Ethereum + NFT: “Golden Age” of Generative Art

Explore the world of generative art and how to use this opportunity.

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This work was sold for more than $400,000 a few hours ago.

Ethereum + NFT: "Golden Age" of Generative Art


How about this work?

Ethereum + NFT: "Golden Age" of Generative Art

Chromie Squiggly #4637

It sold for $275,000 last night.

These are just two examples of the recent boom in generative art, which is an art form that is generated by a computer through an algorithm.

In generative art, artists do not directly create works. Instead, they customized a computer algorithm to do it for them! “Although this has historically been a relatively niche area of ​​the art world, it has now become the focus because of Ethereum and NFT.

And people are going crazy for them (as we can see from the sales figures).

One of the projects leading this craze is Art Blocks. This is a platform where artists and collectors can create and purchase unique generative works of art.

The rise of this industry is very incredible. And almost all of this happened in less than a year.

There are many things to digest here. Fortunately, William, our resident NFT expert, understands his work.

Here is how to deal with the prosperity of generative art and how you can take advantage of this opportunity.


PS RSA has been out for a few days! I will take over when he is away?

How to treat Ethereum’s generative art boom

Ethereum’s NFT ecosystem has already blossomed in 2021, and one of the largest growth areas in this field so far this year is its generative art field.

This unbanked tactic will guide you through the history of this emerging field and contemporary developments based on Ethereum, so that you can understand all things about Ethereum + Generative Art.

  • Goal: Explore the field of generative art of Ethereum
  • Skills: simple to intermediate
  • Effort: 1 hour to familiarize yourself with relevant information

Return on investment: If the artwork you get will become more historically significant over time, just like any artwork, there may be considerable returns.

Ethereum’s generative art boom

If 2020 is the first outbreak year of DeFi, then 2021 will prove to be the first outbreak year of NFT.

Amid this surge of interest, a few categories have proven to be quite popular, such as collectibles, games, virtual worlds, and crypto art. When it comes to the last field, encryption art, there has been one market that has dominated in recent months: generative art.

The roots of generative art can be traced back to the 1960s and crossed the threshold of art and technology. Therefore, in the past, some artists criticized the creation of generative art as not “real art”, and some technical experts said that the field was “boring”.

With all due respect, I think this kind of chatter is completely nonsense. As long as creativity is deployed in interesting ways, this is art. And generative artists have long deployed creativity in innovative and noble ways. In my opinion, they can easily become one of the most interesting creators in the world in recent decades.

In summary, generative artists no longer need to take those opponents seriously.


Generative art is currently experiencing a “golden age” provided by Ethereum and NFT, which provide artists with unprecedented creative possibilities and unprecedented programmable distribution opportunities.

Ethereum + NFT: "Golden Age" of Generative Art

Tyler Hobbs on Fidenza #0, Art Blocks

What is generative art?

Generative art is algorithmic art, a computer-generated art form, whose works produce unique output through an algorithm customized by the artist.

In the context of Ethereum and NFT, generative art usually involves artists uploading customized art algorithms to smart contracts. When the collector calls the minting function on the above contract, the underlying algorithm will be triggered in a unique way, thereby generating a unique artwork output in the form of NFT.

Therefore, automation and disintermediation are prominent elements of the generation art scene of Ethereum. As accomplished generation artist and Ringers creator Dmitri Cherniak told Metaversal earlier this year.

“I like to say that’automation’ is my artistic medium. This project allowed me to realize my artistic vision from start to finish; from selling through smart contracts to generating art using unique transaction computing power, Javascript is stored in the browser. On the running chain, the goods are delivered using the tokens sent to the wallet. My’art’ is to ensure that someone can get an interesting and unique work without any human interaction.”

If you are just beginning to understand generative art and are eager to learn more, there are two articles written by art historian and crypto art pioneer Jason Bailey (aka Artnome), I personally think you must read whenever you have the opportunity. These two articles are:

1. “Why Love Generative Art?” – 2018年8月

2. “Autoglyphs, Generative Art Born On The Blockchain” – 2019年4月

Ethereum + NFT: "Golden Age" of Generative ArtAutoglyph #14 by Larva Labs

A brief history of generative encryption art

The full history of generative encryption art is beyond the scope of this article, but some of the main events so far you will want to remember are as follows:

