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He’s been hailed the pint-sized Picasso, capturing the imagination of the art world, and this toddler is fetching tens of thousands of dollars for his paintings.

He may only be two-years-old but Laurent Schwarz, from Germany, has already amassed an impressive portfolio of artwork, and buyers are scrambling to get their hands on his paintings.

Laurent Schwarz

He has reportedly sold some of his paintings for around $14,000, but his mum says one of his pieces has received a bid of US$148,000.

And it all started with a family holiday to Italy late last year.

“There was a painting room in the hotel and we couldn’t get him out of it,” his 32-year-old mum Lisa told PEOPLE. “Just before Christmas we set up a studio for him and he was in it all the time.”

He now creates abstract paintings of elephants, dinosaurs and horses, with some of his works attracting thousands of inquiries. And he’s also got a big social media following, with more than 40,000 fans on Instagram. He also has his own website, where art lovers can purchase his work.

Laurent Schwarz

Laurent Schwarz

“It’s totally up to him when and what he paints,” Lisa told The Times. “Sometimes he doesn’t feel like painting and doesn’t set foot in his studio for three or four weeks but then suddenly it grabs him and he says, ‘Mama, painting.’ ”

What do you think of this modern-day Picasso? Let us know in the comments below. 

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  • Very cool, but I’m not sure I have the eye for art

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  • Good on him! I wonder if I can sell my sons scribbles….

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  • I love how he uses different tools to create his paintings!
    I personally wouldn’t buy one, especially for the price tag as I prefer the more quietly quirky style of art over this style but I do hope his parents are putting that money into a bank account for him, to invest in his future.

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  • The child does have creativity and colour sense at a very young age, but mum and dad I feel do also have the gift of salesmanship to promote their son to this degree. Good on them fpr being entrepreneurs and making money while the sun shines so to speak.

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  • They are colourful but I wouldn’t pay that sort of money for them. I don’t really see the hype in abstract painting.

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  • It’s lovely he can express himself so freely in his paintings :)

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  • It’s fantastic that he has shown a love for painting. But clearly some people have more $ than they know what to do with. They are ridiculous amounts to pay.

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  • Very impressive! Good on him and his parents for jumping onto this! Wow

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  • If they bring you joy, great. Creativity is a great thing. I like some of them, others not so much. Art is art, good, bad, mediocre, it’s up to you. Sometimes the art is in convincing other people it is art worthy of a big price tag – the art of BS! But honestly, if the kid enjoys making it, and someone likes it enough to want to live with it, that’s to be celebrated.

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  • It really makes you wonder if any child could do the same. What sets his artworks apart from anything else? Amazing that his parents were able to help him market this.

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  • Just amazing. Talent at such a young age.

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  • Gosh ive seen some paintings sold in store and these were no different. Good on him!

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  • Missed opportunity with our toddlers! ???? who would’ve thought there’d be a demand. However his paintings are better than some ‘art’

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  • Probably makes me a philistine, but I wouldn’t pay that for these drawings or paintings.

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  • 148k? Wow… maybe I should stop throwing my kids painings out ????

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  • lol those prices are insane just for kids art. Good for the kid though I guess.

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  • I think it’s impressive and love it !

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  • Being creative and painting is wonderful.


    • Everyone can create their own works of art.

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  • This seems more like good marketing than real talent, TBH. Good luck to them.

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  • I would love to know who these people with deep pockets are. The first two paintings are nice, but the light blue background one looks like a kids picture. Not something worth a hefty price tag imo.

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