take a look at "STAY WEIRD," one of her unforgettable NFT pieces that perfectly showcases what makes this trailblazing artist so special.

More work from Carolina? Visit her Twitter and Instagram!

18. Snowfro

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Erick Calderon, aka Snowfro, is a total game changer in the non-fungible token (NFT) scene. As the brains behind Art Blocks and a force for generative art in NFTs, Snowfro's style is all about bold colors, funky geometric shapes, and unpredictable patterns that scream fun and imagination. 

He dives into concepts like randomness and creative potential to really push the boundaries of what NFTs can do.

Some of his sickest projects include "Chromie Squiggles," which raked in over $8,000 – not too shabby! With his background rooted in computer science, math skills for days, and mad love for art history; it's no wonder Snowfro has become such an NFT artist to watch.

19. Tylerxhobbs

Tyler Hobbs, an insanely talented generative NFT artist from Austin, Texas, brilliantly combines plotters, algorithms, coding and painting to create his unique masterpieces. He dives deep into the connection between tech stuff like computer software and the natural world we all live in. 

Taking cues from awesome painters (especially abstract expressionists) and soaking up inspiration from nature's beauty around him - that's Tyler's jam.

One of his super cool works is "Fidenza," which is made up of 999 crazy-dope algorithmic images on this thing called Art Blocks platform. These pieces show off how well he can fine-tune those art algorithms he loves so much! 

His style has got it all: geometric shapes for days, eye-popping colors you won't forget anytime soon and clean lines that make everything pop even more – plus a touch of humor if you look closely!

And let me tell ya about math concepts! Tyler goes nuts with chance & order when creating these stunning visuals. What’s more? In 2022, the guy partnered with Dandelion Wist to launch this sick QQL project everyone was dying to get their hands on – no surprise it sold out fast AND raised roughly $16.7 million during its primary sale!

Before becoming THE go-to name in NFT art (talk about a meteoric rise!), our man Tyler had some serious chops as both mathematician & software engineer–clearly paying off big time now with every hypnotizing piece he drops into the digital realm!

Earn him a follow on Twitter or have a look at his website.

20. GaryVee

Gary Vaynerchuk, aka GaryVee, is a powerhouse entrepreneur and the boss of VaynerX. In May 2021, he dropped his first NFT collection named VeeFriends - made up of 10,255 tokens! 

The whole point? To show how you can use NFT tech to bring value by offering access to exclusive events and building a strong community with real-life perks through smart contracts.

VeeFriends isn't your average project; it's all about characters that represent the badass traits Gary believes in and wants others to adopt too. It's like the ultimate guide for creating an epic NFT project if you've got an audience hooked on your content already.

GaryVee's style is vibrant with pops of color, clean shapes, and punchy text focused on biz stuff like marketing or personal growth. His art vibes come from being both a business guru and killer marketer himself.

21. Damien Hirst

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In 2021, Damien Hirst made waves in the NFT game with his dope project called "The Currency." Picture this: 10,000 unique hand-painted A4 sheets, each with its own digital twin as an NFT. These bad boys went for $2,000 apiece and put buyers in a tough spot – choose either the physical artwork or the tradable NFT because one of them's getting destroyed.

Hirst's art style? Think bold colors, sick graphic shapes, and deep themes about life, death, and what's real. You might've heard of some of his famous works like that crazy piece with a preserved shark called "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" or those trippy "Spot Paintings" that look like colorful paint splatters all over.

What shaped Hirst's artistic journey? He digs science (nerdy but cool), has a fascination with death (like goth vibes), and loves to push boundaries by challenging conventions. Gotta respect that hustle!

22. Mattdesl

Canadian artist Matt DesLauriers is making waves with his super cool generative art that perfectly blends creativity and coding. Living in the UK, his amazing piece "Meridian" really showcases what he's capable of creating. He's well-respected in the NFT community for helping out with open-source software and pushing boundaries in creative coding.

Matt's unique style stands out with its bright colors, geometric shapes, and slick lines. It gives off a retro vibe while also taking inspiration from childhood memories, pop culture faves—basically everything we love! 

Born in 1986 (what a year!) in London, England, he studied graphic design at the University of Westminster before setting off on an epic artistic adventure fueled by nostalgia and passion for all things visual.

So if you're into bold artwork that combines code-savvy skills with throwback vibes—and who isn't?—you've got to check out Matt DesLauriers' work. Scroll down his website for all links to his social media!

23. Dmitricherniak

Dmitri Cherniak is this dope artist with a unique style made up of simple geometric shapes, bold lines, and eye-catching colors. His art has got this retro or pixelated vibe to it and dives into topics like tech, consumerism, and what it means to be human. 

So there's this one piece he did called "The Goose" – part of his epic generative project Ringers – that's been blowing up in the NFT world.

Back in August 2021, Three Arrows Capital snagged it for almost $6 million. But guess what? It just sold again at Sotheby's Grails: Part II auction for $5.4 million in mid-June this year. 

That brings its total value to over a whopping $6.2 million! People seriously love the Ringers collection; owning one is basically like wearing a virtual badge of honor AND seems like an awesome investment if you're looking to get into generative NFT art scene.

