There are always those lucky people who’ve already realized their dreams at a young age. One of those people is 17-year-old Dusan Krtolica from Serbia who started drawing at the age of two. While most artists train to hone their skills, Krtolica is a child prodigy who was born with exceptional drawing skills.
To date, he has already held six solo exhibitions and even made some TV appearances to talk about his works. At the age of 13, he was able to write and illustrate an encyclopedia of the prehistoric world. Now, he’s looking for a new publisher for the English version of his Encyclopedia of Prehistoric Animals.
Meet 18-year-old Dusan Krtolica from Serbia who started drawing at the age of two.
“My name is Dusan Krtolica, I am 16 years old and I live in Serbia. Drawing is my greatest passion, and I find my inspiration in nature. I am mostly fascinated by animals and their great diversity, as well as their amazing ability to adapt to living in many different environments.”
“I started drawing when I was 2 years old. To this day, I had 6 solo exhibitions and participated in many TV shows where I talked about my work. When I was 13 years old I wrote and illustrated an encyclopedia of the prehistoric world, which has been published in my country. My book has already been translated into English and I am still looking for a new publisher.”
“There is a huge interest in my work, so I am selling my drawings across the world. What I am most happy about is that all my customers also became my friends.”
“My artwork from 2011, when I was 8 years old”
He has memorized all the geological eras, from the Cryptic to the Cenozoic, and knows which animals roamed the Earth in each.
He can reel off the names of all 65 species of primate from memory and, according to Oddity Central, memorised the most comprehensive encyclopedia of animals in just three weeks after his parents bought it for him.
He has had three solo national exhibitions, two of which took place before he was eight, and uses up 500 sheets of paper a week making sketches of animals, both living and extinct, and knights.
“My drawing at 9 years old”
“My drawing at 10 years old”
He said: ‘I would have studied animals and published a book about them, but I’m going to draw all of them.’
Despite his artistic talent Dusan, who studies at Laza Kostic in New Belgrade, says he wants to be a zoologist when he grows up.
The Serbian prodigy’s talents are similar to those of Kieron Williamson, the British youngster dubbed the Mini-Monet for his skill using oil paints.
“My drawing at 12 years old”
“A piece called “The Labors of Hercules” I drew when I was 13 years old”
Williamson sold out his first exhibition aged six, now his artworks are in demand from buyers around the world, selling for up to £35,000 each.
Last year his total sales broke the £1.5 million mark, with one exhibition earning £250,000 in 20 minutes.
Kieron’s talent was discovered on a trip to Cornwall when he painted a coastal scene. Within a year, word of his gift had spread across the globe.