Guinness World Records recognized one-year-old Ace-Liam Nana Sam Ankrah from Ghana as the world’s youngest male artist.

Last Monday, he officially became the record holder. To qualify, Ace-Liam showcased his work in a professional exhibition at the Museum of Science and Technology in Accra He sold nine out of ten paintings, including one commissioned by Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who attended the event.

According to the media, Ace-Liam, who will turn two in July, is preparing to host an auction after already selling 15 paintings. Little Ace-Liam began his artistic journey at an exceptionally early age. His mother, Ms. Chantelle, an artist herself, noticed his talent. She observed his interest in painting when he was just six months old.

Ms. Chantelle explained that as the toddler was learning to crawl, she spread a piece of unstretched canvas on the floor and dropped some paint on it to keep him occupied while she worked on a commission painting.

Mr Ace-Liam’s love for painting is a genuine passion that brings him joy and fulfilment, his mother revealed. She shared that the toddler loved the “feel of the paint on his hands”, adding that it is a “fun and creative outlet for him, and he enjoys the freedom to explore and create without limitations.”

Since he could talk, the toddler has been eager to paint. Ms. Chantelle says his paintings reflect his feelings and surroundings rather than specific messages. His painting sessions are spontaneous; he chooses the canvas size and colors and then starts painting, sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes longer. When he’s satisfied with his work, he says, “Mama, finish,” according to media.

Now, his family wants to nurture his artistic talent through quality education and is exploring international scholarships and opportunities to sell his artwork globally.