Luka Doncic Facts

Luka Doncic is a Slovenian basketball player who currently plays in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks.

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Facts About Luka Doncic

  • Luka Doncic’s name should properly be written as Luka Dončić.
  • He was born on 28th February 1999 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • He is 6′ 7″ (2.01 metres) tall.
  • His father, Saša Dončić, was a Slovenian Premier A-League basketball player, and later a basketball coach. His mother Mirjam Poterbin, was a beauty salon owner.
  • His parents divorced in 2008, and his mother was granted legal custody of their son.
  • Luka Doncic first touched a basketball when he was just 7 months old, and by the age of one, he was playing with a miniature hoop in his bedroom.
  • When he was seven years old, he played organized basketball against ten-year-olds.
  • Greek basketball player Vassilis Spanoulis was one of his earliest basketball heroes. He also admired the play of LeBron James.
  • At age 8, Doncic joined the Slovenian basketball team, Union Olimpija. His father played for the men’s team. Luka Doncic practiced with the under-14s team, but due to league rules, he was only allowed to take the flor in under-12 matches.
  • In 2011 Luka Doncic played for the under-14s in a tournament held in Budapest, Hungary. He was named MVP (Most Valuable Player), and his team finished as runners-up to FC Barcelona.
  • In 2012, he was loaned to the Real Madrid basketball team. He competed for the Spanish team in an under-14s competition, and he was again named tournament MVP.
  • In the final of an under-13s competition in 2012, he posted a triple-double with 54 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
  • Luka Doncic signed a 5-year contract with Real Madrid at the age of 13 in 2012.
  • He moved to Madrid, and he was named MVP of the Under-16 Spanish Championship.
  • By the 2014-15 season, he was playing with the Real Madridunder-18s team and the men’s reserve team.
  • He made his professional debut for Real Madrid on 30th April 2015. At 16 years, 2 months, and 2 days old, he was Real Madrid’s youngest ever player, and the third-youngest player in the history of the league (behind Ricky Rubio and Angel Rebolo).
  • In the 2015-16 season, Luka Doncic was a regular in the Real Madrid senior team., and in the 2016-17 season, he was named EuroLeague Rising Star, and received the ACB Best Young Player Award.
  • In 2016-17, Luka Doncic became the star player of the Real Madrid team. Real Madrid won the EuroLeague finals, and Luka Doncic was named EuroLeague Final Four MVP. He was also won the EuroLeague MVP award, becoming the youngest player to do so.
  • In June 2018, Luka Doncic was selected third in the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young.
  • He scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists in his NBA debut against the Phoenix Suns on 17th October 2018.
  • In his first NBA season, Luka Donic won the Rookie of the Year Award, was voted onto the 2019 Rising Star Team, was chosen for the All-Rookie First Team, became the youngest player in NBA history to record at least three triple-doubles, and became only the fifth player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in their rookie year.
  • During the 2019-20 season, Donic continued to set records. He became the Dallas Mavericks’ all-time triple-double leader, breaking the record of 21. He became the youngest player in NBA history to record a 30+ point, 20+ rebound, 10+ assist triple-double, and the second-youngest player to record a 40+ point triple-double. He was named to the All-NBA First Team, finished fourth in the MVP voting, and was an NBA All-Star starter for the first time.
  • In the 2020-21 season, Luka Doncic was once again selected to the All-NBA First Team.
  • Luka Doncic has represented Slovenia as both a junior and a senior player. In 2017, Slovenia won the EuroBasket tournament.
  • Luka Doncic was named MVP of the 2020 FIBA Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, at the 2020 Olympic Games (where Slovenia finished in fourth place), Luka Donic was selected to the FIBa All-Satr Five team as one o the five best players at the Olympics.
  • Doncic is good friends with his Slovenian teammate Goran Dragic.
  • He can speak four languages – Slovenian, Serbian, English, and Spanish.
  • In 2019, he signed an endorsement deal with Air Jordan.
  • Luka Doncic appeared on the cover of the NBA 2K22 videogame.
  • In 2021, a 2018-19 National Treasures Luka Doncic basketball card with an NBA logo game-used patch sold for $4.6 million.
  • He wears number 77 on his Dallas Mavericks jersey. At Real Madrid he wor number 7.
  • Luka Doncic’s godfather is Radoslav Nesterovic, a former NBA basketball player.
  • Luka has several tattoos, including a tiger motif on his left forearm.
  • Michael Jordan has described Luka Doncic as a ‘phenomenal player’, and Shaqille O’Neal has said he loves watching Luka play because ‘he is the true definition of a great player’.

