Francis Camilleri, born on 31 January 1962 in Malta, has been a quadriplegic since a diving accident in 1978 and is therefore confined to a wheelchair. After intensive medical treatment and occupational therapy in England and Germany, he managed to adapt himself to his completely new and difficult life. He was able to continue and complete his school education. In 1993, representatives of the publishing house, Izda Art Publishers encouraged him to start painting with his mouth and, in doing so, to earn his own living. He learned how to paint with his mouth and made great progress in a relatively short time. In 1991, he was granted a scholarship from the association.