Meet the trans teenager whose crypto artwork earned her nearly $50 million

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Transgender teenager Victor Langlois first made headlines in June 2021 after his physical artwork and non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, fetched $2.16 million for the famed auction house. at New York auction, Christie’s. The collection, titled “Hello, I am Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and this is my life,” explored his childhood and gender transition.

An NFT is a blockchain-powered unit of data that authenticates ownership of digital objects – images, videos and songs, for example.

Since the headline-grabbing Christie’s sale, 19-year-old Langlois has garnered even more attention – and sales – in the lucrative world of NFT art. In April, Langlois, also known as FEWOCiOUS, sold nearly $20 million worth of his digital works in 24 hours, according to Fortune, which reported it was the third-biggest sale ever. NFT Nifty Gateway market history.

“It’s been hard for me to process, to be honest,” Langlois told Fortune at the time, adding that he was going to use the money to invest in his art business and continue creating. “The dream is not to relax and do nothing, the dream is to draw.”

“Hello, i’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and This Is My Life” depicted the life of Langlois from age 14 to 18, when he was removed from an abusive home and began living with his grandparents in Vegas. However, he described life with his grandparents as just as tumultuous.

“I thought I would be safe, but they were just as mean,” he told Esquire in a June 2021 interview. He was also afraid, he told the magazine, of coming out as transgender. to religious members of his family.

Around the same time, he told Christie’s that his Latina grandmother struggled to understand his pursuit of the arts.

“I think she struggled so much that she just wanted safety,” he said. “To see me wanting to pursue art, she was like, ‘What? Be a lawyer. Which I understand. But it hurt when she was like, ‘Your art is lousy and that’s why you can’t do it. ‘

Still, that didn’t stop Langlois from pursuing his dreams. Langlois started drawing on his iPad because he wasn’t allowed to paint, he told cryptocurrency site Decrypt.

Since the Christie’s sale, Langlois has earned around $50 million from his works, according to Fortune.

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