October 25, 2021
Mike Winkelmann (known as Beeple, Beeple or Beeple Crap, born 1981) is an American digital artist, graphic designer and animator. His comic, phantasmagoric works are devoted to current political and social issues and are related to the phenomena of pop culture. From 2007 to 2021, he exhibited a new image every day as part of the "Everyday" project. In 2021, a collage of images from this series "Everyday life. The First 5,000 Days "was sold at auction for $ 69,346,250, making it one of the most expensive works by a contemporary artist. According to Esquire, Beeple has become the de facto face of the cryptocurrency market. Early years of life and education Winkelmann was born in 1981 and grew up in North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Winkelmann did not plan to become an artist. In 2003 he graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Science. However, in college, he spent most of his free time on creative projects, including digital short films and images, which he described as "a little strange abstract digital art." After graduating from university, Winkelmann worked as a web designer. At the same time, he continued to pursue his creative projects, which he called "Beeple stuff."