Arinze Stanley Wins 'World's Best Self Portrait' At 2017 American Art Awards

Every year for the American Art Awards, the 25 best galleries in the country vote on 50 different categories – from fashion to portraiture – for art submitted from all around the world. 

This year, for the 'World's Best Self Portrait' category, the winner was none other than Nigerian hyperrealistic artist, Arinze Stanley, coming out on top against USA's Mano Sotelo, Sweden's Susanne Persson, Taiwan's Lynn Chen and more.

Arinze Stanley's winning self-portrait (Photo: Harinzeyart/Instagram)

Arinze Stanley is popular for using only charcoal and graphite pencils to create portraits so realistic you'll have a hard time believing they aren't actually photographs. His first big break came when his impressive drawing of president Muhammadu Buhari went viral.

Speaking with iRuqayya about his massive success, Arinze said:

"I won't consider myself successful just yet, because everyday I draw is a journey for me. I see my art as a competition between me and myself.

So hopefully I'll just keep practicing as I always do to get better at what I do."

You can check out the rest of Arinze's work on his Instagram.

(Photo: Harinzeyart/Instagram)

(Photo: Harinzeyart/Instagram)

(Photo: Harinzeyart/Instagram)

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