Yoshitomo Nara Facts

Yoshitomo Nara is a Japanese artsist best known for his images of wide-eyed children. He also produces sculpture and installation artwork.

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Facts About Yoshitomo Nara

  • Yoshitomo Nara was born in 1959 in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.
  • He was the youngest of three children, and he spent much of his childhood in his own company.
  • As a child, Yoshitomo Nara liked to watch TV (especially cartoons such as Astro Boy, Gigantor, and Speed Racer), read comic books (both Japanese and American), and read fables by Aesop and fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm.

When you are a kid, you are too young to know you are lonely, sad, and upset. Now I know I was.

Yoshitomo Nara
  • Through the 1960s and 1970s, he also enjoyed listening to Western music on the Far East Network American military radio station.
  • As a teenager, Yoshitomo Nara moved to Tokyo.
  • From 1979 to 1981, he studied at the Musashino Art University.
  • When he was 21, he moved to Nagoya to study Fine Art at the Aichi University of the Arts.
  • From 1988 to 1993, when he was in his late 20s, Yoshimoto Nara attended Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in Germany. He studied under the Neo-Impressionist artist A. R. Penck.
  • He produced the art for a poster for the Swedish film Letta Leaves Home.
  • In the 1990s, he produced art work for the The Star Club (a Japanese punk band) and Shonen Knife, and he collaborated on a book project with the author Banana Yoshimoto.
  • He has gone on to create album artwork for lots of bands and artists, including REM, Matthew Sweet, AlasNoAxis, Day & Taxi, and Tiki Tiki Bamboos.
  • According to photographer Mie Moimoto, Yoshitomo Nara plays loud punk rock music as he creates his art, and works whenever he feels like it.
  • After graduating, Yoshitomo Nara moved to Cologne, and he began to develop his unique style by making scrawled cartoon drawings of children and dogs, combining elements from Japanese and Western pop culture.
  • In 1995 he secured a solo exhibition at LA’s Bathhouse gallery. The work he showed was made up of cartoonish portraits of young people and combined the themes of childhood loneliness, alienation, anxiety, and rebellion.
  • After returning from Germany in 2000, Yoshitomo Nara began to refine his style, blending manga and comic book influences with images influenced by traditional Japanese woodblock prints.
  • He became associated with the Superflat art movement spearheaded by Takashi Murakami, although Nara’s work was less obviously focused on consumerism.
  • A show at the Yokohama Museum of Art called I Don’t Mind If You Forget Me brought together all of the works he’d produced in the 1990s. It included paintings, drawings, and stuffed animals.
  • Over his career, Yoshitomo Nara has taken a multi-disciplinary approach to making art, and he has produced paintings, drawings, photography, and sculptures (in bronze, ceramics, and plastic).
  • He currently lives in Nasushiobara, a small city about 90 miles north of Tokyo, Japan.

If I can explain it in words, then I don’t think there’s any need to make it into a picture.

Yoshitomo Nara
  • Although the children in Yoshitomo’s work can seem cute or innocent at first glance, they are often shown to be possessing feelings of angst or are made to look menacing by their expressions, their pose, or what they are doing in the painting.
  • His first New York exhibition took place at the Asia Society and was called Nobody’s Fool. It was made up of more than 100 works (paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations).
  • Yoshitomo Nara was disturbed by the 2011 earthquake at Fukushima. He visited the devasted areas numerous times.
  • His work has been shown in cities all over the world, including Koln, Tokyo, Santa Monica, Amsterdam, Nagoya, Berlin, London, New York, Cleveland, and Chicago.
  • He enjoys listening to the music of The Star Club and Neil Young.
  • Characters on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show and the Dawson’s Creek TV show have worn T-shirts showing Nara’s artwork.
  • He admires the way that the artists Henri Matisse was able to evolve during his career.
  • Yoshitomo Nara produced a book for children called The Lonesome Puppy.
  • He usually wears jeans, band T-shirts, and hoodies.
  • His favourite musicians and bands include: Bob Dylan, the Ramones, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Clash, Nick Cave, Nirvana, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, and the Beastie Boys.
  • In 2019, Yoshitomo’s Knife Behind Back (2000) sold for $25 million at auction in Hong Kong.

