Nayan Shrimali is a furniture designer and art enthusiast based in India. After studying Furniture & Interior Design at NID, India, Shrimali is now a full-time paper cut artist. Alongside his partner, Vaishali Chudasama – a visual effects artist – the duo is known as NVillustration.

This particular series of paper cut artworks details some of the most iconic and inspirational characters from history. The artists explain: “We have been experimenting with paper cut art since last year. We explored different types of paper art and methods to create something unique. In this series, we explore the details of human expression through different layers of papers.

All of the artwork is made with paper, a paper cutting knife and acrylic colours assembled carefully to depict the different personalities of the subjects. Although challenging, the duo describes the process as fun and rewarding.