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Offbeat Meet Kareem Waris Olamilekan, the 11-year-old artist whose drawings are getting worldwide recognition

09:21  10 july  2018
09:21  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The 11 - year - old is gaining worldwide recognition after drawing a hyperrealistic portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron in just two hours. Kareem Waris Olamilekan is a young Nigerian artist inspired by the works of Michelangelo and fellow portraitist Arinze Stanley Egbengwu.

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- The 11-year-old is gaining worldwide recognition after drawing a hyperrealistic portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron in just two hours.

- Olamilekan creates his work from a makeshift art studio in a poor neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kareem Waris Olamilekan, an 11-year-old boy living in Lagos, Nigeria, has blown away the art world with his hyperrealistic portraits and skilled drawings. And Olamilekan recently drew the praise of French President Emmanuel Macron during the latter’s visit to Fela Kuti's New Africa Shrine in Lagos on Tuesday, July 3.

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- The 11 - year - old is gaining worldwide recognition after drawing a hyperrealistic portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron in just two hours. - Olamilekan creates his work from a makeshift art studio in a poor neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria. Kareem Waris Olamilekan , an 11 - year - old boy

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Olamilekan, who says he draws inspiration from artists like Michelangelo and fellow Nigerian portraitist Arinze Stanley Egbengwu, managed to produce a stunning portrait of Macron in just two hours.

Olamilekan works from a makeshift art studio in a poor neighborhood in Lagos, where he primarily uses pencil to create incredibly detailed portraits of friends, family, and notable figures, according to My Modern Met. He also occasionally incorporates ballpoint pen, paint, and pastels into his drawings.

Pen drawing of @olodumare91 I am waspa the bitty artist ...it's in me. Happy Friday... Happy weekend

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- The 11 - year - old is gaining worldwide recognition after drawing a hyperrealistic portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron in just two hours. - Olamilekan creates his work from a makeshift art studio in a poor neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria. Kareem Waris Olamilekan , an 11 - year - old boy

Kareem Waris Olamilekan is a young Nigerian artist inspired by the works of Michelangelo and fellow portraitist Arinze Stanley Egbengwu. - The 11 - year - old is gaining worldwide recognition after drawing a hyperrealistic portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron in just two hours.

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Olamilekan, also known as Waspa, talked to India’s DD News about the meaning behind what he calls his "best work," "Daily Bread," shown below.

"The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family," Olamilekan told DD News. "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."

I am waspa the bitty artist. It's in Me. GOOD MORNING

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Olamilekan attends the local Ayowole Academy of Art, created by graduate art student Adeniyi Adewole.

"He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations because I believe with what he has been doing, he's going somewhere greater," Adewole told DD News. "We used to tell him don't see yourself like a roadside artist. Believe you can have a name like Michelangelo, like [Leonardo] da Vinci."

Self portrait I also drew in year (2017) I am waspa the bitty artist It's in me #selfportrait #andinkrasymbol #ayowoleartacademy

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And if Olamilekan has anything to say about it, that’s exactly what will happen.

"I want to see myself among the great artists, in museums," he told BBC Africa’s "What's New?" program.

Check out more examples of Olamilekan’s work on his Instagram page.

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