The lure of making a quick buck is strong, but for many in Gen Z, digital isn’t just a speculative pump and dumping ground. It is the driving force of a change in the generational atmosphere.
As a “Geriatric Millennial” (h/t to Shumon Basar, via New Models podcastfor the term), I’m often amazed at how easily Gen Z has been able to adapt and culture through everything from TikTok to NFTs while staying true to themselves.
From an 18-year-old inspired by Tron to a 13-year-old giving different notions of female beauty, Artnet News has compiled a list of six of today’s most fascinating and dynamic NFT art stars. today.
Who: Real name Victor Langlois, the artist is from Las Vegas and started making digital art at 13 years old. The artist is often referred to simply as FEWO by fans.
Situated at: New York
What theyre doing: Colored drawings based on identity. The artist’s first forays into digital art start from a journey of refuge.
Price scale: $10,000 to $2,100,000, based on cross-platform data, OpenSea, Christie’s, and Sotheby’s.
Why should you care: In addition to releasing some of the most popular drops on Nifty Gateway and collaborating with RTKFT Studios on an immensely popular digital sneaker drop, FEWO’s pieces have also attracted considerable attention at auction, with pieces selling at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The five-lot online sale at Christie’s, organized by then-NFT manager Noah Davis, was titled “Hello, i’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and This Is My Life”; it grossed $2.16 million, turning FEWO into an art industry star overnight.
fun fact:OJune 30, Billboard announced a new Partnership with FEWOCiOUS after giving FEWO the cover of their Pride issue. Together they will embark on a fundraiser, with part of the proceeds from a July drop going to The Trevor Project, one of the world’s leading suicide prevention organizations for LGBTQ+ youth.
Who: Time mmagazineit is first artist in residence.
Situated at: United States
What theyre doing: Nyla is the creator of the “Long Neckie Ladies” collection, a group of NFTs worth approximately $3.4 million in current terms, according to OpenSea’s total sales volume. The works are portraits of women with varying skin tones, hairstyles, makeup, and accessories, but all with signature extra-long necks.
Price scale: Hayes’ art has so far generated nearly $7 million in total, according to OpenSea data, with several of his portraits selling for thousands of dollars each. Her most expensive NFT, a hand-drawn, computer-generated collectible among 3,333 diverse women, sold for 4 ETH, or about $11,000 when it changed hands.
Why should you care: Hayes’ uncle initially encouraged her to do NFTs, which she did with the help of her parents and brother. She was featured on the Today’s show, and is now signed to Los Angeles-based talent agency CAA.
Fun fact: Hayes is a fan of Frida Kahlo, with her portrait of the late Mexican master selling for $4,922 last February.
Who: Known as Jasti on social media, fluent in all facets of digital art and culture.
Situated at: Tacoma, Washington
What theyre doing: His first big sale, a digital illustration of an astronaut-like cartoon character, sold for 20 ETH (about $30,000 at the time).
Price scale: In total, Stipp has created several sold-out editions that have grossed over $350,000 in primary sales, according to Market Foundation NFT.
Why should you care: Despite his young age, the young artist shows a lot of promise as an entrepreneur. Prior to his marquee sale for 20 ETH, Stipp made and sold logos for customers through the social app Discord for $20 to $70 each.
fun fact: He has since sold enough NFTs to help his parents pay for their house and car. And one of the first to bid on Stipp’s work was Victor Lanlois, who you know as FEWOCiOUS.
Who: A coder who became an NFT powerbroker in early 2021.
Situated at: London
What theyre doing: Known for Weird Whales, a PFP collection of 3,350 NFTs.
Price scale: The floor price of a weird whale is 0.09 ETH (around $100), and with around 1,900 works sold so far, the value of the collection is dropping just under $2 million.
Why should you care: After becoming obsessed with CryptoPunks, Ahmed turned to OpenSea to create a spin-off project based on pixelated whales, his favorite animal.
fun fact: He is also credited with partially inspiring Gremplin to create the CrypToadz project, a popular NFT project by Evil Gremlin.
Who: Known on social media as jstngraphics.
Situated at: washington
What theyre doing: Surreal and dreamlike environments and digital landscapes, as well as photography.
Price scale: Most of its coins are minted on SuperRare, with single prices ranging from US$5,000 to US$30,000. Total sales so far have earned Bodnar more than $500,000 to date, according to data from SuperRare.
Why should you care: Despite his young age, Bodnar already has over six years of experience in graphic design, which has earned him great respect in the NFT community.
fun fact: In a interview with the New York Times, Bodnar said he does “tron-style” art, referring to the popular visual language that uses Tangram blocks.
Who: Known as @erin on SuperRare
Situated at: North Carolina
What theyre doing: Digital works using a code inspired by keyboards, analog synthesizers and oscillators.
Price scale: Beesley’s generative art has sold for up to 75 ETH, with unique prices on SuperRare ranging from $2,000 to $269,000, according to NFT Market Data.
Why should you care: Beesley is one of the youngest artists on this list.
fun fact: Erin has a hilarious Twitter presencesardonic and witty.
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