Through the selling of his NFTs, a transgender adolescent has made almost $50 million.
Victor Langlois has cemented his position as a prominent participant in the business with the success of FEWOCiOUS.
NFTs, he claims, have taught him that art isn’t always about painting.
Victor rose to prominence in June 2021 after selling five sets of actual NFT artworks at Christie’s auction house for a total of $2.16 million. “Hello, I’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS), and This Is My Life” was a compilation about his upbringing and gender transition.
The 19-year-old artist has since sold several artworks on NFT platforms. He has steadily established himself as a household figure in the area, selling about $20 million worth of NFTs in less than 24 hours on Nifty Gateway. According to Fortune, this was the third-largest sale on the NFT marketplace.
The artist, who goes by the moniker FEWOCiOUS, told Fortune about his struggles as a transgender child: “It’s been hard for me to digest, to be honest,” he said.
Langlois reported that living with his grandparents after being removed from an abusive home wasn’t any better. “I thought I’d be safe,” he claimed in an interview with Esquire, “but they were just as rude.”
He also admitted to the publication that he was afraid of coming out since his family is religious. He also revealed how his Latina grandma couldn’t understand why he chose to be an artist.
“I think she suffered so much that she simply wanted stability,” FEWOCiOUS stated. ‘What?’ she exclaimed when she learned of my desire to study painting. ‘Become an attorney.’ That is something I can comprehend. But it stung when she said things like, “Your art is awful, so you can’t do it.”
Langlois has no intention of slowing down now that he has found some success. He claims that the NFT trade has taught him that art isn’t always about painting. “The dream is to sketch, not to relax and do nothing,” he continued.