”Until you spread your wings you have no idea how far you can go” – Napoleon Bonaparte.
The journey of an MFPA artist from identifying himself as a disabled to a specially abled and uniquely talented artist is an inspirational journey.
MFPA defines the story of people with unique talents. MFPA is the powerhouse of people who refused to give up. Artists claim that MFPA is that hand that led them up to their success. Artists have walked through thick and thin, and rocky and slippery roads to reach where they are today. From just being a painter at home, today they are successful MFPA artists whose paintings are confined neither to the four walls nor to a canvas or paper but are now the inspiration to a lot of products.
MFPA products are inspired by paintings from MFPA artists from just being successful paintings, MFPA turns these paintings into lovely prints on many useful products. From corporate gifts to accessories and from clothing to stationary all products at MFPA are imprinted with the paintings made by the artists. And then launched on the MFPA website for customers to buy an also put up in exhibitions etc.
This is a surreal experience for the artists are they see their painting imprinted on different products at MFPA and he customers love for the products.
MFPA is an internationally recognized organisation, proudly running with the motto of ‘self –help not charity’. MFPA trains specially abled artists in mastering their art and gives them the platform to earn a respectful livelihood and the true worth of their unimaginable talent. MFPA artists are people who have lost their hands or feet either due to a birth deformity or facing an unfortunate accident, leaving them with broken dreams. These specially abled artists paint holding a brush in their mouth or feet. These artists poses unimaginable talent and spirit.
Their desire to earn not only a decent livelihood but also, confidence, and recognition of their true worth is what makes them superheroes. These artists are a true source of inspiration to all of us.
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”Until you spread your wings you have no idea how far you can go” – Napoleon Bonaparte.
MFPA is a platform where these artist’s products are sold. Not just paintings but a lot of products have been reprinted or have been inspired by these artist’s art and sold by MFPA.
MFPA products have the print of the MFPA artist painting on them which makes them unique. A lot of useful products like tote bags for women, paintings online, reusable shopping bags, corporate gifting online and paintings for home are offered by MFPA to make your shopping easy and products or gifts unique. Shop with MFPA today!
Let our artists take you with them to relive the up and downs of their journey.
Brom Wikstrom was born on 13 October 1953 in Seattle. He started his professional journey as an apprentice in his father’s commercial art business. In 1975, an unfortunate swimming accident left him paralyzed and then began his unique journey of painting with his mouth. For several years he took painting lessons with his father and in 1985 he received a scholarship from the AMFPA. Since 1992, he has been a Full Member of the MFPA Association. In the course of the years, he took college classes in art therapy and he established an arts program at the Children’s Hospital in Seattle. He furthermore demonstrates his painting style in regional schools and at local arts festivals.
Most of Brom’s works are in watercolour, characterized by a beautiful clarity combined with firm graphic construction and transparent colours. He also does mural paintings.
Brom Wikstrom is a greatly appreciated artist he has received several prizes and distinctions for his works. He presented his paintings to the Empress and the Emperor of Japan and received the famous “Torchlight Award” at a ceremony in Taipei/Taiwan. The Mouth-painter can furthermore look back on numerous reports in the media.
“My paintings are the landmarks of my development as an artist and a person. They serve as a witness to my deep belief that creative expression finds a way to come forth no matter what problems arise.”
– Brom Wikstrom
The bestseller product of of brom Wikstrom is –
Figures in Abstract (Set of 6) Coasters.
These beautiful, colourful and vibrant coasters are a perfect corporate gift for all your corporate gifting needs.
They can also be a lovely addition to your dinning or drawing area accessories.
The artist remarks that it is indeed a pleasure to see that a painting he made is being used on useful products. He just like the other artists is very delighted by the fact that his paintings are not paintings confined to the canvas or walls now!
Kerrin Tilley was born on 19 May 1967 in Opotiki. In 1988 while attending a rugby match he was seriously injured in a crush and this resulted in him being tetraplegic In the unit for spinal injuries at the Otara hospital in Auckland he met the mouth painters and VDMFK artists Grant Sharman, Irene Bernie, Tommy Waru and Alex Craig as well as the wonderful art tutor Doreen Jones. All these people motivated him to become involved in mouth painting and since then became his memorable journey as a mouth artist. Kerrin Tilley’s favourite subjects are landscapes and animals.
Many of his works have repeatedly been shown at exhibitions and have won great praise. Eventually he became an associate member of the association in 2001. Kerrin Tilley’s hobbies include watching all kinds of sports as well as saltwater fishing with the help of an electric fishing rod.
