CryptoArtNet Members at the Center of CryptoArt Innovation

A number of cryptoartists with CryptoArtNet listings have recently announced creative projects, many with other artists or cryptoart-related platforms. The following are example of such projects bringing innovation to cryptoart.

Bård Ionson

Lots happening at CADAF Online this weekend. Bård Ionson is introducing some innovative work including an update of his unique NFT packaging from 2019:

Bard Ionson CADAF Tweet

Gisel X Florez

Gisel X Florez continues her work with Bullionix creating “3D digital collectibles backed by real gold.”

Gisel X Florez Bullionix Tweet

Skipper Gemx

Skipper Gemx is up to something serious as he and his collaborators lay the “foundation of mixed reality assets as an nft.” It’s complicated but will clearly offer new options for cryptoartists including innovations for Decentraland users!


There’s an interesting connection building between cryptoartists and musicians, for example, this music video created by luluxXX in collaboration with Cazlab:

luluxXX Cazlab Music Video Tweet

Spaced Painter

Spaced Painter created the first 4K VRArt for NFTland as verified by such sources as KnownOrigin and

Spaced Painter 4K VRArt Tweet

Lucho Poletti

Lucho Poletti and ClayCastCrypto combined forces to create silver cast collectibles inspired by an NFT connecting virtual and physical worlds.

Lucho Poletti ClayCastCrypto Tweet

Fabin Rasheed

Let’s close on a meditative note with Fabin Rasheed’s multilayered project for Async Art that includes a new tool for interactive artmaking.

Async Art Fabin Rasheed Tweet

When I said innovation I meant innovation!

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CryptoArt News: CryptoArtNet Members Making Moves

Logo for CryptoArtNet - A colorful Letter CThis edition of CryptoArt News focuses on cryptoartists with CryptoArtNet listings. Last week we reached our goal of 100 Founding Artists a bit early. Originally expected by the end of June, new members kept on coming in and now we have a rich array of Artist listings where you can discover new cryptoartists and find out more about ones with which you’re familiar!

Nifty Pride – June 27th in Cryptovoxels

Early CryptoArtNet member BruceTheGoose is one of the organizers behind Nifty Pride, a LGBTQ event happening in Cryptovoxels to celebrate Pride 2020:

“Join us in Cryptovoxels as we host the metaverse’s first ever pride parade and afterparty. Grab a pride flag wearable, put on your gayest outfit, and march with us in celebration of individuality and freedom of choice as we parade through The Bronx before gathering in the North Tower for an epic after-party!”

Saturday, June 27th 2020 12pm UTC
North Tower
The Bronx, Cryptovoxels

Want to have your art displayed at the event? Here’s the Creator Submission form.

You can also Sponsor The Event!

Sparrow – Respect!

Sparrow, who may well be the most respected artist in the cryptoart game, dropped some knowledge in a discussion organized by the Blockchain Game Alliance on women in the blockchain industry.

“Making the space welcoming – to everyone – will mean we include everyone. And really, that is the path to wider adoption.”

“In art, in gaming, in blockchain, every one of us can make a difference by actively building a space where people feel like they belong & can contribute.”

She also appeared in a two part episode of Josie Bellini’s Behind the Art with Josie:

Behind the Art with Josie – Sparrow – Part 1 and Part 2

Matt Kane on Community

Matt Kane has made multiple recent appearances in cryptoart and NFT news media including an interview in NIFTIES with a powerful perspective on the potential of the cryptoart community:

“This community is a grand experiment with limitless potential to inspire and influence the outside world. The reality is that much of the world is sick right now and has been for some time; long before this virus. If we can show the world what a healthy and sustainable community looks like, it will go a long way toward mainstream adoption. People prefer to be healthy, want to be loved, want to be connected to inspiring people. We can be those people. We can become the model that makes the old model obsolete.”

Matt also appeared on Behind the Art with Josie Bellini:


Mlibty’s Fall of the Bureaucrats

JUΞRGΞN HOΞ₿ARŦH / Johvan Hartmann may not yet be on CryptoArtNet but he did recently write a review of Mlibty‘s Fall of the Bureaucrats exhibition in Cryptovoxels which took place in late May. The review appears in Hartmann’s new Medium publication for the NFT.ART project.

MLIBTY is also making his 2012 papertoy series available for free download:

Spaced Painter Setting Records on KnownOrigin

Spaced Painter was recently noted as KnownOrigin’s top selling artist of the week. It’s not the first record the artist’s set at KO including highest priced sale on KnownOrigin for a collaboration with CryptoSpectr.

