Born on 1 Jan 1982 in Iceland, Brandur Bjarnason Karlsson as a young adult studied biology and physics at the University of Iceland, trained in judo, played basketball, and worked as a warden in the remote highlands of Iceland. In 2008, at the age of 26, Brandur contracted a brainstem lesion through an unexplained infection, rendering him a quadriplegic. But, despite being paralyzed, Brandur has a vibrant spirit and he doesn’t let his disability prevent him from enjoying life.
Brandur Bjarnason Karlsson
He advocates for equality and civil rights for disabled people, promotes the use of remote-visual devices to enjoy nature, founded the drone association in Iceland, and helped to launch the Flying Chair project, enabling disabled people to enjoy paragliding in a specially designed, lightweight chair. Brandur started mouth painting Icelandic and imaginary sci-fi landscapes since 2010. He became a scholarship member of the Association Of Mouth And Foot Painting Artists in 2015. Brandur painted numerous images from the drone camera footage and photographs of volcanic eruptions.