Pixel art is a type of art created by aesthetic combinations of images on computer or mobile devices, pixels that are thumbnail particles and represented by a certain color or value. Today, pixelization seems to have a widespread use, from street art to video game graphics, from various icon and background designs to retro characters in the NFT (Non-Fungible Token) data unit.
The aim of this research article is to examine the development of pixel art as a stylistic idea from the early digital age to the present, to examine its ironic effect in the digital art world and to discuss the reasons why it is indispensable in every period.
Theoretical approach in research; qualitative approach was adopted in data analysis. As a method, document analysis technique was used in the research. In this context, the changes that took place in the art of pixelization in the period from the first years of the digital age to the present are structured in chronological order, and the usage areas of the art of pixelization and the developments in these areas are also examined.
The findings shed light on the reasons for the development/use of pixelization art as a stylistic idea. It has also shown that pixelation is used for a variety of reasons, including creating a specific aesthetic, referencing the early days of digital graphics, and hiding sensitive information. As a result, the art of pixelation continues to be used and developed as an indispensable part of the digital age.
Keywords: Pixel Art, Pixelation, Digital Art, Digital Age, NFT