Wielding a weapon made of dollar bills, tackling Barack Obama, challenging George Soros to an arm wrestle -- Donald Trump is the hero of a Tirana art show by an Albanian painter who considers the US president an "idol".

Wielding a weapon made of dollar bills, tackling Barack Obama, challenging George Soros to an arm wrestle -- Donald Trump is the hero of a Tirana art show by an Albanian painter who considers the US president an "idol".

A visitor to the exhibition contemplates Delvina's highly individual take on Trump's rapprochement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un / © AFP

The 61-year-old artist, Avni Delvina, says the work is his response to international media's broadly negative reaction to the Republican president's unorthodox approach to politics.

"It is the product of two years of work from my strong anger about the reactionary attack on Trump," Delvina told AFP, describing the former reality TV star and real estate tycoon as a "free spirit".

Delvina sees his idol as a warrior in the fight against "fake news" / © AFP

The art exhibit in Tirana, titled "The Donald", showcases nearly 50 Trump-inspired paintings, including one with First Lady Melania sitting in for Mona Lisa.

When asked to explain his adulation of Trump, Delvina cites a George Orwell quote: "In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

Opposite a painting of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton 'The Donald' this time is cast as sporting hero, clutching not a mere ball but the whole globe / © AFP

Although the US president is routinely accused of flubbing the facts, the artist sees him as a brave warrior in a fight against "fake news" -- a label Trump likes to use against critical media.

'The Donald' is here depicted in crucified 'Christlike' pose against a backdrop of the Stars and Stripes / © AFP

There is a strong pro-US sentiment in much of Albania, where American flags are a common sight.

After Trump's shock electoral victory in 2016, a town in central Albania renamed a boulevard in his honour.