scholarship holder of AMFPA since: 2009
Painting Method: Mouth painter
Jesfer Pulikkathody was born on 2 January 1985 in Malappuram. He has
been suffering from muscular dystrophy for 12 years, which means that 80 percent of his body is paralysed from the neck down. While still at school he painted using his hands, but due to the progression of the disease he had to quit school. Over the years he learned to write and, practising with great patience, to paint with his mouth. After reading the autobiography of the then president of India, he was so inspired and touched that he painted the president's portrait and had the opportunity to present it to him personally. In 2005 some of his paintings were exhibited and sold at an art gallery in Calcutta. In the year 2007 he was chosen for a prize awarded by the Kodamkanthath International Art Foundation. Finally he was lucky enough to meet Mr. Ganesh Kumar from whom he heard about VDMFK for the first time.