NFTs Unleashed: Changing the Face of Art

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Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, represent a paradigm shift in the art world. They are not just another trend; they're transforming the very fabric of creativity, making art more accessible, and introducing a new form of ownership. 

At their core, NFTs are unique digital assets residing on a blockchain, often Ethereum, lending them a unique attribute of singularity and irreplaceability. This makes each piece of NFT art one-of-a-kind, with a verifiable digital signature, paving the way for cool NFT art and a unique NFT art style.

A defining moment that marked NFTs' entrance into the mainstream was when digital artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, auctioned his artwork "Everydays: The First 5000 Days" through Christie's. 

This piece was sold for an astounding $69 million, heralding the arrival of NFTs in the traditional art market. The impact of this event rippled throughout the art industry, driving artists and collectors to this revolutionary medium and inspiring the creation of innovative digital art. 

The Rising Popularity of NFT Artists

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The introduction of NFTs has been a game-changer, providing artists with a new platform for their work and a unique method of monetizing digital art. Notably, the promise of an attractive NFT artist salary has motivated countless artists to explore this avenue. 

Consider Beeple's meteoric rise: prior to his groundbreaking Christie's auction, he was a relatively unknown digital artist. His life transformed overnight when his piece sold for millions. 

Stories like Beeple's serve as a beacon for other artists, illuminating the path to potential fame and fortune in the digital art realm. 

This burgeoning space has attracted a plethora of talent, each striving to etch their mark in the annals of the NFT world. It's not merely about the potential for financial gain, though; the unprecedented freedom and boundless creative opportunities offered by NFTs are also drawing artists to the platform. 

As we delve into 2023, we're witnessing a wave of rising NFT artists taking the scene by storm, with their innovative art styles and audacious creative expressions. Their works are shaping the future of the digital art landscape, one pixel at a time.

What Makes a Good NFT Artist?

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The NFT art world is booming with cool NFT art pieces being created by various top NFT creators every day. So, what differentiates good NFT artists from the crowd? Here are some key attributes of successful and famous NFT artists:

  • Unique Artistic Niche: Top NFT artists fill a unique niche, offering distinct art style and setting themselves apart.
  • Significant NFT Sales: Successful NFT creators track record of substantial sales, shows their work's high value.
  • Active Community Engagement: Top NFT artists actively engage with the community and their social media followers.
  • Platform Presence: Good NFT artists display their work on popular platforms like OpenSea to boost visibility.
  • Consistent Release Schedule: Successful artists maintain a consistent release schedule, keeping audience anticipation high.
  • Technological Savvy: Top NFT creators have mastered blockchain technology, smart contracts, and NFT minting platforms.
  • Adaptability: Good NFT artists adapt and evolve with the ever-changing NFT market.
  • Ethical Awareness: They are aware of ethical issues in the NFT space and strive to address them.
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  • Innovation: The best NFT artists innovate, pushing digital art boundaries.
  • Resilience: Good artists withstand the NFT market's volatility without losing their artistic passion and creativity.
  • Vision: Rising NFT artists have a vision for their art and career, expressing something more than just sales.
  • Collaboration: Successful NFT artists often collaborate, producing unique and innovative art.
  • Storytelling: Many famous NFT artists use their work to tell stories or express ideas.
  • Authenticity: Those true to their vision and passion resonate with audiences, aiding long-term success.
  • Business Acumen: Understanding NFT business aspects, like pricing strategies and market trends, is beneficial.
  • Diversity: Artists bringing varied perspectives enrich the NFT space, appealing to diverse collectors.
  • Education and Sharing: NFT artists to watch educate about NFTs and share their knowledge, building reputation.
  • Patience: Success in the NFT world demands patience, persistence, and hard work from up-and-coming NFT artists.

Which Type of NFT Art Rakes in the Most Sales?

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Determining what type of NFT art sells the most is a dynamic process that evolves with trends, artist influence, and buyer preferences. However, certain factors contribute to what becomes most attractive in the NFT art world:

  • Story-driven Art: Art pieces by rising NFT artists that weave a compelling narrative often sell well.
  • Interactivity: Top NFT creators often make interactive art pieces that evolve with time or real-world events. These tend to gain more traction among buyers.
  • Utility-Enhanced Art: NFTs offering extra benefits, like exclusive content or real-world rewards, typically gain better market response.
  • Augmented Reality Art: Innovative NFT art pieces that integrate into AR landscapes add an appealing dimension for collectors, driving sales.
  • Physical-Digital Combos: Art pieces by top NFT artists that link to physical objects sell well due to their extra layer of authenticity.
  • Art by Influential Artists: NFT art by famous NFT artists or up and coming NFT artists with a robust community influences the sales. Their reputation can greatly affect the NFT's value.
  • Scarcity Tactics: Limited editions or series from famous NFT artists create urgency, triggering quicker and higher sales in the NFT market.
  • Environmental Friendly Art: As awareness of blockchain's environmental impact increases, NFT art traded on eco-friendly platforms can have an advantage.
  • Collaborative NFT Art: NFTs resulting from collaborations between artists or between an artist and a brand often generate buzz and sell more.
  • Innovative Mediums: Pieces created using new mediums such as generative art, voxel art, or AI-generated art by the top NFT creators often attract more attention and thus more sales. These elements effectively exhibit the artist's unique NFT art style, making their work stand out. 

