Greece

Elias Raftopulos

Elias Raftopulos was born on 10 May 1958 in Chania. From 1979 to 1981 he studied at the School of Art in Athens. In August 1981 he had a tragic accident where he fractured the fifth and sixth vertebrae and became tetraplegic. In 1986 he started to paint with the mouth. Only one year later he was able to participate in an exhibition in his hometown Chania. In 1988 he was granted a scholarship by the Association. In 1994 he became an Associate Member and in 1998 a Full Member of the VDMFK. Among his favourite motifs are the landscapes of his native country, which he paints in vivid Mediterranean colours. He is also fond of portraits. He uses both oil and water-colour. His works have frequently been shown at personal and group exhibitions at home and abroad.

Triantafillos Iliadis

Born on 10 September 1950 in Xanthi, Triantafillos Iliadis has suffered from a serious disability in his hands and feet since he was born, obliging him to use his mouth to paint and write from a very early age. Despite his disability, he attended primary school and grammar school. He learned mouth painting by private tuition. In 1970 he was given a scholarship by the Association, and since then he has painted only for the AMFPA. He became a Regular Member of the Association in 1992. Triantafillos Iliadis preferred subjects are still lifes, flowers and village scenes. He has already achieved considerable success with his paintings, including an award by the highest-ranking Greek institution, the Academy of Athens.

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