I don’t paint when I’m happy. I only paint when I am angry, lonely, sad, when I am able to talk the work.

Yoshitomo Nara

Ann M. Martin Facts

Who is Ann M. Martin?

Ann M. Martin is a writer of children’s books, best known for writing and developing The Baby-Sitters Club novel series.

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Facts About Ann M. Martin?

  • Ann M. Martin was born in Princeton, New Jersey, US, in 1955.
  • The M in her name stands for Matthews.
  • Her father was a cartoonist and her mother was a preschool teacher.
  • She was a keen reader as a child. Some of her favourite authors were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl.
  • She also enjoyed riding horses, but she didn’t continue this hobby as an adult.
  • From a young age, Ann M. Martin loved creative writing, and she spent much of her free time writing in notebooks.
  • English and French were her favourite subjects at school, but she didn’t enjoy math lessons.

I think reading is a gift. It was a gift that was given to me as a child by many people, and now as an adult and a writer, I’m trying to give a little of it back to others. It’s one of the greatest pleasures I know.

Ann M. Martin
  • As a teenager, Ann M. Martin worked her summers at Eden Institute, a school for children with autism.
  • From 1973 to 1977, she studied Early-Childhood Education and Child Psychology at Smith College, Massachusetts.
  • After graduating, Ann M. Martin worked as a spit fourth and fifth-grade teacher at a school in Connecticut.
  • Ann M. Martin decided to leave the teaching profession, and she began a career in the publishing industry, working as an editor for several children’s book publishers, such as Scholastic and Pocket Books.
  • Bummer Summer (1983) was the first of her books to be published, and it received a Children’s Choice Award in 1985.
  • Ann M. Martin began writing The Baby-Sitters Club series in 1985. She wrote the first 35 books in the main series, before handing over the writing duties to a team of Scholastic ghostwriters. She also wrote about 65 books for the spin-off series.
  • Since then, she has concentrated on writing standalone novels, such as A Corner of the Universe.
  • In 2010, Ann M. Martin published The Summer Before, a prequel to the books in The Baby-Sitters Club series.
  • The Ann M. Martin Foundation provides financial support to art, educational, and literacy programs. It also contributes funds to programs to support stray and abused animals.
  • In addition to the books in The Baby-Sitters Club series, Ann M. Martin has written more than 25 other novels.
  • She enjoys going on long walks, watching episodes of old TV shows (especially I Love Lucy), and making children’s clothes.
  • The Perkins girls from The Baby-Sitters Club books are based on Ann M. Martin’s goddaughters.
  • Her father illustrated The Baby-Sitters Club Super Special book called New York, New York.
  • When she was writing the first The Baby-Sitters Club book there were only going to be four books in the series. There are now more than 130 books in the main series.
  • The first ten The Baby-Sitters Club books were adapted for TV as a Netflix series.
  • She enjoys visiting the beach, eating ice cream, sewing, and reading.
  • She has had several pet cats, including Ollie, Pippen, Mouse, Rosie, and Gussie.
  • Many Ann M. Martin’s first drafts and outlines have been donated to Smith College.
  • Her favorite character in The Baby-Sitters Club series is Kristy, but she thinks she is most like Mary Anne.
  • Ann M. Martin enjoys listening to mystery audiobooks, and she likes Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series and books written by Stephen King.
  • When she was asked about what The Baby-Sitters Club characters would be doing as adults, Ann M. Martin said that Kristy would be a CEO of a company, Claudia would be an artist, and Stacey would be involved in the New York City fashion scene. She didn’t say what she thought Mary Anne would go on to do.
  • Some of her favourite children’s books include The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, the Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond, Frank L. Baum’s Wizard of Oz books, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, the Beatrix Potter books, and the Babar books by Jean de Brunhoff.
  • Since 2019, The Baby-Sitter’s Club books have been turned into graphic novels. Raina Telgemeier and Gale Galligan are the illustrators attached to the project.

