Born on 20 March 1990 in Odisha, Sudam Bisoyi is an Indian Navy Veteran. In 2010, he had an accident while on active duty that left him in a quadriplegic condition. Sudam is currently staying at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune. Sudam’s first exposure to mouth painting was in 2015 and it really made an impression on him. Painting with his mouth has given him a sense of freedom that he otherwise can’t experience. He trained under the MFPA artist Manoj Bhingare and joined MFPA as a member in 2020. He has a strong base in acrylic medium and paints on themes like landscapes, flowers and still life.
Born on 8 July 1992 in Manipur, Bhim Kumar Karki is an Indian Army Veteran. It was in 2012, he had an accident while on active duty that left him in a quadriplegic condition. He is staying at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune. Bhim tried mouth painting for the first time in 2016 and he says it has given him purpose to move on and live with a new passion. He trained under the directions of MFPA artist Manoj Bhingare. Bhim joined MFPA as a member in 2020 and is currently exploring the acrylic medium. He works with themes like landscapes, animals and birds, flowers and abstract.
Prashant Vasant Kamble was born on 5 July 1990 in Karnataka. He was an Indian Army Soldier before his accident. During active duty in 2014, Prashant was involved in an accident leading to a spinal cord injury which resulted him in a quadriplegic condition for life. Currently retired from service, he is confined to a wheelchair, staying at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune. Prashant first tried to paint with his mouth in 2013, after which he never looked back. Now, he is confidently pursuing his newly found passion under the guidance of MFPA artist Manoj Bhingare. He joined MFPA as a member in 2020.
Born on 16 April 2004 in Kerala, Joyal Biju suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. As of now, he is unable to use both his hands and legs. Due to the seriousness of his condition, Joyal was not able to go to school after primary education and is getting homeschooled. He started painting with his mouth from 2017 under the guidance of his art teacher K Ramachandran Thayannur.
Born on 1 March 1954 in Australia, Simon Rigg became a quadriplegic when he broke his neck after falling off a roof in the central Victorian town of Castlemaine in 1982. Before the fall, Simon was a landscape gardener and the superintendent of grounds at the Alexander Home and Hospital in Castlemaine. Simon visited MFPA member Bill Mooney, on his first trip out of the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, who encouraged him to try mouth painting.
Brenton Nicholas Swartz was born on 30 October 1978 in Cape Town. Since a gunshot accident, he is paralysed from the neck down. He spent eight months in hospital and was classified as a C4-C5 tetraplegic. He attended a school for the disabled. In 1998 he finished grade 12 and went to live in a home for tetraplegic people. In 1999 he enrolled at college and studied computer-aided drawing. One of his friends who painted asked him whether he wanted to try it. In 2001 he started taking art lessons. He joined VDMFK in 2009 as a Student Member. His aim in life is to lead an independent, normal and happy life.
Born on 15 October 1970 in New Zealand, Wayne Te Rangi was injured in a freak work accident in 1985 which left him a tetraplegic. As part of his rehab, he enrolled in art classes at the Otara Spinal Unit in Auckland. There he quickly developed the skill of mouth-painting and went on to win many awards and scholarships.
Clênio Marcio Ventura was born on 23 November 1969. The quadriplegic painter began painting with his mouth in 1999, using the technique of oil and acrylic on canvas, motivated by curiosity. Clênio is a self-taught painter. He became quadriplegic after a shallow water dive. Clênio has done several exhibitions and for him, painting is his life. He became a Scholarship Member of the International Association of Painters with Mouth and Foot in 2000. Clênio has participated in exhibitions at the National Museum of Argentina, Parapan in Rio de Janeiro and others.
Born on 5 Jan 1962 in Singapore, Daniel Tan met with a car accident in 1982 when he was 20 years old. He was certified by the doctor that he is paralyzed from his neck down. For about 27 years he could not do much on his own and he needed his family’s moral and financial help. In 2009, he met some friends who introduced him to the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists. He was presented with a challenge – to paint by mouth! The thought of being able to create something of artistic value challenged him to persevere in the artistic endeavour.
Christopher J Kuster was an enthusiastic diver until he was injured in 1992 in a shallow water diving accident. Since then Chris has learned to express the life around him in his original artworks. Chris is a quadriplegic and paints with his mouth by holding the paintbrush between his teeth. Christopher now paints beautiful sceneries, sketches and things that are around him and inspire him. He has such a positive attitude towards his life. He has been a part of MFPA from the year 2010 and represents the mouth painters of the United States of America proudly.