Peter Apisa MAAELE
Painting Method: Mouth painter
Peter Maaele was born in 1978. At the age of 21, he broke his neck after diving into shallow water. Peter began painting with his mouth while undergoing rehabilitation at the hospital. A born musician, Peter learned to appreciate the classical styles of music at an early age. Prior to his accident, he played piano for his church choir, and after high school, he played for a band. Through painting, he found a similar creative “rush.” “In working with the unlimited array of colors, I started to find the music on the canvas,” said Peter. Peter claims that painting has been rejuvenating as well as rehabilitative, and has revealed an undeveloped talent that has become a focal point in his life. Peter currently lives in Waipahu, Hawaii.