Date of birth: 20.11.1982
Scholarship holder since: 01.03.2017

Juan Carlos Puerto Villomzar lives in the city of Arauca, on the banks of the eponymous river lining the border to Venezuela. About seven years ago, when chasing a football, he jumped into the river without previously checking the depth of the water. This resulted in a fracture of his cervical vertebrae and a spinal cord injury which left him completely quadriplegic. Two-and-a-half years ago he discovered mouth painting and now wants to give life to the typical landscapes and wildlife of the Arauca plains by capturing them in beautiful paintings.

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