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This profile was last updated on 7/9/07  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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    VENDEDORAS DE FLORES
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Bryson Media - Press Releases
www.brysonmedia.com, 9 July 2007 [cached]
Felix Espinoza will Give Demonstrations at Gallery OnePeruvian Mouth Painter to Visit Ellensburg July 12-14
Ellensburg, Wash. (July 9, 2007) -- If you happen to pass by the windows of Gallery One on July 12 or 13 and notice a man painting with his mouth, don't be shy about stopping to watch him work - that's the whole reason for his trip.
Felix Espinoza, a Peruvian mouth painter, will visit the gallery, located at 408 N. Pearl St., in downtown Ellensburg on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.He will paint and give demonstrations at the gallery.From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday he will sell his art at the Kittitas County Farmers Market.His paintings consist primarily of bright oil and watercolors depicting religious and cultural Peruvian scenes.
The traditions, religion and scenic beauty of Perú are what inspire most of Espinoza's works, but his passion for art goes well beyond the simple need to create.It is something he says he was born to do.
In 1955 Espinoza was born in the small mining town of La Oroya.He entered the world without both forearms and with only one leg.His mother was unable to care for him, along with her other children, and so she sent her young son to live with another woman.
"Raising Felix was difficult for her," said Caroline Sullivan, a Winthrop resident and friend of Espinoza's."Raising Felix was difficult for her," said Caroline Sullivan, a Winthrop resident and friend of Espinoza's.
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"The teachers realized I was different from other people," Espinoza said."They encouraged me to study art."
Painting led to carving, sculpting and print making.And his ambitions eventually brought him to The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, or Pontifical Catholic University, a 90-year-old private university in Lima.
At Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Espinoza studied the craft of painting, as well as carving, sculpting, printmaking and pottery.After he graduated, he continued his education, studying in England and Mexico.In 1990, the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World awarded him with a scholarship, and in 2005 it made him an associate member of the organization.
"I have won seven awards in my life.I also received a scholarship to study in England," Espinoza said."I believe I was born to be an artist.I was just born that way."
As he honed his artistic talents, new opportunities arose, and he was given the chance to travel and continue studying in many countries, including Spain, Japan, Cuba, Taiwan and the United States.While on a visit to the United States in 2003, Espinoza met Sullivan, who was inspired by his work and perseverance as an artist.
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"I met Felix and wanted to help him succeed.
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It's a very nice place to paint," Espinoza said.
He focuses primarily on painting, and specializes in oil, watercolor and glass murals.He also spends a good deal of time on carvings, which he creates while grasping tools with his teeth.While visiting, Espinoza will stay with Sullivan's friend, Ellensburg resident Mollie Edson, a Gallery One board member.
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"To have Felix demonstrate his art in the window prior to the market will give that many more people the opportunity to be inspired by this amazing man."
After his trip to Ellensburg, Espinoza will have an exhibit at Arthead Gallery, 5411 Meridian Ave. N., in Seattle.That show, titled "Mouth and Foot Painters: 50 Years", will feature several artists and opens July 28.Visitors can meet the artists that day from 5 to 8 p.m.
Espinoza will be the featured artist at the show.His work will remain at the gallery until Aug. 25.
Web sites to check out:
Felix Espinoza: www.methownet.com/felix The Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World: www.amfpa.com Gallery One: www.gallery-one.org
Felix Espinoza
www.thasc.com, 25 July 2006 [cached]
Felix Espinoza - Artist
VENDEDORAS DE FLORES was created by Felix Espinoza, resident of Peru. Felix was born without his arms and paints with a brush held in his mouth. Felix has a love for art and lives with his wife and daughter in Peru.
Reproductions of artwork by Felix Espinoza are available for purchase on THASC.com as greeting cards.
VENDEDORAS DE FLORES by Felix Espinoza
Bryson Media - Press Releases
www.brysonmedia.com, 9 July 2007 [cached]
Felix Espinoza will Give Demonstrations at Gallery One Peruvian Mouth Painter to Visit Ellensburg July 12-14
Ellensburg, Wash. (July 9, 2007) -- If you happen to pass by the windows of Gallery One on July 12 or 13 and notice a man painting with his mouth, don't be shy about stopping to watch him work - that's the whole reason for his trip.
Felix Espinoza, a Peruvian mouth painter, will visit the gallery, located at 408 N. Pearl St., in downtown Ellensburg on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. He will paint and give demonstrations at the gallery. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday he will sell his art at the Kittitas County Farmers Market. His paintings consist primarily of bright oil and watercolors depicting religious and cultural Peruvian scenes.
