Wajid Khan (artist)

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Wajid Khan
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Wajid Khan
Born (1981-03-10) 10 March 1981 (age 37)
Songiri, Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Known forPainting, Drawing
Spouse(s)Maryam Siddiqui[1][2] (m.2010)

Wajid Khan (born 10 March 1981) is an Indian artist,[3][4] portraitist, sculptor, inventor and patent holder.[5] He has specialized in carving canvas with nails. Recognizing his outstanding nail art, Khan was named in the Guinness Book of World Records,[6] Limca Book of Records, and Asia Book of Records.[6][7][8][9][10]

Wajid Khan has been commissioned to design a unique sculpture for 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar.[11] One of his artworks is part of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official home of the President of India.[12][13]

Early life[edit]

Khan was born on 10 March 1981, in a small village Songiri in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh state of India. Currently, he lives in Indore.[14]



In 1995, at the age of 14 he invented the world's smallest electric iron.[15] After this invention, he went on to invent a water theft device and a centralized touch-activated switch for household appliances. He also created a painting on canvas, which was apparently world's first 3D painting. He has also created a robot and then again, in 2003 he invented a Light sensor & Gear Locking.[16]

From being a rugby player, animator and inventor, Wajid has also carved his niche in doing things differently. Now, he is a famous nail-portraist. Among his other works includes 200 of his inventions. He invented world's smallest 'electric-Iron', just when he was studying in V standard. It was named in the Guinness Book of World Records. He has been awarded three time by the late president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.[6]

Art with Iron Nail[edit]

Nail portrait of Mahatma Gandhi by Wajid Khan

Wajid Khan owns a patent[17] on nail art or nail painting,[5] in which iron nails are hammered into a hard acrylic sheet to create a pointillist-style image. In the year 2005 he completed his first nail painting of Mahatma Gandhi. It took him three years to finish it. He has also created Nail portraits of Mother Mary, Lord Jesus, Dhirubhai Ambani, Salman Khan, Raj Thackeray,[18] Rahul Gandhi, Sai Baba of Shirdi, Kaaba, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.[19][20]

On 17 February 2014 an exhibition of Wajid Khan's nail portraits was held in Mumbai, which was attended by Bollywood personalities like Dalip Tahil, Ashmit Patel, Chahat Khanna, and Seema Chauhan.[19]

Auto-parts sculpture[edit]

Detail of the racing horse wall sculpture

In 2014, Khan created a sculpture from junk and automobile spare parts depicting a racing horse with its jockey. The creation is made using spare parts of different vehicles like Mercedes Benz, Hero Honda, Passion Plus bike.[21][22]

Talking to Hindustan Times, Khan said,

Art with medical equipment[edit]

Wajid Khan not only used his art as medium to render happiness or express his emotions but he has also played a significant role in awakening the society. In 2014, he became a part of Save Girl Child campaign and with medical equipment he created an artifact of an innocent crying girl. This depicts that a scissor which is used in stitching the wounds, and a stethoscope which is used to measure heart beats, is often the reason for the death of an innocent. Wajid has fearlessly shown this reality with the help of medical equipment and has given a message to stop foeticide.[22]


  • Wajid Khan's 'Nail Art' was included in the Limca Book of Records.[24]
  • He invented world's smallest 'electric-Iron', just when he was studying in 5th standard. It was named in the Guinness Book of World Records.[6]
  • He has been awarded thrice by the former president APJ Abdul Kalam.[6]
  • In June 2012, Recognizing his outstanding 'Nail Art', Wajid Khan was named in the Golden Book of World Records (GBWR).[6]
  • He entered in India Book of Records for creating amazing real-like 3D portraits, including portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, Dhirubhai Ambani, Mother Mary and Jesus among others, by hammering iron nails on blank canvas. His portrait of Mahatma Gandhi took a total of eight months and 150,000 nails to get completed.[20]
  • On 4 November 2016, Wajid Khan was invited to deliver a lecture in Aligarh Muslim University,Aligarh organised by Sir Syed Minority Foundation of India and he also shared about his inspirational life story to Aligarh Muslim University students. He also nominated as lifetime member by Sir Syed Minority Foundation of India.[25][26]
  • On 8 March 2015, Wajid Khan was invited to deliver a lecture in IIM Indore, on the subject of Innovation in Management. He also shared his story to students from being a simple village boy to a record-holder nail-artist.[27][28][29]
  • He delivered a guest lecture at two-day Inter University Arts & Crafts Exhibition organized in Lovely Professional University.[30] Analyzing 800+ art-works of LPU students and from 200 other participating institutions displayed at the exhibition center, Wajid Khan forwarded important pieces of advice to the budding artists.[31]
  • Was invited as Guest of Honour at Manav Rachna International University's four-day premier architectural convention Zonal NASA 2016.[32]
  • In January 2017,Wajid Khan participated in the 2nd India Art Festival held in New Delhi, India.[33][34][35][36][37]


