Dmitri Cherniak Facts

Dmitri Cherniak is a generative artist using algorithms to produce unique works of art. He is best known for his Ringers NFT project on Art Blocks inspired by strings and pegs.

Facts About Dmitri Cherniak

  • Dmitri Cherniak was born in Canada
  • As a child, Dmitri enjoyed doodling and drawing.
  • He drifted away from art as he got older, and pursued his interest in Math and Science.
  • He graduated high school without taking an Art credit. He regrets not taking more creative courses.
  • After attending McGill University in Montreal and obtaining a BSc in Physiology and Computer Science, he worked in New York’s financial industry.
  • His first art show was held at Heron Arts gallery in San Francisco and consisted of generative ASCII art based on Taylor Swift. Collectors could use Bitcoin to purchase the work. One of his pieces was purchased by one of the founders of Coinbase.
  • In early 2019, he was featured in an art show in New York (curated by Sofia Garcia) alongside fellow generative artist, Tyler Hobbs.
  • In 2019 Dmitri Cherniak minted his first NFT. It was for Jake Brukhman (founder of CoinFund) minted on OpenSea.
  • His artwork has been shown on the big screens in Shibuya, Tokyo.
  • Dmitri Cherniak’s Ringers was an Art Blocks generative art NFT project. The generative art was based on a string being wrapped around pegs. Variations included peg count, peg size, peg layout, colour additions, and the position of the wrapping string. The edition was limited to 1000, and Ringers sold out within 20 minutes.
  • He is focused on bringing generative art to a larger audience, and he wants to see one of his pieces in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Compared to coding in Solidity, where a small bug can create financial ruin, a bug in generative art can create unexpected levels of beauty. So throughout the process I have observed those bugs and turned them into features of the art.

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  • Dmitri Cherniak is a member of the Art Blocks Curation board, reviewing proposed Art Blocks projects. He says algorithmic diversity is important, and edition size should match the level of diversity.
  • In January 2022, Dmitri Cherniak started to give away NFTs to random wallets. He generated a new output from an algorithm, minted the work, and sent it to a random wallet address.

Whether acting as an artist, or engineer, I like to think of automation as my artistic medium.

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  • Another of his NFT drops was called The Eternal Pump. It sold out in less than 2 minutes.
  • He has expressed admiration for the work of Vera Molnar, a generative art pioneer, Manfred Mohr, Helena Sarin, and Jared Tarbell.
  • Ringers #109 sold on OpneSea for $7.1 million.
  • He has a Twitter account (@dmitricherniak) and an Instagram account (@dmitricherniak).
  • In 2020, Dmitri Cherniak gave out five grants to help increase inclusion and diversity in the field of generative art.