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Margarita Ibarra Flores

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DOB:2nd December 1956
Place of Birth:SAN MARCOS EVANGELISTA JALISCO MEXICO
Painting Style:Mouth Painter
Nationality:Mexico

I was born on December 2, 1956, in San Marcos Evangelista, Jalisco, Mexico. I´ve lived in Guadalajara since I was almost one year old, and I learned to love this land.When I turned 29, I was diagnosed with rhematoid arthritis. One day I felt very tired and, after working a few hours, I decided to rest in one morning. When I tried getting out of bed, it became a big feat. I thought then that my dreams had ended.First I felt a pain in my wrist, then my whole body felt numb. The floor seemed like a magnet and I couldn´t separate my feet from it. The sickness had affected me from my neck to the fingers of my feet, since it is a progressive degenerative polyarticular condition.Having arthritis has helped me to value everything in life. I know that life is wonderful and it is a miracle that people can walk or lift heavy objects. Once I could also do this and it felt very normal.The following year of my disability I started painting and studying painting, thanks to a teacher and some friends y neighbors that would take me to class in their vehicle. I always had a curiosity about painting since I was a young girl.Some seminarians took me to meet Mr. José Moreno, a mouth painter, who gave me lots of advice and shared with me some of his "secrets” about his work so I could apply them, and I did.Even though my sickness advanced to the brain, which prevented me from painting for some time, I now paint with all my heart.I currently live with my mother who is blind. She fills me with fortitude when I see how she has been able to overcome her disability. Thanks to my mom who is my complement and I am hers, we live constantly supporting each other.Thanks to the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of which I am a part of since 2006. Thanks for the opportunity to develop myself as an artist.

Paintings of Margarita Ibarra Flores
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