Two-and-a-half-year-old impressionist painter sells artwork for up to £8.4K

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Meet the two-and-a-half-year-old impressionist painter who has sold pieces for up to £8.4K (€10K)

Laurent Schwarz has been painting crazy ever since he visited the Hotel Feuerstein in South Tyrol, Italy in November last year.

The hotel had a painting room for kids and Laurent's mum Lisa Schwarz, 32, couldn't get him out of it.

Not long after their trip, proud mum Lisa started an Instagram account to share his son's artwork - not thinking anything of it.

But the videos quickly went viral and Lisa has since been inundated with requests from people all over the world wanting to buy Laurent's creations.

In the last six months, Laurent managed to complete 21 paintings, 19 of which have sold.

Most sold for around £6K (€7,000) with one painting going for £8,4K (€10,000)

Lisa, from Neubeuern, Germany, said:" I had no idea that these videos, some of which have 5m views, would be so popular.

"There are so many requests for Laurent's pictures from all over the world.

"Everyone wants to buy his pictures and some people are offering unimaginable sums.

"On average we have gotten between €6,000 and €7,000 for his paintings.

"We are keeping our prices stable even though the demand is very high but we could make a lot more.

"We want Laurent's paintings to be able to hang in homes all over the world."

Laurent's two remaining paintings have garnered extreme interest with both attracting six figure bids.

Lisa even had to create a waiting list for future paintings and auction houses have been in contact to offer their services.

Lisa is very clear that Laurent only paints when and if he wants to.

If he decides one day that he doesn't want to paint anymore, there will be no pressure from her or Laurent's father, Phillip Schwarz, to carry on.

Lisa said: "Sometimes he paints twice a day and sometimes he doesn't paint at all for two weeks.

"He has to want to do it and that varies from day to day. After all, he's only two years old.

"If at some point he doesn't feel like drawing anymore then that's it and it's one click and the Instagram channel is deleted."

All of the money generated from the sales will be placed into a fund which Laurent can access when he turns 18.