Some drawings look so lifelike you would never guess they were drawn. This is the art of hyperrealism, and amazing young African artists are actively making their mark in this field. They are hyper-talented, and their artwork will blow your mind.
You may have seen some of their art pieces on the internet and come across their creative journey stories as well.
Here are some of the incredibly skilled and talented hyperrealist artists from Africa taking the art world by storm.
Kareem Warris Olamilekan:
Kareem Olamilekan is a student of the Ayowole Academy of Art in Nigeria founded by graduate art student Adeniyi Adewole. The 12-year-old, also known as Waspa, describes himself as the “bitty artist.”
His talent caught the attention of French president Macron during his two-day visit to Nigeria. Olamilekan sketched a hyperrealist portrait of Macron in two hours while waiting for the president to arrive at the cultural showcase for the launch of the Season of African Cultural Season, slated for France in 2020. Nigerian singer, Banky W, who was the event host, presented the portrait to an emotional Macron.
This young talent revealed that Michelangelo and fellow Nigerian portraitist Arinze Stanley Egbengwu inspired him. He creates his art in an improvised studio in Lagos. Olamilekan mostly uses pencil and charcoal as mediums for creating portraits that are not only hyperrealistic but also deeply reflective of his environment. Occasionally, he adds ballpoint pen, paint, and pastels to his array of mediums for creating. This determined young artist is heading to great places.