Eric Joyner Facts

Who is Eric Joyner?

Eric Joyner is an American artist, best known for his oil paintings featuring toy robots and donuts. His playful nostalgic work draws is inspired by vintage pop culture.

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Facts About Eric Joyner

  • Eric Joyner was born 1960 in San Mateo, California, US.
  • He grew up in California, and in Medford, Oregon.
  • As a child, he enjoyed reading comics, particularly Mad, Creepy, and Eerie. He also liked reading newspaper comic strips.
  • He has four siblings.
  • He took painting lessons with his sister at the local recreation centre, and was impressed by an exhibition of Vincent Van Gogh paintings at San Franciso’s de Young Museum.
  • When he was in 4th grade, one of his pictures (inspired by the work of Picasso) was chosen to be exhibited in a travelling art show.
  • In the 1980s, Eric Joyner attended San Francisco’s Academy of Art. He was taught by Francis Livingstone, Bill Sanchez, Robert Hunt, and Kazuhiko Sano.
  • After graduating, he worked as a commercial illustrator and joined the San Franciso Society of Illustrators. Some of his work involved creating artworks for videogame packaging. He created the cover art for several games including Realm of Impossibility, Archon II: Adept, and Tales of the Unkown Volume I: The Bard’s Tale.
  • He also worked for advertising agencies, card companies, and publishers of educational books and resources.
  • In 2000, he decided to concentrate on painting things he liked. He began four series of paintings, each focused on a different theme – the city of San Francisco, Japanese-style tin robots, newspaper cartoons, and Mexican masks.
  • Robots proved to be the most popular of the four elements, and, inspired by the movie Pleasantville in which the Jeff Daniels character paints a still-life of donuts, and influenced by the artist Wayne Thiebaud who paints pastries, Eric Joyner introduced donuts into his own work. Donuts are often depicted as the nemesis of the robots.
  • He collects vintage toy robots and spaceships, and owns more than 300 pieces.
  • George Lucas (the creator of Star Wars) is a big fan of Eric Joyner’s work, and he owns several of his paintings. So is the director JJ Abrams.
  • Eric Joyner’s paintings have appeared as part of the set of The Big Bang Theory TV show.
  • The Ben Fold Five album The Sound of the Life of the Mind (2012) features artwork by Eric Joyner.
  • He has named Degas, Manet, Monet, Grant Wood, Dean Cornwell, David Hockney, JC Leyendecker, NC Wyeth, F Frazetta, Norman Rockwell and Vincent Van Gogh as some of his influences.
  • He enjoyed reading Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell, and he loves old literature.
  • His three favourite types of donuts are apple fritters, French Crullers, and a simple glazed donut.
  • He enjoys playing ping pong and pool.
  • His three favourite movies are War of the Worlds (the George Pal version), Robinson Crusoe on Mars, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • He enjoys collecting art, and he owns works by Shawn Barber, Lou Lima, Francis Livingstone, El Coro, Terry Hoff, Kim Cogan, Jennifer Hansen, Derek Lynch, Jane Kim, Jessica Hess, and Kevin Keul.
  • He has a studio in Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco.

What is Eric Joyner’s creative process?

Once he’s come up with the concept for a painting, Eric Joyner takes photos of some robot toys from his collection and produces some sketches. He paints on a baltic birch board covered with gesso. He used to under-paint with acrylic paints and then use oil paints on top, but now he uses just il pain, working from dark to light and background to foreground. About two weeks after the work is completed, the painting is varnished.

He is able to produce approximately 20 paintings every year.

His art style is sometimes referred to as Pop Surrealism.

Eric Joyner has an Instagram account and a Twitter account.

