Frederic Duquette, a Montreal-bord digital artist known as FVCKRENDER, recently announced on his Twitter account his intent to investigate trading several of his famous and very trendy Bored Ape NFTs for a house in Vancouver. According to OpenSea, which is one of the top NFT marketplaces in the world, of the four Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs that Duquette has offered to trade for a house, three are worth more than 439 Ether, which gives them a value topping $1 million, while the fourth is still on the market with a “make offer” tag.
So far, however, there doesn't seem to be a serious offer of a Vancouver home for Duquette’s Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs. That doesn't mean that celebrities and collectors are not paying a lot of money for his art. However, Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs are one of the trendiest thing out there. While he has received trade offers and other types of replies to his query, nothing concrete has been offered to him so far.
How Frederic Duquette got here
In his years in the digital art world, Frederic Duquette, also known as FVCKRENDER, has built up a significant portfolio over the years. He is completely self-taught; there were no endless classes and lessons. It all started in 2016, after a bicycle accident that left FVCKRENDER with severe injuries that meant a lack of sensation on the left side of his body. Soon after that, he dropped out of high school and learned how to use the software app, Cinema 4D, and its tools, which served as the standard for 3D Modeling. With those tools, he was able to create futuristic renderings, which reminded many of hallucinations of many types.
Even though it had previously been a major aspect of his overall lifestyle, the bicycle accident prevented him from cycling anymore, so instead, he decided to use the creation of 3D artworks to keep his mind stimulated while he was working at a Montreal restaurant. By taking his computer with him to his work shifts and way beyond, he was able to teach himself how to do proper 3D modeling. Over the past four years, Duquette has been able to develop a very complete and impressive portfolio of projects, some of which are personal, while others are commission-based.
Duquette was prolific enough to give him a leg up when the Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) craze began. With the rise of NFTs, a lot of Duquette's artwork suddenly became far more valuable.
The Bored Ape NFTs may shape his future
One of the key reasons why Duquette has been able to build up such a healthy portfolio over the years has come with his challenge to himself. Ever since 2016, he has made and completed a daily challenge, in which he develops at least one render daily, which he shares on one of his social media accounts. By completing that challenge virtually every day, it is clear to see how his work has evolved over time. He has attracted an impressive range of major brands and other artists to his side, to the point that many of them have commissioned him to create new original graphics to be featured in a number of even larger projects.
In a recent magazine interview, FVCKRENDER said he clearly feels that his daily practice of art is what makes him happiest and most fulfilled. While he does love the commercial work, he said, it's the personal stuff that makes him “sane.”
While Frederic Duquette is a prolific NFTs creator, he also buys and sells NFTs created by other artists, and has managed to build an impressive portfolio of NFTs. One of Duquette's most valuable NFTs belong to the “Bored Ape Yacht Club” series, which refers to a limited collection of around 10,000 “Bored Apes” NFTs that launched in April 2021. Those NFTs can be purchased with the Ethereum cryptocurrency, which anyone can buy on most Canadian crypto exchanges.
Justin Bieber just bought his second Bored Ape NFT. Another big fan of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs is the two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden States Warriors, who bought a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT for US$180,000 in the middle of 2021. Eminem, the Grammy-Award-Winning musician, paid about $462,000 for another Bored Ape NFT late last month. Overall, sales of Bored Ape NFTs has already passed the $1 billion milestone in 2022.
With sales numbers like those already, and the prospect of lots more coming in the future, there is no doubt that Frederic Duquette, also known as FVCKRENDER, is an acclaimed NFT artist, with a long, bright future. Soon, he can buy more than one house even in this hot market.