An NFT project might offer a swarm of benefits, utilities and future promises, but the thing that plays the most important role in enticing enthusiasts is done by the art. As they say, first impression is the last impression, so the first look people get of an NFT project is the art. If the art is a bit dull or not good or pale, the audience will be filled with contempt. The art of the project is the condescending factor. Think of it as the project’s insignia. Moreover, the artist behind it must be skillful, talented and knowledgeable for the art to be assertive and magnificent. Artists are the backbone of art-focused NFT projects. There are many artists who have proven themselves to be at a much higher level than the others who manage to leave lasting effects and who have obviously earned by leaps and bounds. This article lists the top artists of 2022.
As we can expect from most top NFT artists, Pak remains anonymous. The artist also goes by the names Murat Pak and The Nothing. Pak has done a very good job of remaining anonymous as there is no one alive who knows anything about Pak. Is the artist a man or a woman or maybe a team? Is Pak even the name or is it just a pseudonym? Nobody knows. Pak’s art style revolves around simple geometric shapes that are generated programmatically.
Pak also chose a black annulus on a white background as a personal photo. The most intimidating thing about this artist is that the NFT collection known as “the Merge” culminated at $91.8 million on Nifty Gateway.
It was given the highest sales status by an existing artist. The collection is probably the strangest NFT collection out there. Before that, Pak has launched several NFT collections such as Cloud Moment Dark, X and more. Well, it doesn’t seem like the artist doesn’t want to reveal their identity and wishes to remain a mystery. Although no one knows about Pak, it can be said that Pak left the world shocked.
Beeple, the artist everyone knows. Beeple aka Mark Winklemann wowed everyone with his “Every Day: The First 5000 Days” because it sold at Christie’s auction for an insane price of $69 million.
This artwork exists as the combination of Beeple’s everyday work of 13 and a half years. The artwork gives off a pleasant look and all everyday artworks are combined in an unsynchronized way. This was enough to make Beeple one of the most prominent and high profile artists in the NFT field. Not only this, his “Crossroad” NFT was also sold for $66 thousand and then re-sold for $6.7 million.
At the moment, he is once again collaborating with Christies on the artwork known as “Human”. The “Human” is an astronaut who seems to wander into different types of terrain. For all its success, Beeple has noticed NFTs as a bubble about to burst.
Like Pak, XCOPY as an artist remains a mystery. All the masses know about this artist is that he lives in London. He is also one of the most influential artists and ranks among the top in terms of sales. The style he uses in his artwork is very unique and people can easily point out that this is the work of XCOPY.
The artist himself has described his artwork as “exploring death, dystopia and apathy through distorted visual loops.” That’s a very intimidating statement about someone’s artwork. Dark stuff aside, his art usually features cartoonish illustrations, usually with skulls, fire, and hallucinatory themes.
The comfort zone of XCOPY seems to be bright colors and hallucinatory designs. In terms of sales, XCOPY is not falling back. His artwork “A coin for the ferryman” sold for a whopping $6 million on SuperRare, Cozomo de’ Medici bought his “Some Asshole” for $3.86 million.
4. Mad Dog Jones
Michah Dowbak with his pseudonym Mad Dog Jones is one of the NFT artists who has taken the world by storm. He is a Canadian artist living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His most notable sale is his “REPLICATOR”, which sold for an unbelievable price of $4.4 million.
His style of artwork revolves around an aesthetically pleasing technological theme that gives off cyberpunk vibes. His artworks are very impressive and soothing to the eye to look at. The colors he uses are mainly neon and bright colors. His collection of NFT artwork “Crash + Burn” brought him into the limelight. He is a headliner of the first major NFT art exhibition at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.
5. Nyla Hayes
Who says young people don’t have the potential to influence the world with their talents. By young we mean very young. Nyla Hayes is a 13-year-old girl who has made millions from her art collection! She started drawing at the age of 4 and got the impulse of digital art at the age of 9 when she got a mobile phone and had huge success at the age of 12.