Best selling product of Kerrin Tilley –
Ride the Waves Ceramic coffee mug.
This beautiful and superior quality ceramic mug adds a whimsical touch to your coffee with reprints of MFPA artist’s paintings. They are best for personal use and corporate gifting.
Kerrin too, like the artist feels proud of his journey as a mouth artist at MFPA. He takes pleasure and proudly appreciates when his paintings are printed on other products too. He loves the amazing responses he gets for his work.
Mariusz Maczka was born on 21 April 1973 in Dobiegniew. In June 1988, an unfortunate car accident left his vertebra severely fractured resulting in paralysis of his extremities. He has been confined to the wheelchair ever since. Five years after his accident, he started to paint with his mouth and thus began his journey as a artist. He enjoyed it very much right from the start and was soon able to make significant artistic progress. He was admitted to the MFPA Association as a Student Member in 2000.
He became an Associate Member of MFPA from 2007 onwards and was admitted as a full Member in 2011. Mariusz Maczka mainly paints in oil. His favourite subjects are still life, landscapes, flowers and animals. With regard to the latter, he particularly enjoys painting themes that feature horses. The artist has already shown his mouth painted works to the public at innumerable exhibitions.
Bestselling product of Mariusz –
Autumn N horses
Is a lovely desktop and wall painting being one of the best sellers at MFPA.
It is a great addition to your wall décor at office or home or even at your desktop. It also makes for the perfect gift.
Mariusz too like the other artists is proud of his journey as a mouth artist at MFPA and loves what he does. Mariusz says he feels that using his paintings for other products makes him feel proud of his talent. Looking at the different products with the print of his paintings makes him very happy.
Mariam Paré was born on 1 December 1975 in Morocco. She was critically injured in a shoot-out and became paralysed from the chest down (Tetraplegia C5). Before the accident, she was studying the history of art and had a vocation for art. In occupational therapy, she was introduced to mouth painting. Nine years have gone by since then and the artist is still intent on making progress. Mariam has taken part in a number of exhibitions. She also designs her own cards, gives interviews and continues to paint and create art.
Mariam works on interesting themes through various techniques, mostly traditional oil painting and modern mixed media techniques. Mariam’s been a part of MFPA since 2006. As Mariam’s involvement in the art and disability community grew, she began to share her messages of perseverance with audiences all over the world through TV appearances, news segments and in print publications.
“Through art I have immense freedom.”
Mariam’s bestseller products –
Mystical Dove Pendant and chain
This fine jewellery inspired by the alluring and bewitching colors of a Dove offers you a mystical charm and enhances your irresistible aura. Wear it all day and captivate the world with your spellbinding style. It is beautiful addition to your jewellery collection and perfect for gifting.
The artist remarks that it is indeed a pleasure to see that a painting she made is being used on useful products. She just like the other artists is very delighted by the fact that his paintings are not paintings confined to the canvas or walls now!
Dr Walery Siejtbatalow was born on 8 June 1965 in Denisovka. He suffered a cervical spinal injury after jumping from a hill into a river and has been confined to a wheelchair since then. To escape from his loss of mobility, he began writing with a pen in his mouth. Later he came across the idea of mouth painting. Since 2012, the VDMFK gave him a scholarship. A colourfully illustrated bible for children inspired him to portray the motifs of Christ and other biblical scenes.
In the following years, his techniques grew to encompass painting stained glass windows and portraits of his friends. Later on, he began using oil paints. His first painting using this technique was an icon, and further award-winning icons soon followed. Mr Siejtbatalow has held numerous exhibitions which have been held in high regard by the public. He became an associate member in 2018.
Bestselling product of Walery –
Lovebirds Tote bag –
Whether it’s long commutes, shopping trips or a usual day at work, these Tote bags from MFPA will make sure you arrive in an organized style. The lovely print on them will surely make you stand out in the crowd.
The artist remarks that it is indeed a pleasure to see that a painting made by him is being used on useful products. He just like the other artists is very delighted by the fact that his paintings are not paintings confined to the canvas or walls now!
MFPA products have the print of the MFPA artist painting on them that makes them unique. Many useful products like tote bags for women, paintings online, reusable shopping bags, corporate gifting online and paintings for home are offered by MFPA to make your shopping easy and products or gifts unique. Shop with MFPA today!
Each artist of the MFPA association is an extremely motivated being. The artists have a never give up attitude and look forward towards a bright and colourful future ahead.
You purchases and appreciation will help these artists go a long way and find their own sky to fly in.
“Painting with a brush in my mouth has given him a sense of freedom that I otherwise can’t experience.”
– Sudam Bisoyi