Carl Lewis Nyasore started painting a very young age, basically not to long ago. He always knew that he was going to be an artist, especially with a mother that filled their home in Meru with her own illustrations.
Gaining popularity on social media, balancing school and art. Carl would seem like your typical 22 year old but he isn’t. Submitting his favorite piece with no intention of making it on the Safaricom calendar. Submitting it due to peer pressure in fact, has changed the way he views his own talents. H e has a confidence in his ability and a young, fresh new way of distributing it.
While in School, Carl was so nervous his father wouldn’t let him pursue art so he worked extra hard on his studies. He was quietly sketching on anything he could get his hands on, practicing by drawing portraits of his friends.
Soft spoken, with a talent that is so bold. Carl does not limit himself to just one medium of art. Ready to experiment, push himself to learn new ways of bringing life to his art. He gravitates back to a mixture of pencil and charcoal.
I used to ask my dad “Why aren’t my drawing moving like the ones on T.V?”
Carl went on to teach himself animation. Practicing what he learnt on youtube, asking friends that knew what they were doing until he was proud enough to call himself an animator. “I bring my friends stories to life, we have them on my youtube channel.” Carl wants to make a huge difference in society, breaking the perception that you need a lot of money to not only make art but purchase it as well.
“Why can’t someone in the slums have art in their home? Why can’t the also see what the rich see? I want to get to the point where my art will be free for anyone to experience art. ”
Carl has big plans for his future. After a friend went through a very tough time, he and his friends decided to take action and use their talents to make life a little happier. “My friend overcame cancer and I used to draw her and it brought her joy.” Now he and his friends want to go to hospitals and draw with the children. Getting the project started has been difficult due to certain government officials taking advantage but Carl is hopeful. Donation for materials and materials are always welcome.
With safaricom putting #Kenyaoncanvas, it has given a voice to artists of all ages. Carl was so grateful for the confirmation that his art is at a level where the people he looks up to can respect. When you cheer for yourself for so long you tend to forget how good you actually are, what direction your going and that turns to fear and disappointment. Carl is the youngest artist in a catalogue of brilliant artist, (you can see the rest at This is my Kenya) but his talent will age gracefully.
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