Young black talent should never go unrecognized. That's why everyone should get into the artwork of Kareem Waris Olamilekan, an 11-year-old artist from Nigeria whose life-like work is garnering the attention of folks from his community and French President Emmanuel Macron.
MEET 10YEAR OLD NIGERIAN ARTIST KAREEM WARIS WHO IS SO SO TALENTED .. Take a look at some of his works
???????????? @TrendsOfNigeria pic.twitter.com/gE8bMc6SWV— YBLNigeria (@yblnigeria) April 18, 2018
This young genius' name is Waris Kareem. You'll be seeing a lot more of him. https://t.co/iVjWv0o5dA— Torraine Walker (@TorraineWalker) July 8, 2018
Olamilekan actually met with Macron last week in Lagos to showcase his work:
France President @EmmanuelMacron meets 11-year-old hyperrealist, Kazeem Waris Olamilekan who drew his portrait in 2 hours.
Wow!!! ????????????#CelebrateAfricanCulture #MacronAtNewAfrikaShrine pic.twitter.com/Qdr9FIlMab— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) July 4, 2018
Describing his art as "hyper-realism," Olamilekan began drawing at 6-years-old, and advanced to professional status at the age of 8, when he became the youngest professional artist in Nigeria, according to DD News.
Naturally, the young artist uses his family and surroundings as his inspiration.
"The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family. The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food. Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats," said Olamilekan.
"He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations, because I believe with what he has been doing, he's going somewhere greater. We used to tell him don't see yourself like a roadside artist. Believe you can have a name like Michelangelo, like Davinci," said Adeniyi Adewole, who teaches Olamilekan and other young artists at an arts academy in Lagos.
Olamilekan hopes his works will be displayed in international museums and that his name will be well-known for years to come. Looks like he's on the right path.
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