After being introduced to NFTs by her uncle, she immediately looked up how to make and sell them. Her NFT collection is called “Long Neckie”, which earned her about $3.4 million. “Long Neckie” shows women with long necks from different backgrounds and garlands in their heads.
She also had the opportunity to showcase her talents for Time magazine and was also awarded the “Time’s Artists in Residence” designation. She is also on the VeeCon artist list. In addition to being an artist, she is an inspiration to artists all over the world.
Victor Langlois aka FEWOCiOUS has managed to make a lasting impact in the NFT space. At just 17 years old, he has made an insane amount of $18 million from NFTs and his art collection “The Everlasting Beautiful” saw sales of $550 thousand. He is also the youngest artist to be promoted by Christies. An online auction called “Hello, I’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and This Is My Life” was held.
The auction included five digital and physical paintings. The artwork portrays Victor’s stories and the difficulties he faced when he came out as trans. He moved to Seattle after earning enough to live on his own. He is certainly an inspiration to other trans people as he also found confirmation by observing other successful trans people.
7. Isaac Wright
Issac Wright is the intrepid on this list. After retiring from the military, he fell into depression and PTSD. Fortunately, he found his utopia in the highest points of places he could get in his Vans. He exclaims that in climbing to high places he has found himself and what he wants to do. Every time he climbed the top of several buildings around NYC, he took a photo.
Although he fell into the hands of the police when he descended the Great American Tower in Cincinnati. His utopian activity of climbing eventually came to an end. After that, he got into the world of NFTs and started selling his photos as NFTs. His “Where My Vans Go” collection rose to fame early on and became one of the most popular NFT collections. One of his photos has reached the 7-figure value, $1.6 million to be exact. He hopes that one day artists will get the freedom they need and that world-changing arts will emerge.
8. Shay the Surrealist
Here is an artist with the art style defined in her pseudonym. The artist’s name is Shaylin Wallace and she is from Wilmington Delaware. As mentioned, her art form focuses on surrealism and her journey as a digital artist began in 2014. At the age of 22, she became a force to be reckoned with in the NFT space.
She has a knack for dealing with Adobe Photoshop and her NFT artworks also include such Photoshops. She is an expert at creating something fascinating and surreal from stock photos through photoshop. Her work includes women decorated with flowers, sunsets and various other fascinating images. Her work was also featured at the Ocean Decade Exhibition held at UNESCO’s headquarters. She has also worked with adobe, Netflix and many more. She encourages artists to create art for themselves rather than trying to appeal to the masses.
9. Leopoldo D’Angelo
Leopoldo D’Angelo or alias Danguiz is a 26-year-old artist from Italy. He found his originality in Synthwave and Cyberpunk art. He is interested in dystopian themes and retro-futuristic scenarios.
Its popularity contrasts with that of Pak and Beeple. His artwork includes illustrations similar to his interests, dystopian and futuristic themes accompanied by neon lights. By far, he has made about $5 million selling his artworks as NFTs and is one of the best selling artists in the NFT space.
He has worked for Adobe and Maserati. He has excited the world by revealing that he has big plans for the year 2022. He has also said that Beeple is one of his favorite artists.
10. Cath Simard
Cath Simard is a digital artist and also showcases her talent as a photographer. She is from Canada and has a very unique style of art and photography. More of a landscape photographer, her collection consists of impeccable work that will immediately captivate viewers. Her artworks as NFTs are sold for huge prices such as $300,000. As with any artist, she puts a lot of effort into her artwork and photos. Her photos are so good and contain such beautiful landscapes that it immediately becomes a rare piece of work. She is easily one of the top NFT performers.
Artistic is not something easy to do and takes years to achieve. The artists being discussed today have managed to gain a prominent position for themselves in the NFT space. All this is due to their hard work and stamina. They have sold their work for millions and not just for the money. It is their passion that they follow and serve as inspiration for thousands of hidden talents in the world.