Mike Winkelmann AKA Beeple Net Worth, Bio, Wiki

Beeple Crap's about page on his website.
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Who Is Beeple?

Beeple or Beeple Crap is an American graphic designer, digital artist, and animator. He is most famous for his “Everydays: the First 5000 Days” collage work whose non-fungible token (NFT) was sold for $69.3 million at the Christie’s auction in March 2021.

Beeple creates artwork across a variety of media and topics, including US politics, current events, and personal moments.

 

What’s Beeple’s Real Name?

Beeple’s real name is Michael Joseph Winkelmann. He usually goes by the name Mike Winkelmann.

 

Beeple Bio & Background

Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann was born in 1989 and grew up in North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. His father was an electrical engineer, while his mother worked at a local senior center.

Winkelmann graduated from Purdue University in 2003 with a degree in computer science.

 

Beeple Everydays

One of Beeple's most recent artworks.
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After some time designing corporate websites, Beeple heard about a UK artist who used to do a sketch every day.

On May 1, 2007, Beeple decided that he would complete an art piece every day. He would name his works “everydays”.

Here’s what he told “The Atlantic” in 2011 regarding his inspiration to start creating the artwork:

I saw another artist named Tom Judd who did this a few years back. I thought that was a really great idea and I figured it would be a great way to get better at drawing myself. Since then I’ve used this as a tool to learn about photography and 3D animation as well. 

Beeple makes his artwork from zero, trying to frequently change tools and try new techniques.

Yep, my everydays are made entirely from scratch everyday, and as an unwritten rule, I have to have everything uploaded before midnight each night. I feel like starting from scratch each day is both a blessing and hindrance. On the one hand, it helps you get over the fear of the blank page, on the other hand it’s pretty hard to make anything good in like an hour or two, and sometimes even less time.

Especially now working with 3D animation there are so many tasks with making something from scratch: designing, modeling, texturing, setting up an environment, lighting, rendering, composting, post work. These pretty much all need to be done to some degree every day with a 3D render. On the plus side though, it really forces you to stretch and bend to make something not terrible in the time you have. 

Beeple intends to keep creating artwork every day as long as he can, learning new tools and techniques in the process:

I would certainly like to keep doing them as long as physically possible. I will always switch mediums every year or so since I feel like it’s a good time to really grow and learn in an area. At some point in the future I’d like to learn Zbrush, Illustrator, Ableton Live, Maya, etc. There will never be a shortage of tools or media to improve in.

Beeple describes his activity as an artist as follows:

He makes a variety of art crap across a variety of media. some of it is ok, but a lot of it kind of blows ass. he’s working on making it suck less everyday though so bear with him…

On his website, Beeple keeps count of the days he had done pictures on. So far, he hasn’t missed a day. Additionally, he shares details about the mediums he has worked with previously and is using currently to make animations and art.

Everydays' day count as of March 27, 2021.
Courtesy of Beeple-Crap.com.

 

Winkelman's toolset "rounds".
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Here is an interview with Beeple from April 2020, before he achieved the fame that would greet him a year later:

 

Beeple’s 69 Million Crypto Art

Everydays: the First 5000 Days.
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From February 25 to March 11, 2021, the Christie’s auction featured Beeple’s “Everydays: the First 5000 Days” collage, featuring his first 5,000 pieces of digital artwork he had created over the years.

Christie’s gives the following description to the art pieces incorporated in “Everydays: the First 5000 Days”:

In EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, the artist has stitched together recurring themes and color schemes to create an aesthetic whole. Organized in loose chronological order, zooming in on individual pieces reveals abstract, fantastical, grotesque, and absurd pictures, alongside current events and deeply personal moments. Society’s obsession with and fear of technology; the desire for and resentment of wealth; and America’s recent political turbulence appear frequently throughout the work.

Organized in chronological order, “Everydays: the First 5000 Days” displays the improvement of Beeple’s skills with time. Christie’s comments on Beeple’s progress as an artist:

The notable difference between the pictures from Day 1 (1 May 2007) and Day 5,000 (7 January 2021) reveals Beeple’s immense evolution as an artist. At the project’s inception, EVERYDAYS consisted of basic drawings. Once Beeple started working in 3D, they took on abstract themes, color, form and repetition. In the last five years, however, his digital pictures have became increasingly timely, often reacting to current events.

Bidding for “Everydays: the First 5000 Days” opened at $100. The collage’s non-fungible token – a crypto-based proof of ownership – was sold for $69,346,250. This made “Everydays: the First 5000 Days” the third most expensive work from a living artist to be ever sold at auction – behind Jeff Koon’s stainless steel Rabbit sculpture sold for $91.1 million in 2019 and David Hockney’s “Pool with Two Figures” sold for $90.3 million in 2018.

Here is a video from the Christie’s YouTube channel showing Beeple watching the famous auction of his artwork:

Beeple And NFT’s

Beeple’s name has become synonymous with the world of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT’s).

NFT’s are an area of the cryptocurrency world growing by leaps and bounds.

Many are interested in them for their relevance to the future of art and pop culture, but a large part of the hysteria around them has been the possibility of great wealth being made in the so-called “NFT Gold Rush”.

Here are videos on the subject by Sheldon Evans and Alex Becker, respectively:

Beeple Net Worth

There is no reliable information on Beeple’s net worth. It’s known, however, that he has featured his artwork at several online auctions. Among others, the December 2020 Beeple Art Drop attracted $3.5 million. But so far, his greatest achievement in terms of art sales is the $69 million “Everydays: the First 5000 Days”.

 

Beeple Online Presence & Publicity

Mike “Beeple” Winkelmann  is present on the following platforms:

Beeple also has a personal website with more details about his current art activity, as well as a website dedicated to his art collections.

 

 

 

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