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Ix Shells

Generative art with social conviction.

"My hope is that this sets a precedent for women doing more work in the community. I try to make people see what I see in the work."

Itzel Yard, known as Ix Shells, creates generative art – an artform which uses algorithms to create itself. Yard writes code to determine characteristics like colour, shape or texture, then allows it to play out independently. The resulting images, videos and gifs are infinitely complex. From abstraction and fractal geometry to portraiture. A drummer herself, Yard invariably listens to music while...

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Itzel Yard, aka Ix Shells, (she/her) was born in 1990 in Panama, where she continues to live and work.


Yard is a self-taught coder who discovered computer science while playing video games as a child. She is now one of the highest-selling NFT artists in the world. Dreaming at Dusk (2021), a collaboration with The Tor Project, was purchased for 500 ETH in May 2021. That's over 2 million dollars.


Yard champions social change. She is one of the co-founders of Creative Code Art, an artist-led-community that supports emerging generative artists. She also collaborates with Algorithmic Justice League, PleasrDAO, Girls Who Code and TOR.

Collaborations with Ix Shells