Francisco SÁENZ PORTILLO
Birthplace: Polanco Batopila, Chihuahua, Mexico
scholarship holder of AMFPA since: 2007
Painting Method: Mouth painter
I was born on December 17, 1948 in Polanco Batopila, Chihuahua, Mexico.
I grew up in Potrero de los Bojórquez, Morelos, Chihuahua. My childhood was normal and I was the second of seven brothers. I went to College and received a degree in accounting. I married at 22 and I have six children. I worked and lived for my family. I worked for a while as a driver of a mining company and when the company was shut down I dedicated myself to cattle raising.
Sometime in 1988, while I was asleep, a terrible accident occurred. I was wounded by a lost bullet. I was in a coma for more than a month and since that time, we moved to the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa which helped with my physical recuperation. After many doctors’ visits, I was diagnosed with Paresthesia in my upper and lower limbs. Not having mobility in my arms and legs, I was compelled to use a wheelchair.
My wife and children took care of me. For long periods of time I concentrated on reading and did not perform any productive work. One afternoon I met Perla Fabiola Espinoza, a painter, who is also disabled. She paints with her mouth and she was also a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. Fabiola offered to teach me how to paint with the mouth and I gladly accepted the offer with hope. As I improved, my friend Fabiola suggested that I request membership in the Association and, thank God, I was later accepted.
I am now feeling that I am a useful person again with hopes and dreams of improving my life.