B. B. Alston Facts

B. B. Alston is an author of children’s books. He is best known for Amari and the Night Brothers.

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Facts About B. B. Alston

  • B. B. Alston began writing in middle school. He used to write horror stories and read them to his friends.
  • His family didn’t have much money when he was growing up.
  • B. B. Alston’s debut novel was Amari and the Night Brothers.
  • He enjoys eating sweets and candy and exploring country roads.
  • Amari and the Night Brothers has been adapted for the screen with Don Cheadle as producer.
  • He stopped writing stories in high school and this break continued into his twenties.
  • Reading the Harry Potter books reminded him of why he’d loved stories as a child, and he started writing again soon after.
  • He is a big fan of the Men in Black movies.
  • Some of the authors B. B. Alston admires include Jessica Townsend, Nic Stone, and Angie Thomas.
  • As a child, he enjoyed Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Mrs Frisby the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.
  • He was inspired to start writing a novel by the success of the Twilight books.
  • He studied Pre-Med at college and was about to start the process of applying to Medical School when he secured a book agent via Twitter.
  • B. B. Alston lives in Lexington in South Carolina, US.
  • His writing process involves writing a zero draft – a simple outline of the book which only includes the book’s main plot points and story beats. He keeps adding details with each subsequent draft.

I’m always asking myself “What-if” questions when I write, and my stories kind of spring up from the answers to those questions.

B. B. Alston
  • B. B. Alston’s favourite part of the writing process is creating the world. His least favourite part is cutting words he has written during his editing and revisions.
  • He would love to have the ability to teleport.
  • He listens to a wide variety of music, and he enjoys Maroon 5, Rapsody, Drake and BTS.
  • He is a fast reader, but he also enjoys listening to audiobooks in his car.
  • Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings books, and Katniss from The Hunger Games trilogy are his favorite book characters.
  • He is a big admirer of J. R. R Tolkien, Maya Angelou, and Rick Riordan.
  • Amari from the Amari and the Night Brothers is based on B. B. Alston and the children he grew up with. He wanted to write a fantasy book for children with a black main character as he couldn’t find any when he was growing up.
  • The Bureau of Supernatural Affairs summer camp in the Amari and the Night Brothers book is inspired by Hogwarts (from the Harry Potter books) and Camp Half-Blood (from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books).

It scared me to write a black kid in a fantasy book because I had never seen it before. But it also thrilled me because I was writing about myself and the kids I grew up with.

B. B. Alston

Mary Pope Osborne Facts

Mary Pope is an author of children’s books. She is best known for her Magic Tree House series.

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Facts About Mary Pope Osborne

  • Mary Pope Osborne was born in 1949 in Fort Still, Oklahoma, US.
  • She had a twin brother called Bill, a sister called Natalie, and a younger brother named Michael.
  • Her father was in the military, and his job meant that Mary Pope Osborne’s family had to move regularly. As a child, she lived in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Salzburg, Austria.
  • After her father retired from the military, the family moved to North Carolina.
  • In North Carolina, Mary Pope Osborne joined her local community theatre, and she went on to study drama at the University of North Carolina.
  • She changed the focus of her degree in her junior year and majored in religion.
  • After her college graduation, Mary Pope Osbourne and one of her friends went travelling. They camped in caves in Crete for six weeks, and then headed east, visiting Iraq, Iran, Nepal, India, Turkey, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, Syria, and Lebanon.
  • Her trip ended when she was admitted to hospital with blood poisoning. During her recovery, she read Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
  • After returning to the US, Mary Pope Osborne lived in California, Washington DC, and New York.
  • She married her husband Will Osborne in 1976. They met at a play. Will Osborne was playing the role of Jesse James.
  • Before becoming a full-time author, Mary Pope Osborne worked as a bartender, travel agent, assistant editor at a children’s magazine, drama teacher, and medical assistant.
  • The first book Mary Pope Osborne wrote was 1982’s Run, Run As Fast As You Can.
  • She has since written more than 100 stories for children, in a range of genres, and for readers ranging from young children to young adults.
  • The Magic Tree House books are Mary Pope Osborne’s most successful works. More than 130 million copies of the books have been sold since the first book (Dinosaurs Before Dark) was released in 1992.
  • Merlin and Morgan le Fay (based on characters from the King Arthur legends) are recurring characters in the Magic Tree House series.
  • Out of the two main characters in the Magic Tree House books, Mary Pope Osbourne says she is more like Jack but she would like to be more like Annie.
  • She says that she can work on her books for twelve hours a day for seven days a week.
  • Her husband Will Osbourne has been responsible for adapting the Magic Tree House books for the stage. In 2007 a musical adaptation was premiered, and in the Magic Tree House Kids Shows books in the series are performed on stage by casts made up of children.
  • Mary Pope Osborne has twice been president of the Authors Guild.
  • Her Magic Tree House series was turned into an anime film in 2011, and it premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival.
  • Mary Pope Osborne said that Hemingway’s simple and direct style influenced her own writing style.
  • Mary Pope Osborne’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages.
  • When she’s not writing, Mary Pope Osborne enjoys kayaking and taking hikes with her pet dogs.
  • She currently lives in a house on a lake in Connecticut.

