Mike Winkelman


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."

Artistic career

"Everyday life"

On May 1, 2007, Winkelmann began a series of works on Everyday Life. The artist exhibited one image every day. He hasn't missed a day since. Winkelmann did not take a break even on the day of his wedding and the birthday of his children. He was inspired to create the project by Tom Judd, who painted a new picture every day for a year. Winkelmann believed that this was an effective way to improve his artistic abilities. In the following years, he focused on improving one skill or one art tool, for example, with Adobe Illustrator in 2012 and Cinema 4D in 2015. Winkelmann often depicts an anti-utopian future. He also uses recognizable images of popular culture or politics for topical satire. Some of the artist's works are included in the Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear collection for spring / summer 2019.

Contract work

Winkelmann has created hundreds of cycles of the widget, releasing them under a Creative Commons license. This allowed him to create a visual

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