What this 11-year-old artist says about his career and family will touch you
The 11-year-old inspired by Arinze and Michelangelo Kareem Waris Olamilekan is a young Nigerian artist inspired by the artists Michelangelo and Arinze Stanley Egbengwu. He told BBC Africa’s What’s New programme about his artistic journey.
Olamilekan started drawing before the age of six according to him.
Below is his full-text interview with BBC Africa:
“I started drawing before the age of six at school.
Am Kareem Waris Olamilekan and I’m an artist. I draw with all my friends. I draw cartoons, comics. I draw illustrations from textbooks and Newspapers.
I draw hyperrealism pence work. I get inspirations from something going on around me, especially my family.
I want to be like Arinze, and Michelangelo. I want to see myself among the great artists in museums.
My best work is this (he pointed to an artwork behind him) because of the title ‘Daily Bread’. That’s the sweat and tears. In my family, we work hard before we put food in our mouths, before we eat.
That is what inspires me.” He said
“I want to see myself among the great artists in museums”.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) June 29, 2018