  • CryptoPunks (June 2017) . The images of CryptoPunks were generated programmatically by Larva Labs off-chain, and have been given a sense of generated mystery ever since.
  • MoonCats (August 2017) . All the generation and data of the NFT collectible project generated on the first chain is completely driven by Ethereum.
  • CryptoArte (August 2018) . A generative art project to create works of art based on the Ethereum block.
  • Autoglyphs (April 2019) . Larva Lab’s first on-chain encryption art project.
  • BitsForAI (January 2020) . I describe myself as “generating 16-bit NFTs for future artificial intelligence art collectors”.
  • Chainfaces (January 2020) . The ASCII text face is generated on the chain created by Nate Alex.
  • Avastars (April 2020) . The avatar collection on the chain, its 12 “genes” are composed of generative vector art. 
  • Proof of Beauty (September 2020) . Similar to the aforementioned CryptoArte project, Proof of Beauty allows collectors to tokenize Ethereum transactions into unique generated works of art.
  • Squiggly (October 2020) : 100 works created by Nate Alex, composed of “randomly generated slashes completely on the chain”.
  • Art Blocks (November 2020) : Ethereum’s first art Dapp generated on the custom chain, tailored for artists and collectors.
  • EthBlockArt (January 2021) : Similar to CryptoArte and Proof of Beauty, allows users to create unique artworks based on Ethereum blocks.

Ethereum + NFT: "Golden Age" of Generative Art

Ringer #879, also known as “The Goose”, was created by Dmitri Cherniak through Art Blocks.

The boom of Art Blocks

The reason why I write this special article now is largely because of the meteor-like rise of Art Blocks in 2021. If CryptoPunks is an NFT event in 2017, then when it comes to 2021, Art Blocks will have a similar atmosphere. This is the kind of range we see here!

Why is there such a meteor-like rise? I personally think this is a “perfect storm” situation.

Art Blocks is led by some of the most talented people in the NFT field , such as Snowfro and Jeff Davis. The platform brings the most representative generative artists of our time, including Dmitri Cherniak and Tyler Hobbs. A passionate community has rapidly blossomed around this project.

The combination of these three has led to all the magical things we have seen recently.

In more detail, Art Blocks currently has three different branches:

  • Art Blocks Curated . These are generated art series carefully selected by the Art Blocks team, so in this sense, many people consider these works to be the essence of the Art Blocks universe.
  • Art Blocks Playground . Any artist who has worked on Art Blocks curated works can enter the Playground, which is a sandbox system that allows these artists to publish works without going through the “planning” process.
  • Art Blocks factory . Now there is a bottleneck effect, many artists are applying for Curated drop, so that the Art Blocks team can not quickly meet the needs of everyone. To solve this problem, we launched the “Factory” because it provides artists with more freedom, allowing them to publish “unofficial” Art Blocks projects.

How to create tokens on Art Blocks

To mint generative art on Art Blocks, you only need some ETH and a browser wallet like MetaMask.

But this is just a simple statement. A better answer is that Curated, Playground, and Factory all have their own schedules, so you must keep track of community communications to understand everything that happens.

In addition, there is another problem. During the launch of Art Blocks, many people were trying to mint coins, so that the gas of ETH was drastically increased to astronomical numbers. I don’t think anyone likes these “wars”, but on the other hand, they show that Art Blocks has found a serious product-market fit.

The good news is that Art Blocks has recently been experimenting with new delivery methods (such as Dutch auctions, in which the price of coins has steadily decreased over time) to help prevent major gas incidents. So far, the experiments have worked well.

Ultimately, if you decide to mint coins on Art Blocks, please make sure: 1) you are ready in time (mark your calendar!), and 2) you have some disposable ETH to mint coins.

Finally, don’t invest in NFTs with ETH that you can’t afford; that’s a one-way ticket that gets you into trouble. In addition, if you missed the decline of Art Blocks, but still want to join, you can always surf on the NFT secondary market, such as OpenSea.

Look to the future

Dapps like Art Blocks are ushering in a “golden age” of generative art on Ethereum. But even Art Blocks is not just a platform for generating art. For example, regarding video games, Art Blocks founder Snowfro recently commented:

“We are negotiating with a number of video game companies [……] I am promoting this concept [……] My permission to play a game can be to go to Art Blocks to buy a planet. Then I go to the game By connecting to MetaMask, I have the permission to play games because I have this planet. Next, I am going to colonize that planet, and someone will see me colonizing that planet on OpenSea.

They will bid on my planet because they don’t have time to colonize the planet I have spent 30 hours colonizing in the past few months. I would say, man, this is a pretty good offer. This is much more than what I paid, plus I really like playing games. So I get paid, do some interesting things, and then sell the planet. “

At the same time, you have to be patient and remember that Art Blocks has not even had its first birthday. It’s still early. 

The achievements of this project and the broader Ethereum generation art scene in recent months are incredible, and we are all just beginning to touch the surface of what is possible. For me, the future of art has never been more exciting than it is now, and I am not the only one who feels this way.


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