Full Members

These are artists whose work meet with requirements of professionalism as laid down by the VDMFK. They are guaranteed a good financial income for life, even should they no longer be able to paint.

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CHRIS OPPERMAN

DATE OF BIRTH

06.11.1969

PLACE OF BIRTH

Lichtenburg

PAINTING STYLE

Mouth Painter

MEMBER OF VDMFK SINCE

2011

Chris Opperman was born in Lichtenburg. He finished school in 1987 and began studying theology one year later. In 1989, on the day when he wrote his last term paper, he had a bad fall and fractured his fifth cervical vertebra.

It was not until 1922 when he moved to a home for tetraplegic people and saw several residents paint with their mouths that he mad an attempt and took pleasure in it.

Painting then became his great passion. Since 2011, he has been an Associate Member of AMFPA.

Chris Opperman prefers the technique of Oil Painting. His predominant themes include the landscapes of his homeland as well as animals and people.

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JOHN LOUW

DATE OF BIRTH

26.01.1949

PLACE OF BIRTH

Namaqualand

PAINTING STYLE

Mouth Painter

MEMBER OF VDMFK SINCE

2005

John Louw had an accident in 1967, at the age of 18, while riding his mountain bike. This resulted in paralysis of all four limbs.

A few years later he began to paint with his mouth.

He was soon able to make progress. In 1987 he received a scholarship from the Association. This allowed him to attend various art courses taught by artists of high standing.

 

In 1993 he graduated in art and received a diploma. In 1997 he became an associate member of the AMFPA.

John Louw has a passion for scenes taken from the animal kingdom in Africa. He also likes to paint landscapes depicting his native country. His favourite techniques are oils and water-colours.

 

Today John Louw lives in Veldrift with his wife.