Mariusz Konrad Kędzierski is a 23-year-old Polish artist living in Świdnica. He has been nurturing his talent to draw and paint since he was three. At first glance you might wonder exactly what it is that is spectacular about this work. Sure, there’s a high level of technique and an incredible amount of detail but there’s something else to it. And then you learn that he has created his oeuvre with no arms.
“But for me disability doesn’t mean that I can’t live my own, great life. It doesn’t mean that I have to forget my dreams… Since that time I have drawn over 700 drawings that took me 15,000 hours,” says Kędzierski.
Kędzierski is mostly self-taught but has studied at The E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw at the faculty of Interior Design. He is a ward of the Polish Association of Janusz Korczak and has received second prize for Best Global Artist Award in Vienna in October 2013. Most of his drawings, which are shown in exhibitions and sold all over the world, are portraits.
His newest series has been done throughout his travels through Europe. “I was working on the streets of Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Barcelona, Marseille, Venice, Rome, and Athens… I want to inspire people, show them that all the limits are in our heads.”
With online videos showing everything from Kędzierski going about his day-to-day (driving!) and a rising social media following (nearly 36K on Facebook), Kędzierski’s work and his journey is significantly influencing and encouraging artists at all stages of life and career.
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