Artist Paints Stunning Portraits On His Fingernails



Wacky artist M. Narahari has become renowned for his unique portraits – painted on his own especially grown FINGERNAILS. For the past 22 years, the 40-year-old has been growing his nails to a particular size, cutting and storing them – before painting brilliantly intricate images on them.

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The art teacher, from India, is an inspiration for his students who want to pursue his style of painting.I began to grow the nails of my thumb and little finger, and suddenly it occurred to me that I could paint on them. Thus began my hobby,” the Fine Arts graduate recalls.

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Soon, he decided to paint on his own nails and become the first to do so to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Narahari, who also teaches art at a private school, allows the nails on his left hand to grow for up to two years. So far, he has stored away 85 well-grown nails, besides painting most of them.


Apart from portraits, he has also depicted vivid sceneries and monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal and the Charminar on nails.

Though he also paints larger canvasses, nail care has become an integral part of his life – be it positioning the arm while asleep or changing the grip so as not to break the nails. “I refrain from hard work, too.Sometimes cracks do develop on nails, but I glue them up quickly. I take calcium tablets once or twice a month, so that the nails grow strong.”

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