New renaissance nft

From American digital artist Mike Winklemann (aka ‘Beeple’), whose ‘Everydays’ collage of digital drawings sold for $69 million dollars at Christie’s last March to Seattle teenager Victor Langlois aka ‘FEWOCiOUS’ who has amassed a $26 million fortune as a collector, NFTs are everywhere. Even Melania Trump is going crypto with ‘Melania’s Vision’, a limited-edition watercolor of her eyes by French fashion artist Marc-Antoine Coulson: the January auction opened at close to €130,000 and though it failed to meet the target bid, certainly succeeded in drawing attention.

In Italy emergence of NFTs into the mainstream consciousness means that a Made in Italy crypto art renaissance is on the rise, engineered by trailblazing young Italian digital artists trading their works online with Ethereum, the blockchain on which the digital art market currently trades.

New renaissance nft

Digital Einstein is a realistic recreation of his namesake, embodying the great man’s personality and knowledge – multiplied by the power of conversational AI and powered by UneeQ’s digital human platform.

Maisie Williams x H&M

H&M has enlisted Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams for its debut on smash hit video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with a sustainability-themed island designed to promote the brand’s recently launched garment recycling machine Looop. The clothing brand will work with Williams and her avatar on several initiatives throughout the year to drive change in fashion in the virtual world and real life.On 13 April, players will be able to meet Williams on H&M Looop Island in the Nintendo Switch title, together with Pascal Brun, global sustainability manager at H&M.

However, they are now facing the same dilemma of creation and monetization.

Current dilemma: creation and monetization

Today, art and money are usually regarded as completely different or even taboo, but this is a historical anomaly. In the Middle Ages, art was not fundamentally integrated into the socio-economic system in a generative way. In other words, artists rely on elite politics and church power structures to allow art to be permitted in its content and dissemination.
During the Renaissance, art opened its doors to economics because patrons helped artists create wealth, but it was ultimately controlled by a small group of elites. Artists have used the new printing technique to gain a wider audience and further economic benefits. But nowadays, the opportunities that the crypto ecosystem brings to artists are an order of magnitude larger.

Every month going forward, we’ll also be curating a more intimate Next Up selection to provide a regular platform to up-and-comers across the space.

Without further ado, nft now’s 22 Next Up ones to watch in 2022.

Alpha Centauri Kid

After receiving a coveted XCOPY co-sign, Alpha Centauri Kid captivated the NFT space in October with his record-setting genesis auction on SuperRare for “ctrl + alt + generate.” The piece sold to 6529 for 165.29 ETH ($606,568) following a pitched bidding war involving leading collectors like Cozomo de’ Medici and Starry Night Capital. ACK recently made his major auction house debut in the nft now x Christie’s x OpenSea auction with a standout piece called “girl with balloon” that shockingly transformed into “pepe with balloon” upon its sale in Banksyesque fashion.

Italian art — and Italy in general — traditionally moves at a slow pace, and an artist could be working tirelessly on their art for decades and almost drawing their pension before they got to show a small collection in a local exhibition. But the world of NFTs moves with lightning speed. UK-based 3D and Motion Graphics artist Luca Viola makes the point perfectly: “Now, thanks to NFTs, artists can do what before was impossible for many people. It’s great to have this opportunity to create art that is alive and connects with the viewer.”

This is contemporary art with no limits, as Luca points out.
Some of the most popular Italian digital art artists featured on Cambi Auction House’s Dystopian Vision catalogue back in July 2021 are Cagliari-based 3D artist Paola Pinna, who explores self-identity in the metaverse with her blue-haired avatar Hidden Miki.

What did Christie’s auction and Rosenthal’s ideas suggest, and why did they ignite such enthusiasm in NFT circles and confusion in the art establishment?

This is not the first time that audiences have been confounded by novelty in works of art. During the 20th century alone, art transformed from object to environment to concept and idea. As a mirror and a record of what is valued, art evolves as culture evolves.

At its core, art is essentially a given culture placing value in its aesthetic choices. Today, art and technology have merged into NFTs—unique certificates of ownership that live on the blockchain and represent pieces of digital media.

The analogy between the European Renaissance and today is a layered narrative of cause and effect. Both histories begin with the emergence of two new technologies unwinding established power structures.

Much has been said, much has been written and covered about the renaissance, the period in European history marking the transition from the Middle Ages to modernity and covering the 15th and 16th centuries. What hasn’t been emphasised is the extent of the fundamental and cataclysmic changes the renaissance brought to the role the arts played in the sharing of information through art, that ultimately brought a new class that was able to participate in the economy. Fast forward a few centuries to the present day, artisans and the creators of art have become part of the very fabric of economic participation through the arts but things have digressed in that earning a feasible and honest living through art has locked the ordinary person out – thus creating an unsustainable environment, an elitist environment.

AI generative art platforms create on demand digital content that is stored immutably on the Ethereum blockchain.

Collectors can pick a style they like, pay for the work using crypto, and a randomly generated version of the content is created by an algorithm and sent to the collector’s Ethereum address. The resulting NFT might be a static image, 3D model, or interactive experience that is unique and exclusively owned by the collector in her crypto wallet.

Implementing inputs from the collector at the moment of minting such as her wallet address, gas price, block number, block timestamp, and transaction ID, allows the collector to be part of the creation process, each piece embodying a unique and irreplicable collaboration between artist, collector, and machine.



Jake Osmun, better known in the NFT space as JAKE, is a music photographer turned crypto artist who has seen continuous success in 2021. Having started out the year with little experience in NFTs, he began his deep dive into the space after winning Punk #5514 from Punk4156 via a Twitter contest. Although he was grinding for a good few months to establish a solid foothold in the space, his multimedia pieces have continued to earn him accolades from top-tier artists and collectors.
– LT

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Also from Naples, 3D Graphic Designer Teresa Manzo created the female desert avatar Model_TI22 inspired by the fragile nature of humanity, which she juxtaposed with feminine strength by using titanium accessories with billowing fabrics against a soft desert backdrop. Her partner Catelloo instead presented a single frame NFT, restore.asimov: a faceless android tending blue flowers displayed in bomb cases that appears to have been influenced by Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. These young artists, inspired by nature, science, anthropology, history, and technology, are reaching a wider audience than they might have ever been able to do otherwise and in the process are creating art for brands, developers, architects, museums, interior designers and studios around the world.

More importantly, this digital exchange is being driven by smart contracts, laying the foundation for a new kind of digital economy.

Essentially, NFTs are making digital assets valuable by classifying the originality and rarity of the asset — defining it as distinct from digital copies.

What is an NFT? An NFT (Non-Fungible Token) is a unique, immutable digitized, and encrypted token that is created and stored using blockchain technology. Therefore it is not owned or distributed by a tech company, but by digital content creators.

If you want to read a good primer on NFTs, I would recommend this article by OpenSea:

Today’s NFT use cases

Right now, the NFT space is booming with digital collectibles.

The landmark $999,999 sale not only helped illustrate how NFTs can help bring iconic artists into a new era of music culture, but also elevated Sinclair’s status as an ascendant star. – LT


Isaac Wright, better known by his moniker Drift, is a photographer who went viral over the past year after being arrested at gunpoint for climbing a skyscraper in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally a hobbyist urban explorer, Wright gained notoriety via his pictures atop buildings, bridges and other high-elevation places usually unreachable by a lone human.

While Wright’s Where My Vans Go photo series has become a highly coveted collection in the NFT space, his art has continued to earn him prosecution for trespassing.

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