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Hyper-Realistic Portraits by Artist Born without Hands

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Mariusz Kędzierski Draws Us In with His Story and His Artwork

My Mom 2015 by Mariusz Kedzierski

He’s only 23 years old, but he is already making a name for himself with his hyper-realistic portraits. Mariusz Kędzierski fell in love with art at 3 and his works are done in pencil. But there is nothing simple about Mariusz or his drawings.

Mariusz was born without hands. But he didn’t let that stop him. He figured out a way to draw and paint. It seemed he was unstoppable in his quest to be an artist. Then when he was 12 his health made it impossible for him to continue. For 3 years he not able to create his art.

Fortunately, after a successful surgery in 2008 he was able to once again pick up his pencil. And he appears to be making up for lost time. 15,000 hours over the last 7 years have gone into 700 hyper-realistic portraits. That roughly translates to 6 hours of drawing every day–7 days a week, 365 days a year!

“Each drawing takes me more than 20 hours,” Kędzierski said. “But if you want to be the best, you have to practice, and you can not look for any excuses.”

Mariusz Kedzierski artist born without hands

Mariusz is self-taught and has won prizes and sold several of his portraits. He also travels the world while drawing–inspiring others to live their lives to the fullest, despite any perceived limitations.

“It is not difficult to be an artist or whoever you want to be if you truly believe that you want to do it. Then nothing stops you,” he said. “For me, a disability doesn’t mean that I can’t live my own, great life.”

This young man has a bright future ahead of him, whether he chooses to continue pursuing his art for a profession or not. He has the skills and the determination, certainly, and the attitude necessary to succeed at anything he puts his heart to.

Thanks Mariusz, for reminding us to keep practicing and to follow our dreams.

Thanks to Elyse Wanshel, The Huffington Post for the original article, which you can read here.

If you want to learn more about Mariusz and his work, be sure to check out his Facebook page.

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