In its few years of existence Bitcoin has given birth to a renewed promised land, the new internet frontier, a contemporary El Dorado, a modern Wild West, a brave new world: #Crypto.

Just as any of its predecesors, its inhabitants are pioneers, miners, traders, prophets, priests, crafters, hunters, scammers, conquistadores, thieves, pirates, entrepreneurs... All of them engaged in a life changing journey.

Theirs is also a world rich in symbols and myths, tales of incredible fortunes and riches as well as nightmarish horror stories of total loss.

It doesn't really matter if their El Dorado exists or not. 

They and their brave new world deserve to be painted.

Portrait of a Crypto Miner

oil on canvas

55cm x 46cm


´As the golden news spread ... from all over the planet they came…. They were farmers and merchants and sailors and slaves…. They were the pillars of their communities, and their communities’ dregs….'

H.W. Brands, The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

'Chances are you hear the phrase “bitcoin mining” and your mind begins to wander to the Western fantasy of pickaxes, dirt, and striking it rich. As it turns out, that analogy isn’t too far off.' https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/bitcoin-mining.asp

Long gone are the legendary days where tech savvy students from Oslo, Seoul or Seattle used college equipment to mine crypto. Today big mining corporations are at the very core of the industry and bitcoin geopolitics as well as centralization debates, shady market practices, the role of equipment manufacturers ... have apparently displaced solo basement crypto miners from the center of the arena. Or have they? This painting is a tribute to easily one of the most respected members of the community. A kind solo philosopher miner from deep into maple leaf land, industrious friend of Athene, moon bag player. @notsofast

ZE Tardigrades Chilling

oil on canvas

54cm x 73cm


When Moon, Sir?

acrylic on canvas

54cm x 73cm


Probably one of the most popular meme phrases in the crypto sphere, used to mock newcomers, investors with little or no financial skills or simply frantic fellows dreaming to get rich overnight.

A question that brings many other questions relevant beyond crypto. Is it going to redistribute wealth in a massive scale as some say or, if crypto becomes a global store of value of some sort, will instead give birth to an extremely small new class of crypto tycoons?  Who and what can be trusted as a source of information?  Does universal and cheap access to a kingdom of influencers and a tsunami of realtime data give everybody the same chances to fullfil their dreams? 

@FatihSK87, crypto trader

oil on canvas

50 x 41 cm


Many of the most prominent and popular members of crypto are traders. As in other periods of great change in history, these modern day merchants are not only shaping the future but are central figures in a sort of global hall of fame where prestige, skills and charisma are on public display.

Few represent better this new class of merchants and traders than one of its most famous members, Fatih. A reminiscence almost from the 17th century. Tulips, Turkey and the Netherlands, vision, talent and hardwork forging new worlds, exotic assets and my beloved dutch painting masters... 21st century version.

Arise Chikun

oil on canvas

73 x 100 cm


"... when the price started to explode, people got excited. I mean they were going off the walls bat-shit crazy, screaming random catch phrases and memes and quotes from random movies and television adapted into Litecoin puns. One such quote was, "Arise, chikun, chikun arise". Gristledorf, April 2017 https://www.reddit.com/r/litecoin/comments/6458bk/can_someone_please_explain_to_me_the_inside_ltc/

 © 2019 by Yonat Vaks. 

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