There has been an explosion of AI art in past two years, but the history of AI art goes back long before the arrival of diffusion models like Midjourney, DALL-E 2 and Stable Diffusion in 2022. In fact, it goes all the way back to the 1960s, and humans’ interest in the possibility of machines that can make art goes back even further.

Today, many artists are among the fiercest critics of AI art generators, but over the years, artists have also been at forefront of developing new technology that can create images, sometimes in their own style. Below we look at where AI art came from, how it evolved and where it stands today.