Wolfgang Vrbica

Mouth Artist



Born on 27th May 1951, Wolfgang Vrbica moved to Argentina in 1952, where he attended primary school and two years of secondary school. From the age of fifteen to eighteen he worked with a textile enterprise. In 1969, he had an accident at a stream, leading to complete paralysis. Only three years later, he had taught himself to paint with his mouth. Wolfgang Vrbica paints with oil, watercolour and tempera paint, sometimes also mixed media. He has a very individual style that is strongly influenced by naive painting. His works are characterised by a strong use of colour and sometimes appear to be idyllic or fairytale landscapes. His work has been given recognition in the form of certificates and medals from the Government, Congress, museums and libraries as well as rehabilitation centres.

In 1979, Wolfgang Vrbica was given a scholarship by the Association, enabling him to exhibit his works publicly. He has held numerous exhibitions in Argentina and has also participated in joint exhibitions in a number of countries. In addition, he holds lectures on the topic of art and disability, mainly speaking about his personal experiences. He has often been interviewed on radio and television and in newspapers and magazines in Argentina and abroad and has been filmed at work painting or writing. He is been a member of MFPA since 1999.


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