A physically disabled street artist in Chongqing, known for his reproductions of famous artwork created with chalk and charcoal, attracts fascinated pedestrians as well as professional artists with his amazing sketches. Watch as he creates this beautiful rendering of ‘Mona Lisa’ and proves himself to be one of the most humble street artists featured on the Web since that painting elephant.
The 52-year-old man named Cong Langui, who comes from Shandong Province, was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 16, leading to the amputation of one of his legs.
After surgery, he picked up the hobby of painting, and now spends nearly every day creating reproductions of historic artwork.
Each of his street paintings takes more than eight hours to complete, with the ‘Mona Lisa’ being one of his favorite to recreate.
“The ‘Mona Lisa’ is one of the most classic portraits in the world. Her smile has enchanted many people, including me. I start by drawing sketches and then adding color using chalk,” Cong said.
“But I’ve still been unable to recreate her smile,” he added.
The incredibly talented Cong still doesn’t consider himself to be an artist, and hopes to travel to an art academy one day to refine his skill and display his work.