Ganesh Kumar, a member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) became the star attraction on Wednesday at the Kochi Biennale with his on-the-spot painting.
Ganesh, who hails from a remote village in Kannur suffered polio attack at a very young age, which affected his arms and legs. But this did not stop him from pursuing his innate passion for painting.
“Art is my passion. Initially, it was painful to paint holding the brush in my mouth. I got in touch with other disabled artists through MFPA and it helped me immensely to widen my perspectives. I decided then that I should devote my life to art. I am running an art school for children,” he said.
Commenting on Biennale Ganesh Kumar said, “The venture has helped to widen the perspectives of Keralites on various art forms. Modern art forms like installations are new to Keralies. A classic example is the installation by Amar Kanwar,” he said.
At Biennale, Ganesh’s painting is titled ‘Contemporary Love Affair and Tourism’. “Love is commodified in the contemporary world. Emotions are being sold. People with sincere hearts are often harassed. My painting is an attempt to reflect this social phenomenon”, he said.