Roberto Azank’s Iconic Fractal Art

From the Mintable blog.

The year was 1989. The newfound accessibility of personal computers had opened up a world of exciting possibilities for artists, who were beginning to enthusiastically explore the new forms of expression enabled by this digital medium.

One such artist was Argentinian-born Roberto Azank. On an AST personal computer that boasted a 40 MB hard drive, Azank began a project that would become one of the decade’s most iconic computer art collections.

Roberto’s Vintage Fractal Art Collection represents a convergence of mathematics, nature, art, and technology. While his work explores the fractal realm using algorithms created by the renowned mathematician Benoit B. Mandelbrot, Roberto attempted to transform the fractals beyond mere mathematical complexity and into the realm of artistic expression. 

What is Fractal Art?

Popular in the 1980s, fractal art combines mathematics and abstract art. The term ‘fractal’ — broken or fractured — was coined in 1975 by mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot, who defined the brand-new field of fractal geometry.

Fractals describe the mathematical structure of natural patterns we see in everyday objects like snowflakes, leaves, clouds, food, and blood vessels. 

Photo by Zdeněk Macháček on Unsplash

Computer art has come of age giving us a glimpse into the intimate world of Nature. With this, Roberto’s Fractals are expressed as manipulation of mathematical space. Their colors convey beauty on an infinite scale.

Nature Inspiring His Iconic Collection

Roberto has now created a new series of Chromatic Pulses inspired by his series of Fractal Artworks designed for Macworld’s 1992 to 1994’s T-shirts. This iconic collection has been restored from the only original set of prints that survived after 32 years. Roberto painstakingly worked on the pixel-by-pixel restoration to re-created his fractals as close to his original versions from his computer screens.

Roberto’s signed limited edition posters were advertised in Scientific American, in September 1990.

A little Fractal scandal: Art, or just another Fractal?

During a keynote conference on Fractals, one of the speakers mentioned the fractal used in the official T-shirts could not claim to be “art”. Find out the full story about his Fractal Art scandal.

HAPPENING SOON: You’re Invited to Roberto’s Auction!

Save these dates to bid for Robert’s unique 1/1 Fractal Art NFTs. 

  • Auction Duration: November 4, 6 pm EST to November 6, 6 pm EST
  • What’s going to be auctioned? A total of nine 1/1 NFTs will be auctioned, which are three Fractal Art pieces with three ‘pulse’ variants 

🎙️ Watch a recorded session of our AMA with Roberto as we discuss his brainchild and story of becoming a world-renowned artist. Be the first to own one of the world’s rarest Fractal Art NFT collections.

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