Several artists have made substantial profits by selling their works as NFTs. Surprisingly, many of the million-dollar artists are still in high school.
That may be a little difficult to believe. However, keep in mind that in just over a year, total NFT sales volume increased from $94.9 million to more than $23 billion, indicating that there has been a lot of money moving around in the NFT ecosystem (to put it mildly).
Furthermore, while most established #content #creators appear hesitant to associate their names and brands with anything related to #NFTs, younger artists do not appear to be as reluctant to experiment with #web3. As a result, many forward-thinking teen creators have been blazing a path through the #NFT #ecosystem.
The teens of the NFT space (#NFTeens, if you will) have been leveraging #blockchain #technology to make some serious #cash and some impressive art, earning nearly $4 million from one project and appearing world’s most respected auction houses.
Although the next generation of artists is still learning the fundamentals, these five #crypto-art teens have set themselves on the path to shaping the next generation of art — and becoming #crypto-rich in the process.
FEWOCiOUS: NFT sales of $26 million
Victor Langlois, a multimedia artist from Las Vegas, goes by the moniker FEWOCiOUS. He became interested in #art when he was 13 years old. The now 19-year-old artist, affectionately known as FEWO, rose to prominence near the end of 2020. He is now regarded as one of the most prominent young artists in the NFT field.
FEWO, who is known for his colorful, identity-focused work, has released a wide range of NFTs over the last year on nearly all of the most popular NFT platforms, and he has even had pieces sold at auction through Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
According to #CryptoArt, his works have sold for just under $26 million to date. As a result, FEWO has surpassed many of his NFT peers — as well as many well-established creators in the traditional art industry — to become a sort of NFT movement poster child.
NYLA HAYES AND TWO LONG NECKIE sold $4 million in NFTs.
Nyla Hayes, a 13-year-old crypto-artist, achieved success with her Long Neckie NFTs in 2021. TIMEPieces, Time magazine’s NFT community initiative, announced Hayes as its first artist in residence in October.
Hayes explained how she got into art and NFTs in the fall issue of TIME for Kids, saying she started drawing when she was four and became interested in #digital #art when she was nine. Hayes’ 3,333-piece Long Neckie Ladies collection has earned over 1,573 ETH (more than $4 million) in sales through OpenSea.
$1 million in NFT sales for Jaiden Stipp
Jasti, real name Jaiden Stipp, is a 16-year-old artist who is widely regarded as one of the most productive young artists in the NFT space. Jasti became fascinated with NFTs around the beginning of 2021 and decided to take the plunge, #minting and quickly selling his first NFT for 20 ETH ($30,377).
Stipp’s parents were initially sceptical — and more than a little perplexed — about all the #cryptocurrency he earned. That all changed when he cashed out, exchanging a substantial amount of ETH for USD and transferring it to his bank account. According to CryptoArt, his pieces have earned him just over $1 million to date.
Benyamin Ahmed: NFT sales of $5 million
BENYAMIN AHMED WHALES PROJECT
Benyamin Ahmed, a 12-year-old coder, rose to prominence as an NFT sensation near the end of the summer of 2021. The young artist made international headlines in August of that year after the successful launch of his own 3,350 piece NFT collection, Weird Whales.
Ahmed first learned about NFTs in early 2021 and decided to create and sell his own tokens, beginning with a Minecraft-themed collection. After falling in love with #CryptoPunks, he set out to create a kind of derivative collection.
Combining Punk characteristics with pixelated whales. Weird Whales has earned over 1,837 ETH (nearly $5 million) through OpenSea to date and is even credited with inspiring Gremplin to create his iconic CrypToadz project.
$500,000 in NFT sales for Jstngraphics
Justin Bodnar, also known as jstngraphics, is a 17-year-old Seattle-based digital artist. Bodnar quickly established himself in the NFT space in 2021 with surreal, dreamy landscape scenes.
Despite the fact that Bodnar has yet to graduate from high school, his 6+ years of graphic design experience has earned him recognition in the NFT space.
He is currently working part-time as a digital artist and photographer, and his NFTs are typically minted through SuperRare. His pieces have sold for more than $500,000, according to CryptoArt.