Google's in-house 'neurographer' Mario Klingemann produces engaging abstract AI portraits through the use of connected generative adversarial neural networks (GANs). The initial GAN is "a painterly-looking low-resolution proto-image." The artist superimposes and upscales this base by another GAN until an acceptable presentation is achieved — one that has a high resolution and offers visual details and textures. Mario Klingemann is in control of the process and utilizes machine learning. The resulting AI portraits are hauntingly beautiful, offering a somewhat grotesque presentation of the human body from the point of view of a computer.
In 2018, Mario Klingemann's 'The Butcher's Son' — a nude AI portrait received "first global art prize for its kind at the 7th Annual Lumen Prize Awards Ceremony."