Juan Pablo BURBOA RÍOS
Birthplace: Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México
scholarship holder of AMFPA since: 2010
Painting Method: Mouth painter
I was born on June 22, 1974 in the City of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
A few days after my birth, I was taken to live in Chinobampo, El Fuerte, Sinaloa, and later to Agiabampo, Sonora, were I was able study my primary education. From there we departed to a village called Bacorehuis, Ahome, Sinaloa, were I studied my high school education and worked at the same time fishing and as a diver. At 14, we returned to the City of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, where I have been living since then.
At the age of 16 I worked as a mason and I married my wife Ana Luisa Sánchez, R. with whom I had the joy of becoming a father of 2 girls and 1 boy.
On May 1, 2002 at the age of 27, my workers asked me permission to leave early to play a soccer game, and I took them to the field. I stayed with them, they won the game and then we went to a canal to swim. I dove into the water, head first, and hit my head. My friends had to help me out of the water since I hit bottom and I fractured my 3rd., 4th. and 5th. cervical vertebrae and injured my spinal cord.
Doctors performed surgery at the Social Security Hospital and I was 2 months hospitalized. After leaving, I was in bed for one year without being able to move. I can now sit but cannot move my legs or hands. The doctor diagnosed me as having quadriplegia.
One day I received the visit of Víctor, husband of Lidia Cháidez, who is a scholarship grantee of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. He invited me to become part of the paint workshop that she organizes, where painters paint with a paintbrush in their mouths. This encouraged me to look ahead, start a new life, and show everyone, especially me, that with effort and perseverance I could move ahead in life.
I attended the classes since I always really liked painting and drawing. Now I am happy painting with a purpose in my life.
I thank God for the new opportunity given to me and for putting Victor and Lili in my path. Now I am scholarship grantee of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, and my wish is to develop into a professional artist.