Dieter Marzinger was born on 18 October 1971 in Piet Retief, South Africa. Prior to his grave accident in May 2002, Dieter was a karate instructor and teacher. As a result of diving headfirst into a river, he became a tetraplegic, as he fractured his vertebrae at C5/C6. About six months later, in November 2002, he made the first attempts at painting with his mouth.
Over the years he was able to make remarkable progress with himself and painting. VDMFK granted him a Scholarship in 2005 and later in 2017, he became an Associate Member of the association. Dieter Marzinger prefers painting in oil. His themes vary from landscapes to animals of his native country South Africa.