Museum of Crypto Art has been a big collector of Spaced Painter’s work:


Spaced Painter is also participating in MakersPlace current TIME FOR CHANGE show in Cryptovoxels as is GALA MIRISSA:

You can find out more about Spaced Painter’s work at Cent where the artist discusses the pieces above and gives you a peek into what the artist’s thinking and how the artist’s working

Ferris Bullish at Cryptoartathon

Ferris Bullish is participating in this weekend’s Cryptoartathon, one of many events taking place in or with adjuncts in virtual worlds like Cryptovoxels

Sparrow, MLIBTY and Mr. Monk at Mintbase Launch Party

On Monday Mintbase has a launch party in Decentraland for artists including Sparrow, MLIBTY and Mr. Monk:

Multiple Artists in SuperRare Editorial

In May, cryptoart gallery/platform SuperRare launched SuperRare Editorial to provide an “open editorial space where artists, collectors, curators, critics and scholars share and discuss crypto art in a deep and meaningful way.”

Many of the early contributors include cryptoartists with listings on CryptoArtNet:

Reflections on the Purpose of Contemporary Digital Art by Yalo

Leaning into the Light by Matt Kane

Sparking Creativity By Bryan Brinkman

Cloud Hashes by Martin Lukas Ostachowski

SuperRare Editorial also profiled a number of artists in this weekend’s Crypto-Pop opening of the SuperRare Museum of Art in Decentraland. Participating CryptoArtNet artists include Bryan Brinkman, Fabiano Speziari and obxium.

Max Osiris Returns to SuperRare

Max Osiris is back on SuperRare. Congrats!

Let’s end on that touching note!

May CryptoArt News: It’s Raining Tokens!

Logo for CryptoArtNet - A colorful Letter CWelcome to the first edition of CryptoArtNet’s CryptoArt News Roundup. I start with acknowledging our own launch and then dive a bit into the growing social currency and personal token scene powered primarily by Roll. This isn’t limited to cryptoart and I stray a bit in covering the phenomenon.

Generally speaking it’s tough to focus on cryptoart news alone because it overlaps with a lot of developments. But I’ve mostly cut out cryptocollectibles including those cats and stars even though they are pretty darn relevant to the future of cryptoart markets.

I also managed to almost completely ignore the growing Decentraland/Cryptovoxels scene which is very important to cryptoart and is also quite hot right now. No disrespect intended!

Biggest News of the Month!

What’s newsworthy is a matter of perception. I saw one new art-oriented NFT marketplace announced widely this week in secondary crypto media outlets and it looked like it was basically a paid press release distro. The Block covered it but didn’t link to a site and I can’t find one nor a Twitter account so I’m treating is as not yet happening.

But CryptoArtNet launched this month and that’s big news to me!

I blogged about it on the CryptoArtNet blog with one of my typically prosaic headlines:
CryptoArtNet Launches Directory of Artists Making CryptoArt

Sacks of $CRAC

I also connected with Roll, which is powering a number of personal token releases at the moment, and CryptoArtNet now has its own social currency called CryptoArtCoin or $CRAC. This token is meant as incentive for signups and for promoting the site and will primarily be used to participate in monetization opportunities on the site. More on that topic in a month or so!

I wrote a number of versions of the $CRAC launch announcement that can be found on the CryptoArtNet blog, on Cent, on the CryptoArtNet Buy Me A Coffee page and in a press release.

Each one of these is a bit different and I’m probably going to write a couple more. Usually I post the same thing everywhere but I guess I’ve been on a roll this week, so to speak!

Screenshot of tweets

Are Social Currencies and Personal Tokens Securities?

The more I think about it, the more I’m concerned about how the SEC is going to view personal tokens and social currencies. I’m treating $CRAC as a utility token akin to loyalty points that can be exchanged for future services. That’s why I will not be involved with secondary market activity of any kind until I see how the SEC weighs in on this topic. But what about those tokens that literally offer shares in an individual’s future production of wealth and are already trading on Uniswap?

As with most legal questions, the answer is “it depends.” Aaron Wright shared some tweets on the topic (via Jake Chervinsky) from the perspective of personal tokens whose contracts are somewhat ambiguous and mostly about finding a “way to organize and incentivize a network around an individual, brand, group, etc.”

Wright initially mentions Alex Masmej’s $ALEX token which has been getting a lot of the attention as one that is “just meaningful between the parties in a purposefully amorphous way.” However, his initial perception was not the case, people informed him of that and he backpedaled on $ALEX which does look a lot like a security and may ultimately catch the attention of the SEC which is my biggest concern about such tokens.

WhaleShark.Pro Launches $WHALE

Noted cryptoart collector WhaleShark.Pro released a unique Roll token this month called $WHALE. It’s both a personal token, due to its partial reliance on the WhaleShark.Pro brand and community, and whatever you’d call an opportunity to buy shares in a basket of assets.

Cooper Turley’s piece for DeFi Rate has a nice overview.