The traditions, religion and scenic beauty of Perú are what inspire most of Espinoza's works, but his passion for art goes well beyond the simple need to create. It is something he says he was born to do.
In 1955 Espinoza was born in the small mining town of La Oroya. He entered the world without both forearms and with only one leg. His mother was unable to care for him, along with her other children, and so she sent her young son to live with another woman.
"Raising Felix was difficult for her," said Caroline Sullivan, a Winthrop resident and friend of Espinoza's. "Raising Felix was difficult for her," said Caroline Sullivan, a Winthrop resident and friend of Espinoza's.
...
"The teachers realized I was different from other people," Espinoza said. "They encouraged me to study art."
Painting led to carving, sculpting and print making. And his ambitions eventually brought him to The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, or Pontifical Catholic University, a 90-year-old private university in Lima.
At Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Espinoza studied the craft of painting, as well as carving, sculpting, printmaking and pottery. After he graduated, he continued his education, studying in England and Mexico. In 1990, the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World awarded him with a scholarship, and in 2005 it made him an associate member of the organization.
"I have won seven awards in my life. I also received a scholarship to study in England," Espinoza said. "I believe I was born to be an artist. I was just born that way."
As he honed his artistic talents, new opportunities arose, and he was given the chance to travel and continue studying in many countries, including Spain, Japan, Cuba, Taiwan and the United States. While on a visit to the United States in 2003, Espinoza met Sullivan, who was inspired by his work and perseverance as an artist.
...
"I met Felix and wanted to help him succeed.
...
It's a very nice place to paint," Espinoza said.
He focuses primarily on painting, and specializes in oil, watercolor and glass murals. He also spends a good deal of time on carvings, which he creates while grasping tools with his teeth. While visiting, Espinoza will stay with Sullivan's friend, Ellensburg resident Mollie Edson, a Gallery One board member.
...
"To have Felix demonstrate his art in the window prior to the market will give that many more people the opportunity to be inspired by this amazing man."
After his trip to Ellensburg, Espinoza will have an exhibit at Arthead Gallery, 5411 Meridian Ave. N., in Seattle. That show, titled "Mouth and Foot Painters: 50 Years", will feature several artists and opens July 28. Visitors can meet the artists that day from 5 to 8 p.m.
Espinoza will be the featured artist at the show. His work will remain at the gallery until Aug. 25.
Web sites to check out:
Felix Espinoza: www.methownet.com/felix The Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of the World: www.amfpa.com Gallery One: www.gallery-one.org
Gallery One: Felix Espinoza: Art Demonstration
www.gallery-one.org, 12 June 2007 [cached]
Felix Espinoza: Art Demonstration by webstaff Gallery One: Felix Espinoza: Art Demonstration
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Felix Espinoza: Art Demonstration
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Felix Espinoza was born in Peru in 1955 without arms. Since then he has become a professional artist whose career has led him around the world. Espinoza studied for five years at the Catholic University in Peru where he specialized in painting. His artwork now incorporates a variety of mediums including oil painting, watercolor, carving, printmaking and glass.
Influenced by the works of the famous Spanish painter Valazquez, which he learned at the Prado museum in Madrid, he creates intricately detailed images of saints and angels. Their richly ornate garments reflect the Spanish colonial influence in Peru
Felix will be working and demonstrating his talent in the Gallery One front window on Thursday, July 12th and Friday, July 13th from 11am - 5pm. The public is encouraged to drop by and meet the artist.
You can see more examples of Felix Espinoza's work at: www.methownet.com/felix
Gallery One:
www.gallery-one.org, 12 June 2007 [cached]
Felix Espinoza: Art Demonstration
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Felix Espinoza was born in Peru in 1955 without arms.Since then he has become a professional artist whose career has led him around the world.Espinoza studied for five years at the Catholic University in Peru where he specialized in painting.His artwork now incorporates a variety of mediums including oil painting, watercolor, carving, printmaking and glass.
Influenced by the works of the famous Spanish painter Valazquez, which he learned at the Prado museum in Madrid, he creates intricately detailed images of saints and angels.Their richly ornate garments reflect the Spanish colonial influence in Peru
Felix will be working and demonstrating his talent in the Gallery One front window on Thursday, July 12th and Friday, July 13th from 11am - 5pm.The public is encouraged to drop by and meet the artist.
You can see more examples of Felix Espinoza's work at: www.methownet.com/felix
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