Kareem Waris Olamilekan is only 11 years old, but he has already been accepted to an art academy where he studies together with adult students. And there is nothing surprising about that. He draws amazing portraits that really deserve to be shown in the best galleries in the world.
We at Bright Side were shocked when we saw Kareem’s work and we’re excited to tell you about this amazing kid.
Kareem was born in Nigeria into a regular family. He started drawing at the age of 6 and since then it has been his favorite thing. When Kareem was 8 years old, his family moved into a new house. Near his house, the boy saw a student of Ayowole Art Vocational Academy that was drawing. This is when the young artist realized that he had to enter this academy too.
Kareem showed his painting to a professor from Ayowole and he had no doubt that the boy deserved to enter the Academy. This was how the talented boy started drawing professionally.
When you look at Kareem’s works, it’s hard to understand how an 11-year-old boy who, until recently, had never had any drawing lessons could draw with such precision.
Kareem draws graffiti, comics, cartoons, and creates illustrations for books and newspapers. But what he likes most is drawing with a pencil in the genre of hyperrealism. According to the young artist, he draws inspiration from everything that happens around him, especially his family.
Self-portraits Kareem drew in 2017
Now, Kareem is famous. He has over 30,000 subscribers on his Instagram page and he is still a normal boy. He helps his family and often draws portraits of his friends.
Kareem loves this picture more than any of his others. It shows a boy eating something from a spoon. There are sweat and tears on his face.
“My family has to work hard in order to make sure we have something to eat. This really inspires me,” Kareem explains.
Kareem’s family doesn’t live a very rich life right now and he doesn’t even have enough money to make his creative dreams come true. His parents and his mentor pay for the materials for his drawings, but it’s not enough.
Kareem thinks that the government of Nigeria should help and extend more rights and opportunities for the younger generations. The boy thinks that the government could assign special people to visit even the smallest villages in the country to look for talented people and help them to develop.
The young artist dreams of becoming a great person like Michelangelo and wants to see his paintings in galleries — among the works of famous artists.
We think that the boy’s dreams can easily come true. Do you agree with us?
Preview photo credit kareem waris / instagram, kareem waris / instagram