Young Nigerian artist has great future


Eleven-year-old Waris Kareem has been honing his 'hyper-realism' fine art skills since he was six-years-old.



LAGOS, Nigeria -  An 11-year-old Nigerian boy&39;s life-like artworks are causing a stir.

Waris Kareem has been honing his &39;hyper-realism&39; fine art skills since he was six-years-old and draws on his personal experiences when producing art. A good example is his work titled, "Daily Bread".

"The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family," said Kareem.

"The sweat on it symbolises hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolises food. Everybody in my society has little now. On my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats."

Kareem operates from a makeshift studio in a poor Lagos neighbourhood and is hoping to sketch his way out of poverty.

he hopes that one day his works will be displayed in museums around the world.

His teacher, Adenyi Adewole, says Kareem is one of his most gifted pupils.

"He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations because I believe with what he has been doing, he&39;s going somewhere greater," Said Adewole.