Young Nigerian artist's astonishingly lifelike paintings go viral

2/1/2018 12:58:00 PM

Tehran(KNA) : They look like photos - but these are actually incredibly realistic paintings.

Silas Onoja, 23, is from a town called Makurdi in central Nigeria.

The river Benue runs through his town, and is the setting for most of his recent work.

After posting some of his paintings on Twitter, Silas gained over 40,000 likes.

“Hi, I'm Silas Onoja, a Nigerian artist.

 Sharing some detailing progress of my painting.

And a whole lot of praise”.

Silas started drawing as a child just for fun. Eventually, he went on to study Fine Art at a college in Nigeria.

“My works are based on real life experience, the primary message my works carries is a message of HOPE, now we are living in a time where people really don't care about what goes on and sometimes they don't even believe in themselves.

So, I try relating my paintings to that, you can see the facial expressions of the figures in most of my pieces.”

Source: indy100

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