Heinz Halwachs was born without arms on 18 August 1961 in Loipersdorf. The cause of this disability was the thalidomide drug prescribed for his mother during pregnancy. He made his first attempts to grip, to play and to write using his feet during childhood. When he was about 20 years old he started to paint with his right foot, receiving training from an academic painter in Vienna. Much about the same time he was also granted a scholarship by the Association and became a Regular AMFPA Member in 1992.