Those interested in following potential NFT artists to watch or understanding how to increase their own NFT artist salary should consider these factors. After all, a particular art's saleability often boils down to its appeal to the audience – making cool NFT art a subjective yet influential aspect.

NFT Artists Transforming the Future

NFT Artists Transforming the Future

These remarkable rising NFT artists are doing more than just creating beautiful and intriguing works of art. They're challenging the status quo, redefining how we value creativity, and sparking a seismic shift in the broader art industry. 

Let's consider the unique vision of our aforementioned artist list. By choosing NFTs as their canvas, these artists have embraced a form of creative expression that is not bound by physical constraints. 

Each artwork they produce isn't just an image or animation; it's a bold declaration that the future of art is digital, decentralized, and deeply connected to blockchain technology.

For instance, Adidas is teaming up with digital artist FEWOCiOUS for a dope sneaker collab that you can get through an NFT redemption pass. They're all about the "art of play" and have created 4,500 editions of this cool NFT mint pass called "Trefoil Flower." 

Adidas ain't new to the game either; they've been making waves in the NFT space and even linked up with the top NFT collection Bored Ape Yacht Club before to create the "Into the Metaverse" collection.

FEWOCiOUS and many others' success stories are inspiring a new generation of up and coming NFT artists to explore this digital medium. They are pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the NFT space, encouraging experimentation with cool NFT art styles and concepts. 

Additionally, their work has the potential to influence the financial dynamics of the art world significantly. As blockchain technology becomes increasingly mainstream, the democratizing influence of NFTs on the art market is a trend that's only going to grow. 

The traditional art world gatekeepers are being bypassed, allowing artists to connect directly with their audience and earn fair compensation for their work. 

FAQ about NFT Artistry

Q: How to become an NFT artist?

A: Embarking on your journey to becoming an NFT artist? Here's your roadmap:

  1. Artistic Domain: Identify the creative niche that resonates with your artistic vision.
  2. Art Creation Method: Determine your preferred digital tools and techniques for crafting your unique NFT art.
  3. Art File Format: Get familiar with the digital file formats compatible with NFT marketplaces.
  4. Art Production: Bring your imagination to life! Craft your distinctive NFT artwork.
  5. Art Monetization: Venture into NFT marketplaces to showcase and monetize your digital masterpieces.
  6. Community Building: Engage with your audience, build a loyal fan base and foster a vibrant community around your art.
  7. NFT Community Participation: Actively engage in the global NFT community. Share insights, seek advice, and explore collaborations.
  8. Consistency: Stay true to your artistic style and maintain regular artwork releases.
  9. Marketing and Promotion: Amplify your visibility through strategic marketing efforts across social media platforms and NFT communities.

Q: How much do NFT artists make?

A: In the world of NFTs, artists' income varies significantly. As per Cryptonews, the average NFT artist earns around $21.77 per hour, with the average artwork being sold for $232. In the United States, the hourly rate stands at $19.91 on average. Moreover, artists typically receive a 10% royalty on any subsequent sales of their work. 

An average NFT sale might yield around $1000, but exceptional, unique creations can catapult artists into millionaire status. Remember, the value of your art correlates directly to the time, effort, and creativity invested in it.

Q: Where to find NFT artists?

A: There's a plethora of platforms for discovering NFT artists. Freelance websites like Fiverr and Upwork have a dedicated pool of NFT artists available for hire. Facebook groups also serve as rich platforms for artist discovery. Alternatively, delving into specific NFT projects on marketplaces like OpenSea can lead you to artists whose work aligns with your aesthetic preference.

Q: Can you sell physical art as NFTs?

A: Absolutely! The realm of NFTs is inclusive of both digital and physical art forms. Artists worldwide are leveraging blockchain's smart contracts to mint their physical artwork into NFTs, thus making the non-fungible marketplace more accessible to artists across diverse creative disciplines.

Q: How to turn physical art into NFTs?

A: Transforming your physical art into an NFT can be done in a few simple steps:

  1. Choosing your Digitalizing Approach: Decide on how your artwork will be represented digitally before the creation process begins.
  2. Digitize the Artwork: Capture a high-quality digital representation of your physical artwork suitable for uploading on an NFT marketplace.
  3. Mint the NFT: Create a unique digital asset on the blockchain, representing your artwork.

Conclusion: NFTs - The Future of Art

As we’ve seen, the rising NFT artists of today are the Van Goghs and Picassos of the future, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the digital realm and changing our very understanding of art. Their innovation and ingenuity, their willingness to venture into uncharted territories, are shaping a vibrant and exciting future for art in the age of NFTs. 

So, keep an eye on these talented creators and the fascinating world they inhabit. Who knows, the next masterpiece might just be a click away.

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