Nigeria has become an aboard of talents and it cannot be over emphasized. During the visit of the president of France in Nigeria, he was stunned by the drawing of a young Nigerian boy, Kareem Waris Olamilekan.
Kareem Waris Olamilekan, who lives in Lagos, shot to fame because of his incredible artistic talent. He is one of the youngest members of Nigeria’s hyper-realist art scene.
This type of drawing is one that is a hand-drawn art that resembles high resolution photography.
Ask about how he got his inspiration from, Olamilekan has said Michelangelo and Arinze Stanley Egbengwu were his inspiration. When it comes to individual pieces.
he draws on his surroundings to personal experiences.
“The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family. The sweat on it symbolises hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolises food. Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats,” he said of his thought process behind one grayscale drawing of a boy eating from a spoon.
His artistic journey started when he was six years old and began producing work of a professional status at the age of eight.
Adeniyi Adewole, who teaches Olamilekan at the arts academy in Lagos, said: “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.”
Olamilekan has aspirations for his art to be displayed in museums around the world and his artwork is already in the possession of a high profile international figure.