Writing is a miracle. You can travel anywhere in the world, to any time and any place — and still be home in time to have dinner.

Mary Pope Osborne
  • Mary Pope Osborne was an avid reader as a child, and some of her favourite books included the Nancy Drew mysteries, the Little House on the Prairie books, and Uncle Wiggly books.
  • She still loves to read, and she has a library of more than 2000 books in her house.
  • The Magic Tree House books have been turned into a series of graphic novels. They are adapted by Jenny Laird and illustrated by Kelly and Nichole Matthews.
  • The idea of the tree house in the Magic Tree House books was triggered by Mary Pope Osborne seeing a tree house during a walk down a country road with her husband in Pennsylvania.

I’m one of those very lucky people who absolutely love what they do for a living. There is no career better suited to my eccentricities, strengths, and passions than that of a children’s book author.

Mary Pope Osborne

Facts About Beeple (Mike Winkelmann)

Beeple is digital artist, best-known for his NFT Everydays: the First 5000 Days.

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Beeple Facts

  • Beeple was born as Micahel Joseph Winkelmann in 1981 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, US.
  • He attended Purdue University in 2003, graduating with a degree in Computer Science.
  • In 2007, Beeple started the Everdays project. Beginning on May 1, he created a piece of art every day. He didn’t ever miss a day, and even produced work on his wedding day and on the days that his children were born.
  • The Everydays project was inspired by Tom Judd who did a drawing every day for a year.

If I only posted the things that I felt were really good, I guarantee you I would not post 90% of the time.

Beeple on his Everydays project.
  • In 2012, Beeple focused on improving his Adobe Illustrator skills, and in 2015 he concentrated on getting better with the Cinema 4D software tools.
  • Beeple’s digital artwork is often satirical and frequently features well-known figures and famous people. His art usually has a dystopian theme, and it sometimes includes grotesque elements designed to shock, disturb or frighten the viewer.

If I have any agenda, it’s to make people on both sides question their beliefs. My goal is to make something that is so weird and so out-there that it makes you just think of questions instead of answers.

Beeple (2020)
  • The Everdays project has now reached more than 5400 consecutive days. You can keep track on Beeple’s website.
  • In 2019, some of Beeple’s works were used in the Louis Vitton Spring/Summer fashion collection.
  • Beeple started to sell NFTs (non-fungible tokens) in 2020. One of his first NFTs was Crossroad. This work would change depending on the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential Election. It sold for $66,666.66 on Nifty Gateway and was quickly resold for more than $6 million.
  • In December 2020, he sold more than $500,000 of NFTs in just 5 minutes.
  • Beeple’s Everydays: the First 5000 Days. It featured the art he produced during the first 5000 days of his ongoing project, and it was sold on February 25 2021 at Christie’s auction house. It achieved a price of $69.4 million.
  • Everydays: the First 5000 Days was the first NFT to be sold by a legacy auction house.
  • In November 2021 Beeple’s HUMAN ONE, a digital sculpture, sold for just under $26 million.
  • Digital artist Pak gave him advice on creating and selling NFTs.
  • Beeple says he is ‘obsessed with CNN’, and much of the art for his Everydays project is inspired by the news cycle.

I wouldn’t consider myself a highly motivated, disciplined person. I would actually consider myself very lazy, but I figured out this way to hold myself accountable. The momentum of this project carries me forward and pushes me to try much harder than I normally would.

