Teenage artist Fewocious has taken the digital space by storm, ranking as the third highest-selling NFT artist to date. Now, he's taken that star power to Christie's, selling $2.16 million worth of works spanning the last few years of their young life.
Named Victor Langlois, the collection titled “Hello, I’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and This Is My Life” consisted of five lots and closed June 30. Each lot represented a different year in the artist's life, from age 14 to 18.
“Year 1, Age 14 - It Hurts to Hide” tackles the artist's formative year as an artist as they began to question their gender identity. “Year 2, Age 15 - My Mama’s Dream" tackles the struggle to become one's self in spite of parental wishes. “Year 3, Age 16 - When a Child Feels Lost” represents the year Langlois realized he needed art as an escape. “Year 4, Age 17 - His Name is Victor” marks the year he started minting NFTs, and “Year 5, Age 18 - I Taught Myself How to Fly" stands as the year he took off flying as an independent.
The collection consisted of digital NFT videos paired with physical paintings. NFT stands for non-fungible token, a digital asset traded online and hosted on the blockchain which can be verifiably owned and not replicated.
These pieces depict the artist's self-understanding of gender and identity. Langlois describes these years as a difficult period in his life, during which he ran away from an abusive family to live with his grandmother. Still, she wasn't exactly supportive. She always wanted him to pursue a more stable career, and he said in an interview with Christie’s that she would tell him he didn’t have what it took to be an artist.
“It hurt when she would say, 'your art is ugly and that’s why you can’t do it,’” Langlois is quoted.
Langlois only recently got involved in the world of digital art, but he's garned great success and amassed a small fortune in a short period of time. His first digital art pieces sold on the NFT platform SuperRare for $7,320, and his prices have only increased.
The demand for his work at Christie’s caused a website crash on the first auction day. The event had to be rescheduled to fix the system. The artist’s works from this particular collection seems even more appealing to the audience due to its vulnerability and honesty depicted through the storytelling from the five different lots. Learn more about Fewocious and this lot at Christie's website.