11-year-old artist creating hyper-real drawings

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Waris Kareem works from a makeshift studio in Lagos

Waris Kareem works from a makeshift studio in Lagos

An 11-year-old artist is creating waves with his unique creations in Nigeria.

From a makeshift studio in a poor neighbourhood in Lagos, Waris Kareem produces incredibly life-like works of art.

This 11-year-old from Nigeria is producing life-like works of art pic.twitter.com/bLK9LFjN1x

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 28, 2018

He began drawing at the age six.

At eight, he turned professional, becoming the youngest professional artist in Nigeria.

Waris said: “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.”

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