Transgender teenager Victor Langlois (alias “FEWOCIiOUS”) has reportedly made nearly $50 million in little over a year from the sale of his non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
According to a report by NBC News, the 19-year-old first achived mainstream fame after his physical artworks and NFTs were sold for $2.16 million at Christie’s auction house in New York. The collection, which was titled “Hello, i’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and This is My Life” explored Victor’s childhood and gender transition.
Langlois has gone on to make several more high profile sales in NFT art, including selling nearly $20 million worth of digital art in 24 hours back in April. The report says the sale represented the third-largest in history for NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway.
Langlois told Fortune at the time:
It’s been hard for me to process, to be honest. The dream isn’t to relax and do nothing, the dream is to draw.
According to NBC’s report, Langlois’s first NFT collection focused on his life from ages 14 to 18, including his experience being removed from an abusive household and living with his grandparents in las Vegas. Langlois said at the time he was afraid to come out as transgender to religious family members.
Apparently, he told Christie’s back inn June 2021 that his grandmother struggled to understand his artistic pursuits, saying that she instead imagined him taking a more secure career path:
To see me wanting to pursue art, she was like: ‘What? Be a lawyer.’ Which I understand. But it hurt when she would say, ‘Your art is ugly and that’s why you can’t do it.’
He also told Fortune that his dream is “to draw” and not “to relax and do nothing.”
In December 2021, Langlois told Coinbase in an interview that NFTs taught him that “art does not have to be a still painting.” On April 20, Coinbase announced that its NFT marketplace — Coinbase NFT — had been launched launched in beta.
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