Beeple on his Everydays project.
  • His art style was described by GQ as being a mix of Banksy and the Wachowskis’ vision of the future in The Matrix after you’ve taken the red pill.
  • Before making NFTs, Beeple was already a very successful digital artist. He worked with numerous different clients, including MTV, Nike, the NFL, Apple, and Elon Musk.
  • The name Beeple comes from a 1990s plush soft toy made by the company Carousel. The toys are about the size of a pet cat, and look a bit like yetis.
  • At the time (2021), Beeple’s Everydays: the First 5000 Days was the third most expensive piece of art ever sold from a living artist.
  • Beeple is very popular on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Beeple’s wife is called Jen. She is a former schoolteacher. They have two children.

In general, art is a numbers game. People don’t have a lack of ideas; they have a lack of deadlines. When you have a deadline every single day, you will have no choice but to come up with an idea. I think everybody has way more ideas inside them than they realize.

Beeple (2020)
  • In 2022, Beeple and Madonna collaborated on three NFTs, Mother of Nature, Mother of Evolution, and Mother of Technology. They feature animated clips of Madonna accompanied by Madonna’s poems and the poems of Jaladdin Rumi.
  • In early 2022, Beeple (Mike Winkelmann) had his first-ever solo gallery show at the Jack Hanley gallery in New York. It was called Beeple: Uncertain Future, and featured 13 physical works (paintings and prints). Mike Winkelmann didn’t paint any of the works himself, they were all produced by his studio.
  • Beeple’s younger brother Scott Winkelmann quit his job at Boeing to run Beeple’s day-to-day operation, including his studio which employs more than fifteen people.

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.

Dmitri Cherniak
  • 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.

Dmitri Cherniak
  • 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.

Tyler Hobbs Facts

Tyler Hobbs is an artist from Austin, Texas, US. He is best known for his artwork generated with custom algorithms. He is often said to be a painter who paints with code.

Facts About Tyler Hobbs

  • Although he always wanted to become an artist, Tyler Hobbs studied Computer Science at the University of Texas in Austin.
  • As a child, he loved to draw, paint, and play with LEGO and Play-Doh.
  • He started to learn computer programming at the age of 14, inspired by his older brother.
  • He worked as a software engineer for a tech startup but he continued to draw and paint as a hobby in his spare time.
  • In an effort to combine his work (computer programming) and his passion (art), he decided to write a program that would create a painting.

Often, computer generated art is cold and mathematical. I strive to express my feelings and sensations through the work, rather than focusing on its mathematical properties.

Tyler Hobbs
  • This approach or art production technique is often referred to as generative art, and Tyler Hobbs often calls himself a generative artist.
  • Tyler Hobbs enjoys playing the drums. At high school, he was the drummer in several punk bands.
  • He is a keen skateboarder and tries to go skateboarding several times a week.

I think I’m known in particular for finding good mixtures of the computer and the human, the structured and the chaotic, in my work.

Tyler Hobbs
  • Before he started to create and sell NFT artwork, he was working as an artist, selling prints through his website as well as continuing to work as a software engineer in Austin, Texas.
  • His first NFT drop was Fidenza in June 2021.
  • One of the first NFTs Tyler Hobbs bought was a sub-scape by Matt Doloria through Art Blocks. Art Blocks is a platform based on Ethereum that allows artists to write a program to the blockchain that generates the artwork in JavaScript. A purchaser can click the mint button which will trigger the script to be run and a new piece of artwork will be created as an NFT. Neither the collector nor the artist knows exactly what the newly-minted NFT will look like.
  • Tyler Hobb’s Fidenza used the Art Blocks platform. The number of mints was fixed to 999.
  • Tyler Hobbs says his biggest influences are traditional painters. Kandinsky paintings, for example, inspired the colour palette and the use of negative space in Fidenza.
  • He is also inspired by the work of Cezanne and Mark Rothko.

A lot of artists say that constraints yield creativity. Generative art is kind of a way of thinking very carefully about those constraints.

