María del Carmen NUÑO SÁNCHEZ
Birthplace: Tepatitlán, Jalisco, México
scholarship holder of AMFPA since: 1998
Painting Method: Mouth painter
I was born on March 6, 1982 in Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jalisco.
My parents are Antonio Nuño Hernández and María Sánchez Romero.
I am the ninth daughter of a family of nine and I was born with progressive Muscular Dystrophy. For a while, I was able to move around on my knees but, before turning 9, it became necessary for me to use a wheelchair. I was raised in a community called San Agustín, Municipality of Tototlán. I started studying like all kids at the age of 4, even though at times, this had to be postponed due to my condition. As time went by, I finished my preparatory studies with a semi-traditional school curriculum. I did my schooling in the following institutions:
• Niños Héroes in San Agustín, Municipality of Tototlán.
• René Nucamendi Sánchez in Tepatitlán.
• Juan Escutia School in Tepatitlán.
• In Juan Villalpando School.
College Preparatory courses:
• At CEAL (Center of Studies Alteños) with a semi-traditional curriculum.
I remember when in 1994 Mr. José Moreno Hernández (deceased) would tell me with enthusiasm that he could teach me to paint with my mouth, an idea that I was reluctant to accept; so, he continued trying for a long time. Every time I would visit he would encourage me. Finally in 1996, after much encouragement, I started to learn how to sketch with him. My brothers were already painting with their mouths and doing very well. I liked their work very much. The end result was that I was accepted to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists in 1998.
After Mr. John Grepe took my first piece of work so I could apply as a grantee of the Association, I felt very sad. It seemed as though he had taken a part of me, an indispensable member, but the great reward was my acceptance. Then a felt realized, a valuable person with an important activity. I started feeling capable of doing something valuable, concluding that I had dignity and that I would be the first to show it to society.
We should always feel proud of showing our art. I have held exhibitions in the Federal District, in Guadalajara, Tonalá, Ocotlán, Tepatitlán, Arandas and La Barca Jalisco. We´ve had showings in Atotonilco and Arandas. In the year 2000 I started studying painting and drawing in Ocotlán, and continue to do so, with Prof. Rubén Zavala, who is also a member of the Association. I took a short course in the Cabañas Institute; I have knowledge of oil on fabric, brown on paper, water colors, Chinese ink and carbon paper techniques.
I was given an award in 2003 in Guadalajara at the Hilton Hotel, together with all the painters from Jalisco and other locals such as Lorena Ochoa, as an example. The award was called “Pedro Sarquis Merrewe”. This same year I participated in a contest in Degollado Jalisco representing my secondary school, Juan Villalpando, and I won first place receiving a medal. I finished a picture in two and a half hours during this contest.
In December of 2005 I was given the Young award in Tepatitlán de Morelos Jalisco, for standing out as a painter and the development I´ve had as a disabled person.
I have to mention that in 2003 a group was formed to provide emotional support for disabled persons and I was the founder of this movement. This has helped me to promote my work as well as the Association. The group is named fraternity of sick people or with disabilities of Tepatitlán. I know that I will find more artists here for this Association.
In 2006 we suffered the loss of my sister Felicitas Nuño, who left a mark in our lives. She also left us many life examples since she was also a great painter.
In November 2008 and April 2009 my brother Antonio and I taught two workshops requested by the Municipal Government. The program was called “Rescate de Parques y Jardines” (Rescue of Parks and Gardens) and 150 students took part in them. The government donated the material and we imparted clases in drawing, brown over paper and water painting.
In December 2008 we were awarded recognition at the state level.
We have been interviewed by newspapers and local magazines such as the magazine Desarrollo Social (Social Development), the newspaper Ocho Columnas (Eight Columns) and television stations such as Alteña and TV Azteca.
I give thanks to God for the gift of this grand family, a mission in this life and, thanks to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists I have a positive attitude about life and I can show my creativity. The only wish I have is to improve myself daily to be a better person and a good artist.
My motto will always be: “you will reach your goals only if you put forth your best effort”.