Crypto-passionate street artist Pascal Boyart, well known in the space for being the first artist in his style to affix Bitcoin QR codes to his work, is now helping Venezuelan muralists and creators earn crypto. The Paris-based “Pboy,” also famous for hiding BTC in his graffiti-meets-classic-art murals, has teamed up with local organization Satoshienvenezuela, creating a tutorial for up-and-coming creatives in the volatile nation.
Subversion and Survival
Thanks perhaps to the subversive nature of crypto, the world of permissionless digital money and the world of art have, in a sense, always gone hand in hand. Pascal Boyart embodies this unique nexus in his works, which feature classic themes clashing with modern issues in compelling fashion. The painting he used to hide his “Bitcoin puzzle,” for example, riffs on the classic Eugène Delacroix work “Liberty Leading the People,” with the goddess of liberty herself depicted as leading the modern yellow vest protest movement.
The politically charged nature of Pboy’s art lends itself naturally to consideration of other human beings in similar unrest and crisis, and especially artists who need funding for their works. Teaming up with the Satoshienvenezuela community, Pboy has just released a tutorial breaking down step-by-step how street artists in the economically embattled South American country can earn crypto from their art.
The English version of the article, entitled “Tutorial: How to receive Bitcoin donations on your Street Art pieces,” is a highly detailed breakdown of Pboy’s methods for affixing QR codes to his art. He writes:
For 2 years, I’ve receive more than $12500 (1.20 bitcoin) on the QR codes affixed to my frescoes.