Marian Basa was born in Galati, Romania on 17 November 1984 with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Very early on, he learnt to use his feet for everyday activities such as drawing and painting. At the age of ten, he ran his first exhibition. Because his mother could not afford to pay for his studies, his teacher decided to help him sell his hand-painted Christmas cards. His school produced 20,000 reproductions of these and all of them were sold within a week. At the age of 19, he started studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Bucharest. In 2018, he moved from Romania to Barcelona, where he painted before passers-by in the Old Town or on Paseo de Gracia, and also sold his paintings there. He applies several techniques, but likes acrylic best. His favourite themes are portraits. Besides painting, he likes travelling, learning languages, playing chess and indulging in sport.
Date of birth: 17.11.1984
Scholarship holder since: 01.03.2022