Reportedly, In April 2015, Wajid Khan was invited to interact with young artists in Automobile Art Festival, held in ITC Rajputana, Jaipur. He also took workshop for students.[38][39][40][41][42] On 13 August 2016 Wajid Khan was invited by WittyFeed in an organized event named 'One Independence day'.[43]

Social cause and philanthropy[edit]

In February 2016, Wajid Khan announced to donate Rs. 2 billion. to poor children.[44] A day before World Environment Day in June 2016, Wajid Khan painted the dried street trees in Indore and spread message to save environment.[45] Wajid Khan took workshop and taught spoon art to street children for free of cost so that they can earn money for living.[46][47][48]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Khatri, Tina (13 December 2016). "Milad-un-Nabi celebrated with fervour". The Free Press Journal.
  3. ^ "Wajid Khan: Once a footpath vendor, now among world's top creative artists". Siasat. 11 November 2016.
  4. ^ "आर्ट की दुनिया का 'कोहिनूर' हैं पांचवीं फ़ेल वाजिद खान". Siasat. 4 March 2016.
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  7. ^ "फीफा वर्ल्ड कप में इंदौर का शेअर, बना रहे 10 हजार स्क्वेयर फीट का आर्ट वर्क". Daily Bhaskar. 27 February 2015.
  8. ^ "This nail art expert Wajid Khan owes his success to Mahatma Gandhi". News 18. 2 October 2015.
  9. ^ "सवा लाख कीलों से तीन साल में उभरे अहिंसा के पुजारी". Patrika. 2 October 2015.
  10. ^ "जानिए नेल आर्टिस्ट वाजिद खान ने यंगस्टर्स को क्या दिए टिप्स". Indore: Patrika. 8 May 2016.
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  12. ^ "कीलें, हथौड़ियां, धागे से बना राष्ट्रपति भवन, 10 दिनों में तैयार की आकृति". Daily Bhaskar. 10 March 2016.
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  17. ^ "Mansaur artist 'nails' patent truth". DNA India. 23 February 2013.
  18. ^ "Cake with Owaisi's image cut on MNS chief Raj Thackeray's birthday". Hindustan Times. 14 June 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Bollywood celebs attend artist Wajid Khan's exhibition". Times of India. 17 February 2014.
  20. ^ a b "3D portraits created by hammering iron nails".
  21. ^ "कलाकार वाजिद अली खान ने ली वर्कशॉप, बच्चों को दिए टिप्स". Daily Bhaskar. 10 November 2014.
  22. ^ a b "अब कबाड़ का कमाल करेगा दुनिया में धमाल". Hindustan. 2 July 2013.
  23. ^ Neha Mishra (1 July 2013). "Indore innovator turns junk into art". Hindustan Times.
  24. ^ "Most nails used for a portrait". Limca Book of Records.
  25. ^ "नाखून से सर सैयद का चित्र बनाकर भेटं करेंगे एएमयु को". Amar Ujala. 5 November 2016.
  26. ^ "वाजिद की कलाकारी देख सभी दंग". Dainik Jagran. 5 November 2016.
  27. ^ "IIM छात्रों को पढ़ाएगा ये 5वीं फेल युवा, दुनिया मान चुकी इसके हुनर का लोहा". Daily Bhaskar. 7 March 2015.
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  29. ^ "Socially sensitive IIM-I students hold national social fest". The Free Press Journal. 9 March 2015.
  30. ^ "Art & craft exhibition". Tribune India. 13 April 2016.
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  32. ^ "Zonal Nasa 2016: MRIU is organizing a four-day premier architectural convention attracting Eminent Architects and 2200 students of Architecture from across India". Retrieved 1 February 2017.
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  37. ^ "A democratic space for art". The Hindu. 20 January 2017.
  38. ^ "कला के दिग्गजों से गुलजार होगा ऑटोमोबाइल आर्ट फेस्टिवल". Daily Bhaskar. 13 April 2015.
  39. ^ "जयपुर फेस्टिवल में शहर के कलाकार". Daily Bhaskar. 17 April 2015.
  40. ^ "Now an Automobile Art Fest!". DNA India. 9 April 2015.
  41. ^ "ऑटोमोबाइल आर्ट वर्क में हिस्सा लेने जयपुर आए आर्टिस्ट और पेटेन्ट होल्डर वाजिद खान". Daily Bhaskar. 19 April 2015.
  42. ^ "कारो पर कला का कारवां". Daily Bhaskar. 19 April 2015.
  43. ^ "Wittyfeed to celebrate 'One Independence day' in India and Pakistan". The Economic Times. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
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  45. ^ "सूखे पेड़ों से हरियाली का पैगाम". Nai Duniya. 4 June 2016.
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  47. ^ "बेजान चम्मच जब बदल गई मासूम लड़की की शक्ल में". Nai Duniya.
  48. ^ "नन्हें बच्चो को खेल-खेल में मिला रोजगार". Nai Duniya.

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