NFTs have been in troubled waters for the past few months, encountering turbulence from Wikipedia, which refuses toaffiliate these digital tokens to the field of art, and the brands that fear more counterfeiting, not to mention the Picasso family, which is torn about the digitalization of certain works of the painter (in particular around a ceramic bowl never revealed). But digital art continues to gain ground among creators, amateurs, and collectors. The rise of digital and 3D has allowed some visionaries to make their mark and build strong reputations as artists. Acumen presents three of them.
NFTs have been around since 2015, but it was really when Mike Winkelmann, aka Beeple, sold his work, entitled Everyday: the first 5,000 Days,at Christie’s on March 11, 2021 for a record $69 million that the rules of the game for this new art market changed. He became the first digital artist to gain worldwide recognition for his work, which he created over thirteen years and which consisted of producing a digital image every day and posting it on the Internet. He is now one of the three highest-selling, living artists, alongside Jeff Koons and David Hockney.
Freshly launched, Shane Fu defies the laws of physics with his 3D installations, as captivating as they are surreal. After two years of college, he decided to enter the world of digital art after he was blown away by the work of Beeple. His mathematical and computer skills allowed him to create works that blend with architecture and take over the facades of New York, his adopted city after leaving China, his native country. His work, both remarkable and disturbing, has been widely praised on social networks; undoubtedly the beginning of success for this young, talented artist.