Tyler Hobbs
  • Tyler Hobbs compares generative art to jazz music. Both have a series of standards and structures, but they allow space for improvisation. He says his work blends order and chaos.
  • He is a fan of the jazz musicians Miles Davis, and Jack Wilkins.
  • His favorite drummers are Tony Williams and Mel Lewis.

Every year, we spend more and more of our time with our computers. It’s so important for us to integrate computers into our way of creating artwork in order to set up a healthy digital society.

Tyler Hobbs

Pak: Facts About the NFT Artist

Pak is a digital artist, famous for creating the NFT (non-fungible token) titled Merge. Pak’s identity is unknown.

Facts About Pak

  • Pak was formerly known as Murat Pak.
  • Pak designed Archillect, an internet bot that acts as a social media post curation platform. Archillect has been referred to as an ‘artistic bot’.
  • Cloud Monument Dark, Pak’s first NFT, was released on the NFT marketplace SuperRare on Feb 3, 2020.
  • Pak created The Fungible as part of a partnership with Sotheby’s auction house. The Fungible earned more than $16 million in sales.
  • Pak’s The Pixel and The Switch NFTs both sold for more than $1 million.
  • The sale of The Merge was launched on Nifty Gateway (a digital art auction platform) in December 2021. It was only available for 48 hours, and purchasers couldn’t buy individual copies of an NFT edition, but rather mass units. Purchasers received a single NFT along with an image based on the number of mass units bought. Altogether, nearly 29,000 people invested, and $91.8 million was raised.
  • Pak produced a series of NFTs titled Censored to help raise funds for Julian Assange’s legal defense. One of the NFTs called The Clock sold for more than $50 million. It was purchased by AssangeDAO (an online community of around 10,000 people).
  • According to his Sotheby’s bio, Pak has been ‘active in the world of digital art for over two decades’, and they are ‘the founder and led designer of the studio Undream’.
  • Most of Pak’s artwork is abstract and includes geometric shapes.
  • Pak’s social media symbol is a circle, and they are often referred to as The Nothing.
  • Elon Musk is said to be a big fan of Pak’s NFT art.
  • The NFT collector DANNY (@seedphrase) purchased Pak’s Legend NFT for about $175,000.
  • Very little is known about Pak’s exact creative process, but people have suggested that his art is created with ray tracer software and various 3D design applications.

I use industry standard design software packages. When they’re not enough, I create my own tools and software.

Pak (in an interview with Nick Tomaino)

I generally limit myself on purpose when I do design. Recently this is mainly on colors and shapes so it’s very obvious to see it visually as negative and positive space of the work.

Pak (in an interview with FITC)
  • It is believed that Pak comes from either Istanbul or Amsterdam. Murat Pak is a Turkish name. Istanbul is a city in Turkey, and Amsterdam has a large Turkish population.
  • Pak’s Twitter handle is @muratpak. Pak does not have an active Instagram account.
  • According to an interview Pak gave to Nick Tomaino in 2020, Pak has worked as a designer with hundreds of brands and studios over the last 25 years.

I don’t care if it’s art or not. I care whether it’s interesting or not. Is it intriguing? Do you think about it? Would it be valuable if it’s not interesting?

Pak (in an interview with Tatler)
  • The NFT artist Beeple (Mike Winkelmann) sought Pak’s advice before dropping Everydays: The First 5000 Days in 2021

I am not anonymous, but when people see my name, they should recall the work rather than a face and body. I choose to identify myself via my activity.

Pak
  • Other of Pak’s NFTs are titled Fade, Finite, Rubik’s Lure, Base, Build Routine, Prisoner’s Dilemma, Mobius Knot, Alpha, Vaporware, Ripple Routine, and Terminus I.
  • Pak’s Leonardo’s Vision was purchased by Chinese collector Ren Sheng in 2021.

Design provides a solution to a problem. It’s an answer to a question.

In other words, it’s a portal on an existing system that binds two edges together creating a new path of possibilities, almost like a bridge that fixes a traffic jam problem. A shortcut. Hack.

Pak (in an interview with Jayden Chan)

I do not believe I create art; rather, I believe I create design at the nexus of beauty and technology. I don’t consider myself an artist

Pak (in an interview with Artnet)
  • Pak was an early investor in Bitcoin.