The Beginners Guide to Generative NFT Art

Generative art has gained huge popularity within the NFT community. They have become some of the most desired art pieces with sales in excess of $60 million dollars. But you are probably wondering, what are they and where do I buy them? Well in this guide we will be delving into this and more. Now let’s jump right in.

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What is Generative Art?

In a nutshell, generative art is simply art that is artificially created. The parameters of the algorithm are determined by the artist. They may set specific traits for the collection. For example density, curvature, overlap, and the type of colors which can be outputted. Then during the minting process, these traits are selected randomly producing a collection of unique NFTs all with different attributes. Some are rarer than others.


Launched in 2019 Autoglyphs are regarded as the first generative art collection. The creators behind the collection are LarvaLabs, the founders of Crypto Punks and CryptoKitties. There is a total supply of 512 and they are currently listed for over 200 Ethereum on Open Sea.

Fidenza by Tyler Hobbs 

This is a beautiful collection of over 900 NFTS by the artist Tyler Hobbs. They are all generated by the Flow Field algorithm. Each NFT has a unique set of traits. They can be sharp, spiral, dense, or overlap. The inspiration behind the art was expressionist Francis Klein and they were named after an area in northern Italy. These images are simply beautiful.


Ringers is a collection of 1000 NFTs developed by Canadian artist Dmitri Cherniak. Essentially each piece consists of a series of pegs and strings. There are up to 10 traits in this collection. This includes peg count, background color, and wrap orientation to name a few. They have certainly proved popular with Ringer 879 selling for a whopping $6 million to hedge fund three arrows capital.

Where to Buy Generative Art?

Art Blocks has established itself as the go-to place for generative art. This Ethereum project is based on Open Sea and has dozens of collections. Each collection has to be approved by the Art Blocks team so only the most legitimate projects get listed. Some of the other marketplaces include Looks Rare, Magic Eden or Binance. To learn more you can read NFT Marketplace: The Top 5 for Beginners.

Final Thoughts

Generative art is certainly interesting. If popularity is any indication they certainly have the demand. Whether this continues is anyone’s guess. The technology is extremely new and there is plenty of room for error. Ultimately, like most art, the interest will come and go. But overall I remain optimistic.