Korea

Young-Soo Kim

Kim Young-Soo was born on 15 December 1954 in Seoul. He studied architecture and worked in a drawing office for a year. He was unable to continue his work because of a disease of the muscles (progressive muscular dystrophy), which had begun to manifest itself three years earlier, was becoming ever more severe. Having enjoyed painting since his childhood he now began to paint with his hands until he was forced to abandon this activity five years later because his muscles had become too weak. One day he saw a woman engaged in mouth painting in a television programme and a few days later he tried this out for himself, finding that it gave him the greatest pleasure. This discovery proved to be a remarkable experience, motivating him to engage in intensive training.

Mi-Soon Han

Born on 4 February 1955 in Buyou, Mi-Soon Han attended correspondence courses and worked in an office for several years. In 1981 she was injured in a traffic accident which left her paralysed from neck down. Four years after the accident she took up mouth painting. A year later, AMFPA granted her a scholarship which enabled her to make further progress. As early as 1992 she became an Associate Member of the association. In 1995, she was granted Full Membership. Mi-Soon Hans works reflect her wishes and dreams as well as her recovery process. Her favourite motifs are landscapes and flowers that symbolize her great love of nature.

Jong Hyob An

Jong Hyob An was born on August 21, 1963, in Woolsan. It was a diving accident which left him paralysed from the neck down, as he fractured the fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae. During rehabilitation he learned about mouth painting. Soon he began to paint with his mouth. He also learned oriental painting and writing called “Soyae” using his mouth. In 1989 the Association granted him a scholarship. Only three years later he became associate member and in 2000 full member of the VDMFK.

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