Reinhard Melzer has lived with spasticity ever since birth, due to which his hands are almost completely disabled. Born on 8 September 1938 in Mark, he depends on a wheelchair to get around. At school, he learned to write using mouth and also practised mouth painting. He lived in nursing homes for many years. Painting became a hobby for him and an important part of life. "If I hadn’t had painting, I’d never have survived it all,” he says in an interview. In 1962, Reinhard Melzer was received into AMFPA and initially supported as a Scholarship Holder. In 1992, he was granted Full Membership. With the support of art teachers and professional artists, he further developed the painting skills which he had taught himself.