Arnaud Dubarre was born on 6 June 1981 in Fontenay le Comte(France). He has suffered since birth from multiple ankylosis, rendering his arms and legs immobile. He learned early on to use his mouth for everyday tasks. His love for painting developed when he was able to hold a crayon in his mouth and began to trace comic strip characters. After the third year of secondary school, he joined a so-called 'cycle adapte’ class, in which he did practical exercises accompanied by educational support. This included painting on wood, glass, fabric, leather and other materials. In 1999, through family connections, he became acquainted with VDMFK President Serge Maude, who introduced him to his work and to the VDMFK. Just two years later, the Association decided to support him as a Scholarship Holder.