Gustavo AGUDELO MEJIA
Birthplace: Florencia, Colombia
Date of decease: 06.07.2010
deceased of AMFPA since: 2009
Painting Method: Mouth painter
Gustavo Agudelo Mejia was born on 4 August 1953 in Florencia in Colombia. Due to the tight financial situation of his family, he gave up his university studies in marketing. He did manual work for several companies. On 30 November 1980 he had a tragic accident while on holiday. When he dove into a river he sustained a dislocation fracture of the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae, instantly rendering him a tetraplegic. He spent the next year in hospital with physiotherapy and occupational therapy as well as psychological and psychiatric care. After his hospital stay he went to live with his mother and a caregiver who helps him to do those few things that he can do. After several years he became acquainted with a painter who little by little introduced him to the art of painting. After one year of hard work the teacher found that his painting had improved. He frequently visits exhibitions of paintings and sculptures and reads books about painting as well as
artists' biographies from all eras and continents, from cave paintings to contemporary art.