Wolfgang Vrbica

Mouth Artist


Wolfgang Vrbica


Born on 27 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. In three years, he had taught himself to paint with his mouth. Wolfgang Vrbica paints with oil, watercolour, tempera and mixed media. He has an individual style that is strongly influenced by Naïve art. Vrbica’s works are characterised by its 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 topics related to art and disability, also speaking about his personal experiences. He has often been interviewed on radio, television and also featured in newspapers and magazines in Argentina and abroad. He is been a member of MFPA since 1999.