Losing an ear didn’t seem to detract from Vincent Van Gogh’s artistic skill, but Chinese artist Huang Guofu’s use of only his mouth and feet is quite remarkable.
A childhood accident left Huang Guofu armless at the age of four, but his love, skill and passion for painting grew and grew.
Self-taught, after his father became ill an 18 year old Guong 18 chose to leave school and pursue painting as a profession in order to help pay for his father’s medical treatments. He started selling his art on his local streets and some were purchased, albeit generally through sympathy and for “charitable” amounts.
Guong soon started traveling to different cities to sell his artwork; after hearing that his paintings lacked elegance because of his technique and a testament to his inner-strength he taught himself to use the brush with his teeth. He soon discovered that using his teeth enabled him to paint with more detail.
His effort and dedication have not gone unnoticed. As his skills have progressed, so has his recognition. Huang Guofu was recently named vice-curator of the newly opened Chonqing Talents Museum. Now, dealers and art lovers around the world seek out his paintings.
Indeed, it’s often the story behind the artist that makes a work of art all the more unique.
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