Sunday, August 24, 2014

Augustine Swapna - Mouth and Foot Artist from Kerala

Name: Augustine Swapna
DOB: 21-01-1975
Birth Place: Pothanicad, Kerala
Painting Style: Foot painter
Member of MFPA since: 1999
Nationality: Indian

Ms. Augustine Swapna was born without arms. Already as a child she made a habit of performing all tasks, including painting and drawing, with her feet. As her talent for art was soon discovered, her parents and teachers gave her the necessary support and encouragement to continue painting when she was only a schoolgirl. Her paintings were published in students' newsletters and youth magazines.  

Ms. Swapna has participated in several group exhibitions in India. She has been a member of MFPA since 1999.   

Formed in 1956, the MFPA is an international, for-profit association wholly owned and run by disabled artists to help them meet their financial needs. Members paint with brushes held in their mouth or feet as a result of a disability sustained at birth or through an accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands. Over the last 50 years, MFPA has brought to the forefront, the aesthetic creations of these disabled artists by providing them a platform to express their artistic talent. Instilling a sense of freedom and dignity, the Association offers its members an opportunity to earn an independent, honest and secure livelihood through the sale of their artwork.