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The Conversation

8-year-old artist Michelangelo seeks to inspire change with his non-fungible tokens

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Milo in April 2021 after seeing the trailer for Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings"

Regarded as one of the best artists of his era, Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo created 182 works of art during his lifetime. But there’s another Michelangelo giving him a run for his money.

Eight-year-old artist Michelangelo Rizal Maharlika, or Milo, was born in Hawaiʻi and now lives in Thailand with his parents Daisy and Ajax. During the pandemic, his parents challenged him to do one drawing a day. Now, he’s making his art pieces available as non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.

The Conversation spoke with Milo and his mom Daisy about his latest venture into digital art — and how art can help us talk about difficult things.

You can find Milo’s work as NFTs online on the OpenSea platform. Proceeds from Milo’s NFTs will go to the charity Aim4TheHeart, which works to promote emotional literacy among kids through art.

This interview aired on The Conversation on March 7, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

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