Nelly del Carmen Toro Varela was born with a disability that was caused by the harmful medication that her mother took during pregnancy. Born on 13 April 1956 in Merida, since birth Nelly has had no use of her arms and hands. That was the reason why she began to use her feet for her daily tasks, as well as painting and drawing. She started school at the age of seven. At the age of twenty-eight, she wanted to study painting. She did various drawing projects such as Christmas cards and the lettering for diplomas and other things.