Syria's five-year-old artist holds solo exhibition

Is this Syria's youngest artist?

Five-year-old Rayan al-Abed has just held a solo exhibition

Location: Damascus

He started painting at the age of two

and picked up the hobby from his grandfather

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RAYAN'S GRANDFATHER, BASHIR BASHIR, SAYING: "He is a child who paints anything that comes to his mind. He gets the percentages right but still cannot replicate because he has not reached this phase yet. He knows how to differentiate colors, for example he uses two colors for faces. When I ask him why he says this face has light from one side and is dark from the other side. I mean he knows shadows and lights but in his own way."

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