The kid’s a pint-sized Picasso.
Mikail Akar is just 7-years-old but already his work is selling for tens of thousands of dollars and being compared to the most legendary expressionist painters.
Born in Cologne, Germany, in 2012, Akar has been painting since he was 4, when he was given a canvas and hand-printing paints for his birthday — as well as toy cars and action figures, writes the Daily Mail. The German tot has since invaded the international art world with his abstract work, which is said to look like Jackson Pollock’s.
Recently, the young painter collaborated with soccer star Manuel Neuer on a piece that sold for over $ 12,000. And he boasts more than 46,000 Instagram followers.
“He only paints when he wants to. Sometimes that is once a week, sometimes once a month,” his father, 38-year-old Kerem Akar, tells the Agence France-Presse. “The first picture looked fantastic, and I thought at first that my wife had painted it.”
When Mikail continued to produce brilliant canvases, though, his father realized it was no coincidence: The boy had talent.
“The balance and harmony of the composition — I wouldn’t expect that from a child,” German photographer Arina Dähnick tells AFP.
“As long as he has someone supporting him and not exploiting him, then he has a great future ahead of him,” adds Berlin gallery director Diana Achtzig.
At a recent gallery presentation in Berlin, one woman was rendered “speechless,” when she was told the artist wasn’t even in middle school yet.
As for the pint-sized Picasso, his muses include Michael Jackson and Jean-Michel Basquiat and, as far as technique goes, he wears his daddy’s boxing gloves to punch paint onto canvasses.
Despite being a successful artist at such a young age, Mikail thinks he may have sports in his future.
“When I’m older, I want to be a football player,” Mikail tells AFP. “Painting is quite tiring for me. Sometimes it can take a long time … especially with boxing gloves.”
His dad says that there’s no pressure on the child to paint for any longer than he’d like to.
“If it gets too much for him, we will intervene,” says Akar. “We turn down a lot of requests.”
Mikail’s next exhibition is in Cologne, followed by a show in Paris.