While I wasn’t that surprised that $CRAC raised little interest from the media outlets I contacted, one would think the unique nature of the $WHALE offering would have generated more response. This is an innovative offering but WhaleShark.Pro’s celebrity seems to be primarily based in the cryptoart scene rather than the larger tech and media scene in which swim those releasing more highly visible personal tokens.

Then again $WHALE is backed by a bunch of art while the more media-worthy personal tokens are from young guys with bright futures aka the usual tech media darlings.

Ben Elliot: First at Being Ben Elliot

Influencer Artist Ben Elliot has announced a personal token pegged to his art career that will debut in either late 2020 or sometime in 2021.

Apparently he considered releasing it via Roll, which uses the Ethereum blockchain, and is now talking Stellar, which has its own blockchain. He’s also claiming a first though I doubt it will be a first of any kind by late 2020 except to have Elliot’s name attached. At least that gives him some time to release actual cryptoart!

Tokenized Cassette Tapes!

Wish I had more time to talk about $TAPE. Cool project and the coverage gets into what’s happening in the music scene a bit as well some news of Zora. Definitely worth checking out for artists making physical product:

Tokenized cassette tape by Grammy winner DJ RAC launches on new Ethereum-based marketplace Zora

How to buy $TAPE on Zora

Crypto Duo Hackatao on Nifty Gateway

Celebrity NFT platform Nifty Gateway included Hackatao in Drop 5. Blue chip former street artist Kenny Scharf also made the drop.

As Nifty Gateway notes, Hackatao are known as actual cryptoartists:
“Their involvement in the crypto art scene and their contribution to its community – one of the most remarkable and special aspects of the space – are crucial.”

Other cryptoartists to appear in recent Nifty Gateway drops include Twisted Vacancy, Coldie and Josie Bellini.

Of course, all artists releasing cryptoart can be considered cryptoartists. I’m not as interested in the celebrity space but I am hoping such activity will spur more mainstream adoption without undermining the grassroots community of cryptoartists. At least, not too much since that process is inevitable. Everything that’s happening to date is fairly predictable except for the personal token aspect though that’s already falling into a narrative arc.

Hackatao was also recently featured on Josie Bellini’s Behind the Art with Josie podcast on Twitch.

Josie’s been on a tear this month with all sorts of great artists including Skeenee, Coldie and Katy Arrington as well as Conlan from Async Art.

CryptoArt as a New Asset Class

Speaking of narrative arcs, we’re seeing more CryptoArt 101 coverage that recognizes a new asset class is emerging. Daniel Kuhn has a nice piece at Coindesk that uses Nifty Gateway as a jumping off point for a discussion of various aspects of the emerging market. Cryptoartists Max Osiris and Coldie both make brief appearances but the piece largely sidesteps the cryptoart community to focus on everybody else that’s getting in on the action.

Yonatan Ben Shiman of Virtual Humans tries to reframe the growing cryptoart movement as Virtual Art since that fits the site’s Virtual Influencer focus and business model. My only problem with the use of the word virtual is that it has become a stand-in for digital. The reality is cryptoart is not virtual. It’s real digital art. Beyond that, frame it however you need to make that money!

Speaking of Virtual, L’Atelier has a stylish and relevant report on the Virtual Economy. Much of it is about adjacent territory but it’s worth a look and definitely worth passing on as a form of legitimation for the space.

Turner Wright has a bit about the cryptoart market from the perspective of artist Vesa Kivinen. It would be nice if the piece linked out to Kivinen’s web presence however that’s an ongoing issue with crypto media outlets just like it is with mainstream and tech media outlets. But, hey, plenty of internal links to strengthen SEO!

So Much More CryptoArt News

Honestly, I’m running out of time for creating this post. That’s what I get for sharing my opinion and being good at gathering news. Here are some links out to various happenings from the month which has been quite rich. There’s much more of note that I don’t get to in this post.

Over at Cent

Hidden Gems – 2 including Art Reviews by Fabin Rasheed

BruceTheGoose is Rethinking The Goose Nest

Decentraland and Cryptovoxels

Introducing the Decentraland Content Creator Program

Open Sea and Decentraland Make The CoinDesk 50

There’s a Virtual Billboard/Cryptoart Convergence Happening – More on that next time!

Data News Announces “New Era”

Platforms and Galleries

Announcing InfiNFT!!! A Token Minting Platform with Images & Metadata on the Blockchain!!

infiNFT Alpha Artists including Giant Swan

Mintbase <> Arweave

MakersPlace + Grow Your Base

MakersPlace Introduces Collaboration (BETA)

Cargo Invites Everyone to Test Drive V2

Virtual Rare Art Festival

The Virtual Rare Art Festival involved a large number of cryptoartists including some with CryptoArtNet profiles:
Martin Lukas Ostachowski
Peter Bock
Gisel X
Matt Kane

Are you a cryptoartist? Get a free profile on CryptoArtNet! Plus $CRAC!!!