Date of decease: 05.09.2006
deceased of AMFPA since: 1965
Painting Method: Mouth painter
In fourth grade of elementary school Iwao Adachi climbed up a pylon of a transformer station to catch little sparrows. He received an electric shock, and as a consequence both his arms had to be amputated. Only a few years later, when he was twelve, he started to paint with his mouth. He enjoyed painting very much and learnt various techniques as an autodidact. Up to this day he has mainly painted with pencil, ink, water colours and in oil. In order to make further progress in his artistic career he took lessons with a Buddhist nun. In 1963, he was granted a scholarship by the association. Only two years later he became a full member of AMFPA.
In the course of his artistic career Iwao Adachi was granted several distinctions and awards such as the medal for extraordinary achievements in the cultural field and for the recognition of his endeavours. Iwao Adachi was also granted the Osaka City Award. He was a member of numerous Japanese artists' associations where he was president several times. Since 1979 he has only been a member of AMFPA. His works have been presented to the public at several solo and group exhibitions on almost all continents worldwide.