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No Hands, No Limits: Realistic Portraits With No Hands



"Despite being born without arms, I was not afraid to live my own great life" that's how Kędzierski started introducing himself


Polish artist Mariusz Kędzierski, 23 years old, won the best global artist award in Vienna. Also his portraits were sold in many countries, from the USA, Britain to South Korea. His drawing was on a CD cover in the United States.

Kędzierski is a great prove that an amazing artist don't need hands, all he need is an amazing talent and determination!

Q: When did you start drawing and how did it happen, how did you learn?

A: I started drawing over 7 years ago, after my last surgery.

I'm self-taught, but I used to study at the Academy of Art and Design for only 3 months.


Q: What were the effects of the decision of being an artist in your life?

A: People around me were talking about that this profession won't get me money and I should do another thing, drawing should be just my hobby not as a career; it was a difficult decision to be an artist, despite my disability. Now I know that nothing is impossible for me.



Q: Do you remember your first drawing?

A: I can't remember, but one of my first was a portrait of my nephew and it was bad.


Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a portrait artist?

A: I realized that about a year after I started doing it.

Q: How many portraits did you draw till now?

A: I didn't count it, but I think it's about 600 or 700 portraits.


Q: How long does it take to draw a portrait?

A: It depends on the size and other things, but it takes not less than 20 hours. My personal record is almost 100 hours working on one piece!


Q: Specifically, how do you get yourself inspired and motivated?

A: I was motivated when I saw Nick Vujicic for the first time on the internet.

Now I believe in myself and can motivate myself, because I love what I do.



Q: What is the "Mariusz draws" project and how has it been received?

A: "Mariusz Draws" (in Polish "Mariusz Rysuje") is an artistic and motivational project, to travel around the world and draw on the streets, talk to people who I meet in the largest cities. I wanted to inspire people through doing many things with no arms. I met thousands of people who were talking with me, asking questions, crying and smiling. That was an amazing feeling for me.


Q: Tell us about the best Global artist award?

A: It was the 2nd Prize Best Global Artist Award in Vienna (2013) by Global Art Agency. That was my greatest success in life.


Q: What's the biggest risk you've taken as an artist?

A: The decision of being an artist!


Q: What are your short-term and long-term artistic goals?

A: My next goal is my solo exhibition in NYC which I have been preparing for. After, I would like to have another exhibition in Asia, that's my dream.


Q: If you can inspire people in one sentence what will it be?

A: Life is like food - it has the term of validity. So don't waste your time and let your dreams come true.








Written by: Ayat Elgezery

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