Ava Halvai
Published April 8, 2022

Ava Halvai is the founder of ARTXV, the first non-fungible token (NFT) collective for disabled, neurodivergent artists; ARTXV amplifies the work of the disabled community on Web3 and blockchain.

Halvai’s work began after she attempted unsuccessfully to have her older sister, Tara, an autistic and nonverbal artist, recognized for her artwork. She set out to create an alternative and accessible space for disabled artists, which became ARTXV. With her sister, Halvai helps disabled artists use NFTs as a pathway toward empowerment, recognition and payment.

ARTXV collaborates with businesses and organizations to further disability inclusion in the blockchain space. They are the first neurodiversity collective to collaborate with Google Arts & Culture to showcase the work of neurodivergent artists.

Halvai is earning her master’s of science in computer science at Queen Mary University of London. She earned her bachelor’s of science in biochemistry and a master’s in genetics at University College London.

An Iranian woman smiles at the camera against the background of a wall of graffiti.

Courtesy of Ava Halvai

Pronouns: she/her

Expertise: Art NFTs, blockchain, disabled artists, computer science, disability inclusion

Location: London, U.K.

Email: avahalvai@gmail.com 

Twitter: @artxvnft and @avahalvai

Instagram: @artxvnft

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