Born on 3 April 1972. Michael Arbtman has had cerebral palsy since birth and is therefore unable to use his arms. He can only use his right foot to perform easy tasks. He furthermore has a severe speech and hearing impediment. Despite his severe physical disability and communication difficulties Mr. Arbtman is a very sociable and energetic person, he possesses excellent technical skills and is able to use his mouth to do many things. One of the fields where he demonstrates outstanding skill is painting. For several years the mouthpainter has been a member of a painting circle in the home where he lives. He predominantly paints in oils.