For the past 50 years there has been a small group of Israeli artists who paint with their mouths or feet, and now they are gaining recognition all over the world. Every one of them is a unique individual with a unique story and a great talent. Painting is their way of giving life meaning and filling it with purpose.
Mouth painter Izik Adir was an engineer in the Israeli Air Force. At the age of 24 he was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. He has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. He studied at Beit Berl, the academy for art teachers, and art became the center of his life. He initiated and expanded a course called “Rehabilitating Art” that trained art teachers who work with disabled people. Not surprisingly, he was elected an Israeli and European senior delegate to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. Itzik exhibits frequently in Israel and around the world — in Austria, Australia, Canada, Spain, Portugal and more. He is married to Yafit and they have three beautiful children. He often lectures to students about how to prevent accidents on the road, and teaches how to be an artist in spite of a terrible injury.
The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association (MFPA) is an international registered society of disabled artists, wholly owned and run by the artists themselves to meet their financial needs. Members paint with brushes held in their mouth or feet as a result of disability sustained at birth or through accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands. With over 800 artists from 75 countries, the MFPA instills in its artists a sense of self-respect and dignity that comes from earning an independent, honest and secure livelihood through the sale of their artwork.
The Israeli branch of Mouth or Foot painters was established in 1965 and is one of the 75 branches affiliated with the world organization. About 800 painters are active in the world organization. The artists’ aim is to express life, color, and feelings through their art and they are pleased to offer their work based on both artistic merit and value for income.
Each year the Israeli branch publishes calendars, greeting cards, diaries, bookmarks, place mats, coasters, and a very unique Passover Haggadah. The artists would like to introduce you to their 2016-2017 desk calendar and various sets of greeting cards for the upcoming holiday season. All the originals of the illustrations were created by Israeli artists holding their paintbrushes in their mouth or foot and they are proud of the high standard they have achieved.
To quote Itzik, “We hope you decide to buy our products, since self-help, not charity, is our goal. We wish you very happy, healthy and successful New Year.”